MN Frog Watch
Volunteer to participate in the Minnesota
Frog and Toad Calling Survey, a nation-wide program to monitor the
number and distribution of frogs and toad populations throughout the U.S.
Minnesota Frog Watch is run by the DNR. Participants will be assigned
to preselected routes and will be asked to conduct night-time 'listening
surveys' on three evenings per year between April and July. Training materials
(including audio tape), maps, and data forms will be provided. Volunteers
need a vehicle and valid driver's license, good hearing, an interest in
frog and toad conservation, a willingness to learn frog calls, and a desire
to participate in the program for multiple years. The total time commitment
is approximately 15 hours/year.
Streamside Salamander Home Contest!
NFW, the United States Geological Survey, and A Thousand Friends of Frogs
announce a two year contest to develop and test structures that can be
placed in good habitat for a number of eastern stream and spring salamanders
considered to be in serious decline. The effort will yeild designs by
citizens and naturalists that scientists can use to locate and sample
populations of these amphibians. Cash prizes will be given for best 'salamander
home' designs. For more information write to Sam Groege, Patuxent Wildlife
Research Center, 12100 Beech Forest Drive, Laurel, MD 20708-4038
State Amphibian and Reptile
Find out how you can help name them.
State Amphibian - Species Northern
Leopard Frog (Rana pipiens)
State Reptile - State Amphibian Blanding’s
Turtle (Emydoidea blandingii)
Web Site Wins Awards
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Listen to the Frog CALL
Frog populations are declining around the world. Malformed frogs have
been reported across North America and on other continents. Students from
Minnesota to Florida monitor frog populations, and share their creative
work with a global audience of schools, scientists, poets and painters.
Frogs are indicating to us that something is happening to our environment,
but will we listen to their Frog CALL?
In the production, Frog CALL, a really big frog (Alex) guides us through
some of the challenges facing frogs as they become adults. This beautiful
creature also shows us how amphibians act as indicators of environmental
quality and how we humans can help amphibians and care for the environment.
For its first year, the production travelled to schools in the metropolitan
area of Minneapolis/St. Paul and was viewed by over 2,500 students and
teachers. This interactive production is aimed at grades 2-6 and lasts
approximately 40 minutes. It was sponsored in part by the Minnesota Pollution
Control Agency and Hamline University's Center for Global Environmental
Click here to read student reactions.
The Online H.Y.L.A. (Helping Your Local Amphibians) Course
A FREE online course was available to educators about frogs
and the environment. Click
here for more details.
Educator Activity Guide
Click here for information
on the Educator's Activity Guide developed by the project or for other
resources on amphibians.
Frogs trunks have been developed by the project staff and are available
from the Science Museum of Minnesota. Check with the Science
Museum of Minnesota for rental rates. These trunks contain an array
of frog and amphibian materials which can be used by teachers to educate
students about frogs and the challenges that face them. Contents include
posters, learning activities, puppets, scientific materials, and of course
some plastic dart frogs!! The trunks have been funded by the Legislative
Commission on Minnesota Resources.
1,000 Friends of Frogs Partners with the WISE project
Bring the mystery of the malformed frogs to your classroom with the WISE
project! The Web-based Integrated Science Environment (WISE) project is
looking for educators to incorporate The Deformed Frogs Mystery project
into their classroom.
For more information on the WISE project, click
Friends of Frogs on federal Taskforce for Amphibian
Declines and Deformities
Staff from the project are acting as education consultants to this
federal taskforce which grew out of the challenges facing amphibians.
This is a program based in the Department of the Interior and has funded
specific research projects. Check out their web site by clicking
Friends of Frogs joins Partners in Amphibian and Reptile
A new organization to educate the public and policy-makers about the
challenges facing amphibians and reptiles was founded last year. Called
PARC, Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, is composed of various
agencies and non-profits involved in education and research on these groups
of animals. For more information on PARC, click