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Do You Speak Frog?

Categories: Conservation, Volunteer

Is it more of a ribbit or a croak? Learn at the first Sacramento Valley FrogWatch USA chapter meeting on April 2, from 1 to 4 pm at the Sacramento Zoo.

Sacramento Zookeeper and local FrogWatch USA Chapter Coordinator, Kate Gore will teach volunteers to speak frog at the first chapter meeting of 2017. Volunteers will learn the calls of our native frogs and how to record their numbers in local areas. After the initial training, the time required is only 10-15 minutes, once per week!

Why frogs? Frogs and other amphibians play an important role in the health of ecosystems, but more than a third of the world’s amphibian species are currently facing the largest mass extinction event since the dinosaurs. Even in the United States, previously abundant amphibian populations have experienced dramatic declines. It is essential that scientists understand the scope, geographic scale, and cause of these declines.

“The data collected by FrogWatch USA volunteers can be used to help understand how amphibian populations are changing over time and can inform conservation and management efforts,” said Shelly Grow, the Association of Zoos and Aquarium’s Director of Conservation Programs. “Furthermore, learning to recognize and identify the frogs and toads calling at night is rewarding in itself and lets you appreciate your community and local wetlands in a whole new way.”

Sacramento Valley FrogWatch is one of more than 145 chapters throughout the United States, and the information gathered and submitted by volunteers has given scientists invaluable information about frog population numbers and species location. Become a Citizen Scientist and volunteer today!

Email to learn more and register for the training.