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ABQ BioPark to Train "Frog Watchers" as part of National Effort to Help Save Endangered Amphibians

Frog Watch to include 3 training sessions and field work.
March 12, 2018 - According to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, nearly one third of all assessed amphibian species are globally threatened or extinct. Everyday citizens can help - no science background is necessary.
 
The ABQ BioPark invites community members to help do their part to monitor and protect New Mexico's 23 resident frog species through Frog Watch 2018.
 
Participants will learn how to monitor frog populations in New Mexico and become a citizen scientist. Training sessions will teach volunteers to identify all of the frogs and toads of New Mexico, and record and input data into the national database.
 
"FrogWatch is an excellent way for anyone to help monitor frog populations in our state," said Josh Davis, ABQ BioPark senior reptile and amphibian keeper. "You don't need any previous training and you will be adding valuable information to the national FrogWatch Database."
 
Frog Watch 2018 schedule: 
April 4 - Orientation and frog call identification
April 11 - Field scope and Frog Watch protocol
April 25 - Practice exam and make up day (optional)
May 2 - Final exam and field trip
(Training sessions will be held from 6-8 p.m. in the Botanic Garden's education building.) 

The training sessions are facilitated by the ABQ BioPark chapter of Frog Watch USA, which is a national program organized by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the ABQ BioPark's sanctioning body. 

According to the Frog Watch website, frogs and toads play an important role by 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," the site says.

Space is limited and registration is required. To register and get more information, contact chapter coordinators by March 30 at [email protected] or 505-248-8528.