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FrogWatchUSA Training

  • Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve 4510 Twin Pines Road Portsmouth, VA, 23703 United States (map)

Do you love frogs and toads? Are you ready to become a citizen scientist?

On top of control all kinds of pesky insects, frogs are a vital indicator of the health of our ecosystems. Measuring the diversity of anuran species we'd expect to have around can help us identify problems with pollution, where nutrients are healthily balanced, and what changes we are seeing in our regions, and you can help!

Join us Thursday evening, March 22nd for a FrogWatchUSA training program. Supported by the American Zoological Society (AZA) this program engages individuals like you across the world to help identify these trends. Volunteers make observations at their monitoring sites between February and August, reporting their findings to an online national database. After training that night, you'll be empowered to identify our local species, and welcome to join us multiple times this spring and summer for after-hours observations here at the preserve.

Starting at 6 p.m. the training runs approximately three and a half hours. The Virginia Zoo's own, Yohn Sutton, our FrogWatchUSA regional coordinator, will cover 10-12 of the more common anuran calls and the frogs and toads that they belong to. There is an open book
FrogWatchUSA monitoring protocol quiz, and an auditory 10 question frog and toad call quiz at the end. If there's enough time after that, we'll take a brief hike along the main trail to make our first observations.

This program is free and participants from all ages are welcome but space is limited so advanced registration is required. Please contact us at hofflercreek@hofflercreek.org for more information or to reserve you space today! More information about FrogWatchUSA is also available here.