Frog and Toad Monitoring Program
You Can Help Protect Frogs and Toads
A gray tree frog
Frog and toad populations around the world are declining due to habitat loss, climate change, fungal disease and pollution. Through the North American Amphibian Monitoring Program (NAAMP), you can help monitor populations of frogs and toads to aid in their long-term conservation.
An Eastern spadefoot
In New York State, there are 14 different species of frogs and toads, several of which are under special conservation status. The Hudson River Estuary Biodiversity Monitoring Program provides coordination with NAAMP for recruiting and training citizen scientists (you!) in collecting frog and toad population data within New York State.
The information you collect helps develop an index of frog and toad distribution and abundance. Furthermore, it helps monitor the health and status of frogs and toads in New York State.
Become a Volunteer
Sign up for one of several training sessions offered, which are usually held in February and March each year, to learn how to identify each of the 14 individual frogs and toads in New York State by the sounds or calls they make.
Once you are trained, you will conduct surveys several times throughout the spring and summer months, listening for frogs and toads and recording your observations.
Training Dates and Locations
Currently, we are recruiting volunteers in the Hudson Valley Region (Orange, Putnam, Westchester, Ulster, Dutchess, Greene, Albany, Columbia and Rensselaer Counties).
To sign up, send an e-mail or call 845-256-3829.
|Date and Time||Location|
|March 6, 2014; 6-8 PM||Dutchess Land Conservancy, Millbrook|
|March 11, 2014; 6-8 PM
||Columbia Land Conservancy, Chatham|
|March 15, 2014; 9:30-11:30 AM
||Hudson Highlands Nature Museum, Cornwall-on-Hudson|
For questions or more information, send an e-mail or call 845-256-3829.
For more details about the volunteer program, visit the US Geological Survey North American Amphibian Monitoring Program website link in the right column.