Volunteers, Zoos, Aquariums, Nature Centers and Parks Get Ready for the Sound of SpringJan 19, 2011
Contact: Linda Cendes, 301-562-0777 x 236
Silver Spring, MD – With spring just
weeks away, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) today announced the
launch of its new, online training programs for future chapter coordinators and
volunteers of FrogWatch USA, the flagship citizen science program of AZA.
“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,” said Dr. Paul Boyle, AZA’s Senior Vice President for
Conservation and Education. “Many previously abundant frog and toad populations
have experienced dramatic population declines, and it is essential that
scientists understand the scope and cause of these declines.”
The more than ten years of data collected by FrogWatch USA volunteers can be
used to identify the ranges and peak breeding seasons of these important and
beloved species. There are currently 18 FrogWatch USA Chapters across the
country, mostly hosted by AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums, but the online
training program will allow many new chapters to launch before the spring
breeding season. In addition to zoos and aquariums, nature centers and
preserves, state parks, parks and recreation departments and similar
institutions are all encouraged to host their own FrogWatch USA chapters.
The self-paced, interactive online training courses, designed by NP Training
Works, teach coordinators how to start a chapter and certify members of the
public as citizen scientists for FrogWatch USA. The training courses are
available at http://www.aza.org/web-based-training.aspx.
“FrogWatch USA participation showcases dedication to amphibian and wetland
conservation, community engagement in research and education, and is essential
to the advancement of frog conservation science,” added Boyle.
This is the first in a series of online training courses AZA will launch over
the next year. To learn more about FrogWatch USA, becoming a volunteer, or to
find a local chapter, please 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
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