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Aquarium Offers FrogWatch Training

The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher is asking the public to take a leap to help learn more about local frog populations. Staff will train volunteers to gather important information to help scientists learn more about amphibians. 

The citizen science program provides individuals, groups and families with an opportunity to learn about wetlands in their communities, recognize the unique calls of different species and report data on the calls of local frogs and toads. 

"Becoming a FrogWatch volunteer is a way to explore the outdoors and gain a closer connection with nature, even if you have a demanding schedule or are low on time,” said Andy Gould, Aquarium Outreach coordinator."Volunteers will also be contributing to our statewide and national understanding of amphibian health and conservation concerns."

Trained volunteers collect data at a local wetland site from February through August and submit the data online. No previous knowledge of amphibians or scientific background is required and free training is provided. 

Those interested in becoming FrogWatch USA volunteers can register for a single training workshop that includes fun activities and hands-on demonstrations. Workshops will be held 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays, March 5 at the Cape Fear Museum and March 19 and April 16 at the Aquarium. Space is limited to first 30 registered participants. For additional information click here or call (910) 772-0509.

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