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FrogWatch USA Citizen Science Observations

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May-26-2017 9:30 PM - 10:30 PM
Blandford Nature Center
Address: 1715 Hillburn Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504, USA

FrogWatch USA is a citizen science program of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). John Ball Zoo hosts an active chapter.

You don’t have to be an expert to join in FrogWatch and help contribute valuable information to scientists studying amphibians! This citizen science program provides individuals, groups and families the opportunity to learn about wetlands in their communities and report data on the calls of local frogs and toads.

Volunteers are asked to attend at least one training session; learn the importance of amphibians, identify frog species by their calls and, observe frogs in your area. We ask that volunteers commit to collecting data approximately once a week for about 10 mins during the season. Formal volunteer training sessions are offered in February and March with field trainings in the spring and early summer.

John Ball Zoo Keeper and BNC Wildlife Volunteer, Keith, will be doing a group observations on the dates listed below. This is a great opportunity to see what FrogWatch is all about and put your listening skills to the test with the help of an expert.

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