Citizen Science Opportunity: FrogWatch

Southern Leopard Frog ©Rachel Gauza

Get to know the frogs in your backyard and help scientists study the populations of different species of frogs and toads across the United States.

Yup, it’s a Leap Year, and now it’s time to Leap For Amphibians with FrogWatch USA.

FrogWatch USA is the flagship citizen science program of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, and it allows families and individuals to learn about the different wetlands in their own communities and to help with the conservation of amphibians by reporting the calls of local frogs and toads.

An estimated one-third of the known amphibian species are now threatened with extinction, but citizen scientists can help professionals understand which frogs and toads are either increasingly common or in decline throughout the country by joining as volunteers of FrogWatch USA.

Over 40 FrogWatch USA Chapters are in place across the country, which are hosted by AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums and other similar organizations, and you can take part by joining up with one of them, or by visiting FrogWatch USA on their Facebook and Flickr pages and posting your own photos, stories, and videos about amphibians.

Derek Markham

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3 thoughts on “Citizen Science Opportunity: FrogWatch

  • March 3, 2012 at 2:55 pm
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    I love frogs. For a while it was the ONLY thing that I sort of collected…not live ones, but images of sculptures. My former wedding rings was a very cool frog on the top but a prince underneath which is how my 1st wife made me feel – for a day or two…

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  • March 3, 2012 at 5:54 pm
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    I write the blog from the bog, which is the official park blog for the West Hylebos Wetland. I post frog photos and information all of the time. Just posted two blogs on amphibian eggs recently found in the park and another on frogs that live in the park and their life cycle. Feel free to check this out.

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