Call to Action: Volunteers to Train and Become Official Frog Watchers
February 17, 2022
Fort Fisher, North Carolina —Frogs keep us all hopping with curiosity—what are they saying? What do their unique sounds mean? And what kind of frog is saying them? The team at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher invites you to dive into the world of frogs and emerge an official FrogWatch USA volunteer. Frog enthusiasts can choose a Saturday session on Feb. 26, March 12, April 9, or May 14 that each run from 1 to 4 p.m.
During the 3-hour workshop, participants discover the unique calls and special role these amphibians hold in the eco-system, important to the mission of the Aquarium. The family friendly activities will engage the novice or the expert. No previous knowledge of amphibians or background in science is required. Upon completion of the workshop and an assessment, participants will become official volunteers for FrogWatch USA—an Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) community science program.
“We are excited to share this amazing training with anyone in the community who is interested in the important work of tuning into frogs and discovering how each one has their own unique sounds. Once trained as official FrogWatch volunteers, these community scientists will help us keep an eye and ear out for frogs as we all work to foster healthy and thriving habitats for these important amphibians,” said Andy Gould, education curator, North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher.
According to the AZA, frogs play an important role in wetland ecosystems, considered indicators of environmental health. Since there have been dramatic declines in their population both in the United States and around the world, it is essential that scientists understand the scope, geographic scale, and cause of these declines.
Interested participants should visit FrogWatch 2022 to register for a training session. For more information, please email Austin Conley or call 910-772-0508. For assistance with registration, call 910-772-0542.
In addition to the FrogWatch training, the NCAFF features a frog habitat and so many more animals, including otters and alligators. Visitors should plan ahead and reserve tickets online to enjoy the Aquarium. Reservations and masks are required.