AUMNH Chapter of FrogWatch USA™ offering volunteer training workshops

The AUMNH is seeking volunteers for its chapter of FrogWatch USA, an amphibian monitoring program sponsored by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Alabama is home to a great diversity of frogs and toads with over 30 species in the state. However, as is the case in many amphibian rich places worldwide, we are seeing declines in some of our amphibian populations. FrogWatch USA gives citizens the opportunity to be directly involved in gathering information that can lead to practical and workable ways to stop amphibian decline. The program relies on volunteers to collect and report information about wetlands and frog and toad populations in their area. YOU can help our frogs!

All volunteers must participate in the training session with a commitment to monitor a site for at least three minutes several times a month throughout the breeding season. You do not have to be a frog or toad expert. You need only an interest in frogs and toads, and a willingness to learn their calls. This program is free and open to individuals or families that are interested in learning more about local frogs, toads and wetlands.

The first volunteer training sessions will be held in two parts at the Auburn Museum of Natural History on Tuesdays March 18th and 25th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Additional training workshops are scheduled for Jacksonville on April 5th and Montgomery on May 17th. For more information and to register, visit the AUMNH Frogwatch USA Chapter or contact David Laurencio.

So Hop to it Alabama! Volunteer today and help our frogs!

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