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 Training dates announced!

Classroom training:

Thursday, March 5, 2020 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Meeting Location: 255 Rockville Pike, Suite 120, Rockville, MD 20850

Learn

  • FrogWatch- what is it?
  • Why are frogs important
  • How to choose a monitoring site
  • All there is about frogs and toads of Montgomery County and how to identify them
  • Protocols and
  • data entry

Field trainings:

  1.  Tuesday, April 14, 2020 from 7pm to 8pm
  2.  Wednesday, May 20, 2020 from 7:30pm to 8:30pm
  3.  Monday, June 22, 2020 from 8pm to 9pm

Meeting Location: will be updated on this site as we finalize locations.

For all field trainings, we may take a short walk from the parking lot to a nearby pond to better hear the frog/toads calling.

*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 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.