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FrogWatch USA Volunteer Training

Posted April 07, 2014, at 10:23 a.m.

The Downeast Lakes Land Trust invites everyone with a passion for wildlife, and a warm place in their hearts for frogs and toads, to become a FrogWatch USA volunteer. FrogWatch USA is part of an international citizen science program in which individuals and families learn about wetlands and help conserve amphibians.

Participants do not need to be frog or toad experts to become FrogWatch USA volunteers! All that is needed is:

An interest in frogs and toads;

A willingness to participate in a volunteer training session; and

A commitment to monitor a wetland site for 3 minutes multiple evenings throughout the breeding season.

Sensitive to climatic changes, pesticides, habitat destruction and diseases, amphibians’ sensitive skins and semi-aquatic lifestyles make them early indicators of change in their ecosystems. Learn to identify the frogs and toads of the Downeast Lakes Region by their calls, and collect scientific data which can help researchers better understand local frog diversity, distribution and population densities.

This workshop will include a short walk outside to practice frog identification skills. Please be prepared by bringing sturdy shoes, a flash light, and wet weather gear if necessary.

Where and When? Saturday, May 10, 2014 – 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM, School Building, Water St, Grand Lake Stream, ME

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