Leap at the Chance to Help with Local Frog Survey

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 peabody.yale.edu/events/become-a-frogwatch-citizen-scientist.

“FrogWatch USA” is a nationwide citizen-scientist program that provides individuals, families and groups with opportunities to learn about wetlands in their communities by reporting on the calls of local frogs and toads. Observations are reported to a national online database to contribute to amphibian-conservation efforts. “FrogWatch USA” has chapters all across America, hosted by zoos, aquariums, nature centers and other organizations accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA).

For information about other programs, events, exhibits and IMAX® movies at the popular South Norwalk family attraction this winter, go online to maritimeaquarium.org.



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