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The Iowa Frog and Toad Call Survey is a volunteer-based survey that provides interested Iowa residents a unique opportunity the explore Iowa’s nature at night and use only their ears to detect wildlife. Volunteer wildlife monitors have been collecting data on Iowa’s frogs and toads since 1991, which helps track how well our amphibians are doing as well as how they react to changes in their world, such as changes to land use or because of climate change.
Amphibians globally are on the decline and there is ample evidence that they are sensitive to environmental changes. Frogs and toads are relatively easy to survey because during the breeding season they sing! Each species can be identified by its own unique song. Combine that with the fact that in Iowa there are only about 16 species of frog and toad you could hear, they make an excellent amphibian group for wide scale, volunteer monitoring!
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HOW DOES THE SURVEY WORK?
Volunteer monitors survey a series of 5-10 wet areas along a driving route. New volunteers can create their own route or there are a number of existing routes which need monitors. Every year, you would drive along your assigned route at night and stop at each wet site, recording all the species of frog and toad you hear calling. This survey is repeated three times within set windows during the spring and early summer (April to mid-July). You would than repeat this series of surveys on the same route each year for as long as you are willing.
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO BECOME A VOLUNTEER FROG AND TOAD MONITOR?
Commitment to learn:
Organization and Computer Skills
INTERESTED IN GETTING INVOLVED?
Plan to attend one of the training sessions which will be posted on the webpage or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to ask to be placed on a notification list once workshops are scheduled.
If you have questions you can call or email the survey coordinator at email@example.com.
The Volunteer Wildlife Monitoring Program is based at the Boone Wildlife Research Station, 1436 255th Street, Boone, IA 50036.
Frog and toad call survey workshops
anyone interested in participating in the frog and toad call survey must attend a training.
2024 WORKSHOPS ANNOUNCED SOON
Once open, the link to register for a workshop can be found at www.iowadnr.gov/vwmp!