Amphibians are some of the most threatened animals on the planet, and the anurans (frogs and toads) represent roughly 90% of all amphibian species. They serve an important role in the ecosystem as an indicator of environmental health. Their sensitivity to environmental changes has sparked efforts to understand the causes and geographic distribution of their decline.
Potter Park Zoo is inviting Michigan residents to become volunteer citizen scientists by joining the local chapter of FrogWatch USA. Not only will volunteers learn about wetlands and local conservation efforts, they will learn to identify frogs and toads by their breeding calls. As a citizen scientist, their observations will be uploaded to a national database. This is a great opportunity for adults and families alike to get outdoors and experience our native wildlife.
You do not have to be a frog or toad expert to be a FrogWatch USA volunteer! All you need is:
- An interest in frogs and toads
- Able to attend one training session and join the local FrogWatch USA chapter
- A commitment to follow the standardized protocol to monitor a wetland site over multiple evenings throughout the breeding season (February – August)
FrogWatch training classes for 2020 will be offered at Potter Park Zoo on the following dates:
- March 8 – 1 p.m. – Register for this session here
- March 21 – 1 p.m. – Register for this session here
- March 22 – 1 p.m. – Register for this session here
Please don’t hesitate to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or for more information on the program.