Frogs and toads need you......the environment needs
you....they need your help and so do scientists to find out what is
going on with amphibians, but especially frogs and toads.
Involved in Surveying Frog Populations
CGEE is no longer involved in frog surveying. If
you are interested in surveying, go to the Department of Natural Resources
Minnesota Frog and Toad Calling Survey website: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/volunteering/frogtoad_survey/index.html
For more information on this survey, click Minnesota
Frog and Toad Calling Survey
For information on the United States monitoring
program, click here
North American Amphibian
Monitoring Program (NAAMP).
If you are one of our international visitors, check out some of the International
web sites in our Frog Resources. Or contact your local, state, provincial,
federal wildlife agency or non-governmental environmental groups and ask
the staff how you can help to learn more about amphibians and the environment
in your country. Get involved with your own environment!
Frogs--What can I do to help?
Since 1995, increasing numbers of amphibians,
but especially frogs and toads, have been found with a number of strange
deformities. Students in Minnesota discovered large numbers of deformed
frogs in a pond and the national media highlighted this environmental phenomen.
This issue is now high on the research agenda of scientists. However, this
problem is no longer Minnesota-based, as deformities have been reported
from across the US, as well as parts of Canada and even Japan. This international
phenomenon is intriguing scientists and is a wonderful example of how students
through environmental stewardship can bring an issue like this to the notice
of the scientific community and the general public. The photo here shows
some students involved in the Thousand Friends of Frogs Project
examining a deformed frog.
The causes of this are not yet known, and
scientists need more information on where these deformed frogs are
being found. In addition, knowing where healthy frogs and toads
exist is also helpful to scientists as they can then concentrate
their research in certain geographic locations. Remember to stay
safe when you are looking for frogs, leave them where they are,
even if they are deformed, once you have examined them. Try to catch
as many as you can of the same type or species and release them
after examination. Get permission to travel across various lands.
If you can not print the data sheet from your web browser, write, e-mail
or call us for a copy. So, get involved--go
outside and observe frogs!!
Check out the Science
Corner of the web site for further information on this strange
Amphibians have certain activities--they jump,
breathe, swim and live in a special environment--and so do people--they
jump, breathe, swim and live in a special environment. See, we are alike
in many ways!! So, let's try to do some activities that help our amphibians
- Participate in one of our surveys listed above
with your students.
- 'Adopt' a wetland area or other habitats that
frogs and other amphibians use. First, get the landowner's permission
to adopt the land. Care for the area by cleaning it of any trash and
record the changes in this are over time in a journal. You can take
notes weekly or monthly and build up a great record of this local area.
- Visit some of the web
sites listed in the Frog Resources area and learn more about frogs
from all around the world.
- Borrow some frog-related books from you local
library. Check out the list in the Frog
- Check out A Thousand Friends of Frogs Educator
Activity Guide and other learning activites.