Frogs and toads need water to breed and it is during breeding season that frogs and toads are most actively calling, which is why FrogWatch USA volunteers choose wetland locations as their monitoring sites. All current FrogWatch USA volunteers are registered for specific monitoring sites. Tips are listed below to remind you of what factors should be considered if you would like to register a new monitoring site.

Find Local Wetlands

  • Contact someone from your town's planning agency to locate wetlands and identify who owns these properties.
  • Contact your local Parks and Recreation Department to find out if they have locations where you can monitor and if you need special permission to survey in the evening, as many parks close at dusk.
  • Search the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Wetlands Inventory to find a map of wetlands in your town.

Identify the Monitoring Site

Choose a wetland monitoring site that is:

  • Safe for data collection in the evening
  • Convenient for you to access multiple times a week
  • Generally quiet (e.g., limited traffic noise)
  • Legally accessible (obey posted rules on public property and obtain landowner permission if site is not on public property)

Register the Site

If you would like to monitor a new site you must download a site registration form and submit it online.

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