Volunteers Needed! “Lend an Ear” for Frogs across Maine

Volunteers Needed! “Lend an Ear” for Frogs across Maine

Posted on: Friday, April 12th, 2013

Wood Frog 2Maine Audubon is looking for volunteers to “lend an ear” and help observe the presence of frogs and toads in their local area. Wood frogs, the Northern Leopard frog and other amphibians are already active in vernal pools and wetlands throughout southern Maine, and will begin activity in the rest of the state within the next week. Frog and toad species make their mating calls for a very short period of time, often less than two weeks – the need for volunteers in the next week is crucial.

Volunteers drive along an assigned route three different times during the spring and stop at designated areas to observe the presence of nine different amphibian species. A free online training is available for all volunteers. Volunteers are needed for routes throughout the state. “Participating in MAMP is a fun family activity,” said Susan Gallo, wildlife biologist with Maine Audubon. “Adults and kids can learn how to identify frog and toad calls together and contribute to a great citizen science project that will help us understand the larger changes that are happening to Maine’s habitats.”

Learn more about the Maine Amphibian Monitoring Program.

To sign up for a route or to learn more about MAMP, please contact Susan Gallo at sgallo@maineaudubon.org or call (207) 781-2330 x216