Several years ago we discovered vernal pools. In fact my first ever blog post was about exploring vernal pools and the cover picture for the blog is usually of the boys sitting beside their favorite pool examining larvae.
A person might think we would get tired of studying frogs each spring, but there is a certain happiness to hearing the first spring peepers. This year we are thrilled to join citizen scientist across the US monitoring local frog populations.
Our local zoo, Akron Zoo, is part of Frog Watch USA, a citizen scientist project. We attended training back in February and received a CD of all the local frog calls. Thankfully there are only 16 species of frog we need to know by call. We started out knowing about six of the calls and were able to learn the rest within a few car rides listening to the CD.
Once each month we will be visiting a couple of our favorite frog locations. After sunset we will listen to the frogs for three minutes and report our findings through the Frog Watch website.
When we started homeschooling, one of our major desires was to “learn more about animals.” Frog Watch is a great opportunity to learn more about our amphibian friends and contribute to our community.