Because FrogWatch USA data describes local species diversity, detects rare and invasive species, and suggests shifts in species diversity, range, and seasonal timing (phenology), consistent implementation of the FrogWatch USA protocols is essential to ensure scientific validity. Do not report any species unless you are confident of the identification. Before each new FrogWatch USA season (February - August) begins, be sure to review the monitoring protocols below.
If your listening is interrupted by a loud noise or disturbance (e.g., airplane, cell phone ringing, etc.), restart the 2-minute acclimation period followed by the 3-minute data collection session. Remember to change the start time on the datasheet.
Data should be submitted online as soon as possible after each monitoring visit. The online data entry system requires Adobe Flash.
Bringing these materials to the field is important for safety and data accuracy.
Your safety is important. If you feel uncomfortable about your surroundings, stop monitoring and leave the site. Some common-sense precautions include: