FrogWatch

Montgomery County is a local chapter of the nationwide FrogWatch USA program! Montgomery County FrogWatch is an exciting way for individuals and families to participate in citizen science and to learn more about amphibians and the wetlands they live in. The Montgomery County chapter has existed since 2014 and will be kicking off its 9th year of monitoring in 2021!

The Montgomery County FrogWatch chapter is co-hosted by Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection and Montgomery Parks!

 

Frogwatch LogoWhat is FrogWatch USA?

FrogWatch USA is a nation-wide volunteer frog and toad monitoring program. Volunteers are trained to identify frog and toad calls at a wetland site and to report their observations online. Data is compiled and analyzed to develop conservation strategies for frog and toad species, and their habitat.

 

Why are Frogs and Toads Important?

Frogs and toads are pollution sensitive organisms and are indicators of environmental health. Frogs and toads are both predators and prey, serving an important role in aquatic food webs. As predators, tadpoles help clean waterways by feeding on algae and adult frogs and toads feed on insects that can be pests and transmit diseases, such as mosquitoes. They also serve as a food source for many other organisms.

 

Spadefoot Toad

Volunteer Commitments:

Throughout the breeding season from February to August, we ask that you commit to monitoring a wetland site three times. More information below:

  1. Review the protocol.
  2. View the volunteer training recordings (below) and reach out to chapter coordinators with questions and to receive appropriate forms. 
  3. Complete appropriate volunteer interest form to join the emailing list, connect with a chapter coordinator, and receive additional resources.  
  4. Adopt a site: you have the option of monitoring a pre-registered site or registering your own site on private property. Please note: Additional instructions will be provided to volunteers electing to monitor for Montgomery Parks.  Staff are able to assist in registering sites.
  5. Create an account and enter observations to the online database, FrogWatch-FieldScope. 
  6. Visit your wetland site(s) for a three-minute period 30 minutes after sunset weekly, or a minimum of three times throughout the frog and toad breeding season of February through August. 
  7. Ask questions and have fun! 
Image of DEP staff biologist showing kids a gray treefrog.

Image from a FrogWatch training

Training Recordings

  1. FrogWatch 101: General Overview: Learn about frogs and toads of Montgomery County, how to become a FrogWatch volunteer, and the program basics.  View a recording of the session here.
  2. FrogWatch 102: You are ready to become a FrogWatch volunteer! Learn the appropriate protocols including how to register your site!
    • View a recording of the main training session here.
      • Volunteers looking to volunteer for Montgomery Parks and monitor on Montgomery Parkland, please view this recording of the Montgomery Parks breakout session with Rachel Gauza.
      • Volunteers looking to monitor outside of Montgomery County Parkland should View view this recording of the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection breakout session with Kenny Mack.

Please email us at FrogWatch@MontgomeryCountyMD.gov. or FrogWatch@MontgomeryParks.org if there are any questions.

 

Image of kids participating in the FrogWatch training

FrogWatch is an activity for the whole family!

Resources for Volunteers

About Frogwatch

 

Reporting Your Findings

 

Learn More About Frogs and Toads

Additional Resources for Montgomery County FrogWatch chapter volunteers

Questions?

Email FrogWatch@MontgomeryCountyMD.gov or FrogWatch@MontgomeryParks.orgfor additional information.

 

 

 

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