Monitoring the Nation’s Frogs and Toads: Join a Community of FrogWatch USA Volunteers and Chapter Coordinators
Sunday, August 4, 2013: 12:00 PM-5:00 PM
101C, Minneapolis Convention Center
Rachel Gauza, Association of Zoos and Aquariums
Shelly Grow, Association of Zoos and Aquariums
Roughly one out of every three amphibian species is threatened with extinction worldwide, with even more experiencing population declines. FrogWatch USA is a long-term, nationwide frog and toad monitoring program that engages the public in research to collect valuable data on anuran populations and supporting wetland habitats in the United States (www.aza.org/frogwatch). FrogWatch USA includes a community of volunteers and chapter coordinators and provides the resources and training needed. Workshop participants will: • Explore the benefits of citizen science and widespread public participation in scientific research; • Receive training on amphibian and wetland ecology and frog and toad species identification; • Learn about FrogWatch USA’s program goals, protocol, and how to serve as a volunteer or chapter coordinator; • Discover techniques for effective volunteer communication and management; and • Collaborate with colleagues and like-minded individuals to share knowledge and ideas. FrogWatch USA was established in 1998 to generate data that can be used to identify shifts in species diversity, range, and timing and may inform land management practices. Volunteers register a wetland and record the frog and toad species and calling intensities heard throughout the breeding season (February through August). Local chapters are established to promote data quality and enhance the volunteer experience. FrogWatch USA is a collaborative project that generates useful data, facilitates science learning, and inspires conservation engagement among a community of public and professional participants. All are welcome to attend to learn more about participating in the program and supporting amphibian conservation.