Come Join the Frog and Toad Call Survey for its 30th Anniversary!
The Frog and Toad Call Survey has a long tradition, starting in 1991. That was the first year a troop of community scientists learned the frog and toad calls and trooped out into the night to visit wetlands across the state. Over the years, volunteers have collected data on over 2,200 wetlands and provided an incredible record of frog and toad activity.
Program coordinator Stephanie Shepherd explains, “It's rare to have such a broad set of data collected over so many years on ONE species, much less a whole group of vulnerable species.”
To get involved with the frog and toad call survey you will need an adventurous spirit and the interest to learn up to 16 frog and toad breeding calls. Interested volunteers can see whether there are any survey routes near them by browsing the maps of available routes on the DNR website. If you don't see an available route that will work, creating your own survey route is also an option. The time commitment for conducting the survey and submitting data is roughly 10 hours total between April and July each year and will require being out after dark for roughly 2 hours during each survey period.
Each workshop will be limited to 20 households and a $5.00 fee is required. Registration will close on March 22nd at 5 pm or whenever the 20 household per workshop limit has been reached. Direct questions to Stephanie Shepherd at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interested volunteers must register for one of the three training workshops. Workshops are limited to 20 households each. Registration will close when that number of registrants has been reached or on March 22nd, 2021, whichever comes first.
There is a $5 fee to cover workshop materials. For more information and to register, go to www.iowadnr.gov/vwmp or e-mail email@example.com