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.
FrogWatch USA is always seeking new volunteers to get involved in this nationwide effort! Becoming a volunteer is simple, and you do not need to be an expert on frogs and toads to participate. Learn how to become a FrogWatch USA volunteer.
Welcome back and thank you for your previous and ongoing participation in FrogWatch USA! Resources are available if you need assistance with any aspect of volunteering. Learn more to continue your involvement in this national citizen science program.
FrogWatch USA is a program with explicit scientific and educational goals. The overarching scientific goals include answering questions, on the local, regional, and national scale, about frog and toad diversity (including the detection of rare and/or invasive species), the timing of breeding activity, and the shifts in species diversity and timing over time. Educational goals include expanding the volunteer’s content knowledge about frogs, toads, and wetland habitats, as well as increasing their thematic knowledge about the nature of science. Organizational infrastructure, including the establishment of chapters nationwide led by local coordinators, online data entry, and communication tools, has been put in place to facilitate achievement of these goals and to foster environmental stewardship.
Success in meeting FrogWatch USA’s scientific and educational goals requires national, long-term participation in the program; therefore, the program’s success is contingent upon being attractive to volunteers that represent multiple dimensions of diversity including race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, preferred language, ability, and learning styles. In sum, we envision a program where all people in the United States feel welcome to participate.
AZA recognizes that volunteers may feel more comfortable when program leaders include representatives of their own cultural and ethnic group. Given the changing demographics of the country , diversity and inclusion efforts will target both the chapter coordinators representing FrogWatch USA in local communities, as well as the volunteers participating.
 According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s first set of population projections based on the 2010 Census, the U.S. will be a majority-minority nation in 2043; people over 65 years old will comprise 20% of the population by 2060; and Hispanics, the fastest growing minority population, will comprise one in every third resident by 2060.