With spring just around the corner, the sixth season for Cheyenne Bottoms’ FrogWatch Chapter is starting and volunteers are needed to help monitor area frogs and toads.
This program is for those who love all things amphibian, or those who just like the idea of being out-of-doors at twilight or after. Participants can sign up to help monitor the Cheyenne Bottoms amphibian population. The deadline for registration to participate is March 23.
FrogWatch USA is a long-term volunteer monitoring program of frogs and toads. During training, participants learn the eight local frog and toad species’ calls, data collection techniques and all things amphibian. Monitoring takes place at the Cheyenne Bottoms location for three minutes, twice a week during one month, which the participant chooses from April through August. It’s that simple.
A volunteer-driven program, participants log in and send their reports to the national center, operated by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. KWEC staff provide training and assistance. Each volunteer will receive a FrogWatch kit that includes a frog and toad call CD, data sheets, clipboard, thermometer and flashlight.
So make the leap and sign up for a fun program by calling KWEC to register. The toll-free telephone number is 877-243-9268. Training sessions will be scheduled after volunteers are identified.