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Potter Park Zoo to Create Mid-Michigan Chapter of FrogWatch USA

Date: 
March 12th, 2013

Potter Park Zoo is excited to announce the creation of a FrogWatch USA chapter. This marks the 78th chapter nationally, and the only one in the mid-Michigan area.

“Frogs and toads play an important role in our ecological system,” says Melissa Lincoln, zookeeper for reptiles and birds at Potter Park Zoo. “We’re eager to start tracking this information, and we hope the program will educate, engage and excite people about amphibians, too.”

FrogWatch USA is a "Citizen Science" program of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums. The program seeks to educate and involve individuals, families and groups in the collection and reporting of data on frog and toad populations in the community. Amphibians are considered indicators of environmental health. Programs such as FrogWatch help scientists understand the scale and possible causes of immense population declines happening worldwide.

Volunteers with FrogWatch USA are trained to learn when, where and how to collect data. They listen for and identify frog and toad calls at specific breeding sites around mid-Michigan, and then report their findings back to Potter Park Zoo. The information is then entered into a national database where it is used for monitoring the local amphibian population. Volunteers are not required to fulfill a minimum number of hours, and can participate as often as desired.

FrogWatch training classes for spring of 2013 will be held at the following times:

Sunday, March 17 from 2:30pm to 6:00pm
Wednesday, March 20 from 5:30pm to 9:00pm
Sunday, April 7 from 2:30pm to 6:00pm

All trainings will be held at Potter Park Zoo in the education building. Classes are free and open to the public. RSVPs are appreciated, but not required. For more information and to RSVP, contact ppzfrogwatch@ingham.org.