Help monitor the population of frogs in your neighborhood – like this American bullfrog – through the “FrogWatch” citizen-scientist program starting this spring. Trainings are offered by The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk (Feb. 22), Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport (March 1) and Yale’s Peabody Museum of Natural History in New Haven (March 8). Get details and sign up at www.maritimeaquarium.org under “Public Programs.” (Maritime Aquarium/contributed photo)
NORWALK, CT - The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk is seeking citizen-scientist volunteers who will … leap at the chance to participate in a new “FrogWatch” census this spring and summer.
This “FrogWatch” effort is a collaboration between The Maritime Aquarium, Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo and Yale’s Peabody Museum of Natural History to monitor area frog populations. The organizations are seeking volunteers willing to make regular visits to a wetlands in their neighborhood where frogs typically can be heard calling.
“FrogWatch” volunteers will visit their wetlands once or twice a week for about 15 minutes this spring and summer, beginning each night a half-hour after sunset. (Kids can help, but older children are recommended because, in summer, a half-hour after sunset can be after 9 p.m.)
You don’t have to know anything about frogs to sign up. Learn about our native species – and what will be asked of volunteers – during upcoming training sessions, each from 7 to 9 p.m. (You only need to attend one). Choose from:
• Wed., Feb. 22 at The Maritime Aquarium, 10 N. Water St., Norwalk.
• Wed., March 1 at Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport.
• Wed., March 8 at Yale's Peabody Museum of Natural History in New Haven.
The trainings are free to members of the three organizations, or $10 for non-member families.
Pre-registration is required at least one week before your desired session. Sign up online at http://peabody.yale.edu/events/become-a-frogwatch-citizen-scientist.