The U.S. Geological Survey’s Frogwatch USA program is looking for volunteer monitors. This USGS educational program provides children and adults with an opportunity to learn about the environment while collecting valuable information about local frogs and toads.
According to scientists, amphibians are declining worldwide; several species already have gone extinct, and other, once-thriving, species have diminished in numbers.
“Understanding the decline of amphibians is crucial to uncovering how society’s activities affect water quality, wildlife habitat and the overall health of the environment,” said Sam Droege, a wildlife biologist and amphibian researcher with the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Laurel, MD. “Over time, the information that is collected by volunteers will contribute to the growing body of knowledge regarding the status and health of amphibians in the United States.”
Last year, Droege said Frogwatch volunteers from 47 states included many young people, farmers, homemakers, naturalists, scientists and others. They are all actively monitoring sites and providing information to the USGS for analysis and evaluation. The information is displayed on the Frogwatch USA web site.
Droege urges citizens to join Frogwatch USA to begin to monitor frogs and toads in their communities to help those communities become better prepared for the environmental challenges of the 21st century.
For information about the program and to volunteer, call Frogwatch USA at 301-497-5819 or visit the web site at www.mp2-pwrc.usgs.gov/FrogWatch/index.htm