FrogWatch USA is AZA’s citizen science program and provides individuals, groups, and families opportunities to learn about wetlands in their communities by reporting on the calls of local frogs and toads.
Frogs and toads have served as important cultural symbols for centuries; this can range from symbolizing fertility in ancient Egypt, luck in Japan, and rain gods for some Native American cultures to Kermit the Frog’s status as a modern-day celebrity. Frogs and toads have been vitally important in the field of human medicine and compounds from their skin are currently being tested for anti-cancer and anti-HIV properties.
Frogs and toads also play an important role, serving as both prey and predator, in wetland ecosystems and are considered indicators of environmental health. Many previously abundant frog and toad populations have experienced dramatic population declines both in the United States and around the world and it’s essential that scientists understand the scope, geographic scale, and cause of these declines.
The FrogWatch USA Community
Volunteers are the foundation of the FrogWatch USA community – these trained individuals listen for frogs and toads during evenings from February through August and submit these observations to a national online database. Monitoring through FrogWatch USA can be an enriching experience that allows one to connect with nature and also contribute to amphibian conservation efforts.
FrogWatch USA has established an expansive network of chapters across the United States, hosted at AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums, nature centers, and similar organizations. Chapters are led by chapter coordinators – trained experts in the program – who mentor volunteers in their community and host training sessions to recruit new ones.
DNRT is happy to be partnering with Buttonwood Park Zoo to offer a Frog Watch Training Session. Join us at the DNRT Center on 318 Chase Rd, Dartmouth, MA 02747 on Thursday, February 8th to learn more about being a FrogWatcher. Event is free, but please email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know you’re coming!