Classes held at the Detroit Zoo and Belle Isle Nature Center
The Detroit Zoological Society (DZS) is inviting Southeast Michigan residents to hop to it and join the local chapter of FrogWatch USA. The citizen science program teaches volunteers how to identify frogs and toads by their breeding calls and to gather and record data that supports a national network.
“We already know about the extinctions and crises amphibians face globally, but we also need to keep tabs on what’s happening in our own backyard. This program lets people in southeast Michigan help monitor our native amphibians and make sure their populations are healthy,” said DZS Chief Life Sciences Officer Scott Carter.
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FrogWatch volunteers choose from locations throughout the tri-county area and monitor the sites for several weeks. Their observations provide valuable insight into whether amphibians in the region are declining or increasing or if new species are being found in areas where they have not been identified before.
“FrogWatch is a unique opportunity for our community to join us in helping amphibians,” Carter said.
FrogWatch training classes for 2019 will be offered free of charge at the Detroit Zoo’s Ford Education Center on the following dates: Wednesday, Jan. 30, 5 to 9 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 3, noon to 4 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 9, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Tuesday, Feb. 26, 5 to 9 p.m.; Sunday, March 3, 1 to 4 p.m.; and Thursday, March 14, 5 to 9 p.m.
In addition, a class will be held at the Belle Isle Nature Center on Sunday, March 24, noon to 4 p.m.
FrogWatch USA is a collaborative effort among the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) and AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums throughout the U.S. The program allows individuals and families to learn about the wetlands in their communities and to contribute to the conservation of amphibians.
The Detroit Zoological Society – a renowned leader in humane education, wildlife conservation, animal welfare and environmental sustainability – operates the Detroit Zoo and Belle Isle Nature Center. In recognition of its environmental leadership, the DZS received the top Green Award from the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) and was named Best-Managed Nonprofit by Crain’s Detroit Business. With an annual regional economic impact of more than $100 million, the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak is one of Michigan’s largest paid family attractions, hosting more than 1.3 million visitors annually. Its 125 acres of award-winning naturalistic habitats are home to 2,000 animals representing 230 species. The Belle Isle Nature Center sits on a 5-acre site surrounded by undisturbed forested wetlands on Belle Isle State Park in Detroit. It provides year-round educational, recreational and environmental conservation opportunities for the community. For hours, prices, directions and other information, call (248) 541-5717 or visit detroitzoo.org.