I was reading through the June 2008 issue of Harrowsmith Country Life magazine from the library last night when I happened on an article about on the Canadian FrogWatch program (page 12). Since the sound of the frogs around our house, especially with the slough across the road, has been deafening some days (at times it sounds as if the Martians are landing, with very squeaky, very noisy helicopters), it sounds like a good project for us, especially for the kids. And something else to watch, and listen, to, along with our painted lady butterflies (Hornblower is watching them, too).
very easy. All you need to do is learn the frog and toad calls, choose a location to listen for calls, record your observations, and send your observations to us via our website, telephone, fax, or by mail. Your information will be entered into a database and you will be able to view a map showing your observation location and the location of other Frogwatch volunteers in Alberta.
There’s information available for the other provinces as well. In Alberta, we have until the end of June for monitoring, so guess what we’ll be doing next month. After we take the nifty frog and toad identification tutorial, of course, and register.