FrogWatch

Montgomery County is a chapter in the nationwide FrogWatch USA program! Our chapter 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 is kicking off its 7th year of monitoring in 2020!

 

Frogwatch LogoWhat is FrogWatch USA?

FrogWatch USA is a nation-wide volunteer frog and toad monitoring program run by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Volunteers are trained to identify frog and toad calls at a wetland site and to report their data 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:

Montgomery County will provide a volunteer training session every year in January or February and up to three field trainings at a site during the monitoring season. Throughout the breeding season from February to August, we ask that you commit to monitoring a wetland site for a three minute period 30 minutes after sunset weekly. You have the option of monitoring a pre-registered site by the County or registering your own site.

Staff are able to assist in registering sites.

 

Image of DEP staff biologist showing kids a gray treefrog.

FrogWatch training

2020 Field Trainings

  1. Please note: the Tuesday, April 14, 2020 field training has been cancelled. 
  2. Wednesday, May 20, 2020 from 7:30pm to 8:30pm – Meadowside Nature Center, 5100 Meadowside Ln, Rockville, MD 20855
  3. Monday, June 22, 2020 from 8pm to 9pm – Maydale Nature Classroom, 1638 Maydale Drive, Colesville, MD 20905

We will update the information if the May and June field trainings are changed.

For all field trainings, we will meet at the parking lots of the locations listed above and take a short walk to a nearby pond to better hear the frog/toads calling.

We will post any training cancellations on this website.

*Please note: Due to the monitoring protocols, the training will be cancelled if there is heavy rain.   So that you can receive updates in case of cancellations due to weather, please register for events.

To register for the training to receive updates or if you want to hear about future training sessions, please email frogwatch@montgomerycountymd.gov.

 

For Returning Volunteers:

If you attended one of the volunteer trainings in the last 2 years, you do not have to participate in a training session but are welcomed to.

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

Questions?

Email frogwatch@montgomerycountymd.gov for additional information.