What is FrogWatch USA?
FrogWatch USA is AZA’s flagship citizen science program that invites individuals and families to learn about the wetlands in their communities and help conserve amphibians by reporting the calls of local frogs and toads. Volunteers are trained in identifying local frog species, then choose a convenient wetland to monitor several times over the spring and summer. Each monitoring session lasts only 5 minutes, during which time volunteers record which species they hear as well as local weather conditions at the time. The data is then uploaded using an easy-to-use website.
Why FrogWatch is important
Amphibian populations continue to experience dramatic population declines in the United States and around the world. It is essential that we understand the scope, scale, and cause of these declines. The commitment and data from FrogWatch volunteers around the country are vital to the AZA as they develop practical strategies for the conservation of these important native species.
Why Join FrogWatch USA?
Helping amphibians is easier than you think, and you don’t have to be a frog or toad expert to be a FrogWatch USA volunteer! All you need is an interest in frogs and toads and a willingness to participate in a FREE volunteer training session. FrogWatch volunteers can pick any site -- a backyard pond, a local stream, or your favorite campsite -- and spend no more than 5 minutes in the evening listening for frogs and toads. While we recommend volunteers listen once a week, the scheduling is entirely up to the volunteer.
Volunteer trainings are offered free of charge every spring. During training, you'll learn all about the frogs and toads found locally, listen to their calls, how to identify the various species based on the calls, and more. Training sessions are open to individuals 13 years and over, and children 16 & under must be accompanied by an adult. FrogWatch participants are required to attend the trainings, and registration is required. Space is limited.
To register for future training sessions, contact Dave Littlehale via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.