One of our most popular and highly anticipated events just got sweeter! A partnership with SIUE is allowing us to expand our Frog Programming - from Frog Walks to include FrogWatches. Expect to see and hear peepers, bullfrogs, tree frogs, and more! Dress to get messy - waterproof boots, long pants, flashlights, etc.
Frog Walks teach participants how to identify local frog and toad species based on sight and sound. We listen to their calls in our Interpretive Classroom within the Welcome Center - while looking at their pictures and getting to learn about their niche habitat and specific adaptations. After a brief introductory presentation - we follow a frog expert onto the marsh and get dirty looking for the animals we just learned about.
Registration 2020: TBA
FrogWatch will be similar and directly compliments Frog Walks. It required a period of uninterrupted silence to assess the local frog population based on sound - not sight. We then upload the data into a citizen science database, similar to our birding programs.
Love frogs and toads? Love being in nature? You do not need to be an expert to become a FrogWatch USA Volunteer! You just need is an interest in frogs and toads and the willingness to participate in a volunteer training session with a commitment to monitor a site for at least three minutes twice a week throughout the breeding season, February through August.
Visit here to sign up for training at the Watershed!
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.