Program Encourages Community Stewardship by Training Volunteers to Report Frogs and Toads in Local Wetlands
El Paso, TX (March 31, 2014) – The El Paso Zoo, in cooperation with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), is offering in-person chapter coordinator training workshops throughout the country with the support of National Science Foundation grant funding. A workshop will be offered at the El Paso Zoo on Saturday, May 3. Register Online
Registration closes on April 23 at 3p.m. Mountain Time. Additional workshops are being scheduled and online coordinator training courses are also available.
Amphibians play an important role in the health of ecosystems. As a result of habitat destruction, pollution, environmental changes, and other factors, more than 1/3 of the world's amphibian species are facing the largest mass extinction since the dinosaurs. Take action and celebrate the “spring forward” time change by engaging in amphibian conservation in your community.
FrogWatch USATM is a citizen science program dedicated to collecting information about frog and toad populations, raising awareness about amphibians and wetlands, and engaging the public in science. FrogWatch USA volunteers have been collecting data on the frogs and toads heard calling in local wetlands during evenings from February through August since 1998, and together contribute to a long-term, large-scale effort to gather information on species presence, habitat use, and changes over time. Previously abundant amphibian populations have experienced dramatic population declines in the United States, and the data collected by citizens scientists can help understand the scope, geographic scale, and causes of population declines to inform conservation and research efforts.
You do not have to be a frog or toad expert to make an important contribution. There are more than 100 FrogWatch USA chapters across the nation available to train and support volunteers. Join a local chapter and learn how to identify frogs and toads by their unique breeding calls, select a wetland monitoring site, and collect and submit data. Data are input online to a nationwide data entry and visualization system which is readily accessible by anyone with an interest in frogs and toads. FrogWatch USA’s online data entry, mapping, and analysis system is powered by FieldScope, a platform developed by the National Geographic Society for citizen science projects. Locate a chapter on the interactive chapter map, or use other maps, graphs, and calling calendar visualizations to determine when species are likely to be heard calling, compare observations over time, and examine how species compositions change across regions. Learn more about data collection, entry, and visualization by visiting www.aza.org/frogwatch.
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