Silver Spring, MD (February 28, 2012) – With Leap Year adding an extra day to your calendar, take a giant leap for amphibians by joining FrogWatch USA, the flagship citizen science program of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. FrogWatch USA allows individuals and families to learn about the wetlands in their communities and help conserve amphibians by reporting the calls of local frogs and toads.
“It is estimated that a third of frogs and other amphibians around the world are threatened by extinction,” said Dr. Paul Boyle, AZA’s Senior Vice President of Conservation and Education. “You, your family and your neighbors can help save these species by becoming citizen scientists.”
Between February and August, individuals and families can engage in amphibian conservation and management with FrogWatch USA by reporting the calls of frogs and toads heard in their area. Previously abundant amphibian populations have experienced dramatic population declines in the United States.
Observant FrogWatch USA volunteers can help scientists understand the scope, geographic scale, and cause of these declines. The data may be used to describe local species diversity, detect rare and non-native species, suggest shifts in species diversity, range, and seasonal timing, and inform the development of land management strategies.
Volunteers are trained to identify local frog and toad species by their calls and how to collect and report their findings accurately. Chapters engage people in both science and conservation in such a way that each volunteer is empowered to play a real role in the scientific process. To learn more about FrogWatch USA and how to get involved, visit http://www.aza.org/frogwatch/.
Take part in the amphibian conversation by visiting FrogtWatch USA on Facebookand Flickr to post your amphibian photos, stories, and videos.
There are currently over 40 FrogWatch USA Chapters across the country, hosted by AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums and other like-minded organizations. To see a complete list of chapters, visit http://www.aza.org/become-a-frogwatch-volunteer/.
Founded in 1924, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of zoos and aquariums in the areas of conservation, education, science, and recreation. Look for the AZA logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you, and a better future for all living things. The AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation, and your link to helping animals in their native habitats. To learn more, visit www.aza.org.
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