Sunday, March 28, 2010

Volonteers needed to Count Frogs in Northern Vermont!

The North American Amphibian Monitoring Program is having a trouble finding volunteers in northern Vermont to help with the annual survey of frog populations.

Volunteers learn to recognize about a dozen different frogs by their spring calls, then go out on three evenings over three months to listen for the amphibians.

Scientists have been worried for a number of years about the global decline of frogs, salamanders and other amphibians — a puzzle that has been blamed on habitat destruction, disease, pesticide use and other possible causes.

Collecting background data on populations is an essential element in tracking species decline (or recovery) — the grunt work of science to which trained volunteers can contribute.

I’ll bet there are few Vermonters who can’t identify a spring peepers, but for the rest, the U.S. Geological Survey has excellent recordings of frog calls on line.

To learn more, go to . If you’d like to enlist, send email to Vermont’s coordinator, Joe Przypek, Among the routes still available are ones in Starksboro, St. Albans, Barre, Ryegate and Topsham.

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