What is FrogWatch USA?
FrogWatch USA is a citizen science program of the
Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) that provides individuals, groups,
and families with an opportunity to learn about wetlands in their
communities and report data on the calls of local frogs and
toads. Volunteers collect data during evenings from February through
August and have been submitting data for over 15 years.
are entered and accessed online.
Learn more about FrogWatch USA's innovative online data entry, mapping,
and analysis platform where volunteers, chapter coordinators, researchers,
and anyone with an interest in frogs and toads can explore the FrogWatch
USA data. Data are readily available for ongoing analyses to help develop
practical strategies for the conservation of these important species.
Use these links to view some of the FrogWatch USA reports generated
from the data:
FrogWatch USA Online
The seasonal FrogWatch USA newsletter features the experiences and photos of volunteers, along with program updates and training announcements. Subscribe to receive FrogWatch USA Newsletters. You can also follow FrogWatch USA on Facebook and subscribe to the FrogWatch USA YouTube Channel.
FrogWatch USA and
the Saint Louis Zoo are both featured in the "Frog Whisperers" episode of PBS KIDS' 2015 SciGirls, an
Emmy Award-winning television and online series that encourages
youth - particularly middle school-aged girls - to pursue studies
and careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
(STEM). Be inspired by these incredible young women and become a FrogWatch USA citizen scientist!
AZA Commercial Member K & M International, home of the Wild
Republic brand and the exclusive AZA licensed toy line, is a
supporter of AZA and FrogWatch USA, and has created a line of frog
and toad stuffed animals that make authentic frog calls when
squeezed. These cuddly plushes are realistically portrayed down to
unique features like skin patterns and colors. They are fun
educational products best suited for ages 7 and up. Collect all eight! A full online listing of AZA Commercial Members is also available for your perusal.
FrogWatch USA Volunteers
FrogWatch USA volunteers learn to
identify local frog and toad species by their calls during the breeding
season and how to report their findings accurately. By mastering these
skills, volunteers gain increased experience and control over asking and
answering scientific questions which, in turn, augments science literacy,
facilitates conservation action and stewardship, and increases knowledge of
amphibians. Learn more about how to become a
FrogWatch USA volunteer!
Current FrogWatch USA Volunteers
Welcome back and thank you for your participation in previous FrogWatch
USA seasons! Learn more about continuing your
involvement in this national citizen science program.
FrogWatch USA Chapters operate within a national
AZA infrastructure and are hosted and managed by zoos, aquariums, and
like-minded organizations. Development of a FrogWatch USA Chapter
showcases each institution’s involvement in amphibian and wetland
conservation, community engagement in research and education, and is
essential to the advancement of the FrogWatch USA program. Learn more about hosting
a FrogWatch USA Chapter.
What is Citizen
While an exact definition of citizen science remains
elusive, it generally refers to research collaborations between
scientists and volunteers that expand opportunities for scientific data
collection while also providing access to scientific information for
community members. Citizen science programs may be appropriate for
supporting research questions that are long-term and/or large-scale in
nature, requiring significantly more data than a single researcher or
small research team could compile. To date, long-term data collected by
citizen scientists has provided evidence about species distribution as
well as identified some impacts climate disruption has had on wildlife.
Moving forward, as the pace of large-scale ecosystem change increases,
data collected by citizen scientists will continue to grow in
Frogs and toads have served as
important cultural symbols for centuries; this can range from symbolizing
fertility in ancient Egypt, luck in Japan, and rain gods for some Native
American cultures to Kermit the Frog’s status as a modern-day celebrity.
Frogs and toads have been vitally important in the field of human
medicine and compounds from their skin are currently being tested for
anti-cancer and anti-HIV properties.
Frogs and toads also
play an important role, serving as both prey and predator, in wetland
ecosystems and are considered indicators of environmental health. Many
previously abundant frog and toad populations have experienced dramatic
population declines both in the United States and around the world and
it’s essential that scientists understand the scope, geographic scale,
and cause of these declines. Learn more about
To learn more
about the AZA FrogWatch USA program, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.