If you’re looking for a riveting activity for the family this weekend, Potter Park Zoo is offering a new FrogWatch training program to help get you outdoors.
You can become a volunteer citizen scientist and help monitor the global declining frog and toad populations with FrogWatch USA.
The program teaches volunteers how to identify frogs and toads by their breeding calls and how to gather data the supports a national network.
Many frog and toad populations have experienced dramatic declines and it’s essential scientists understand the scope, scale, and cause of these declines.
Even in Lansing, monitoring populations of frogs and toads is important.
Frogs and toads play an important role as both prey and predator in wetland ecosystems.
They are also important in the field of human medicine and compounds form their skin are currently being tested for anti-cancer and anti-HIV properties.
You do not have to be a frog or toad expert to be a FrogWatch volunteer.
All you need is to attend one training session at Potter Park Zoo and the willingness to monitor a wetland site throughout the breeding season from February through August.
Training classes for 20018 will be offered in the Coral Reed Room at Potter Park Zoo:
– March 24 9am
-March 24 2pm
-March 25 12pm