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Volunteers Needed to Survey in Brownville

April 09, 2007 - TRC

Volunteers Needed to Survey Frogs in Brownville, Caucomgomoc Lake, Moose Mountain, Patten, Penobscot Lake and Pittston Farm Areas

FALMOUTH, Maine, April 9, 2007—Maine Audubon is looking for "citizen scientist" volunteers to listen for and note the sounds of frogs on several evenings through early summer in the Brownville, Caucomgomoc Lake, Moose Mountain, Patten, Penobscot Lake and Pittston Farm areas.

“Even though the spring snow set us back, wood frogs will be out any day now, especially in southern Maine,” said Susan Gallo, Maine Audubon wildlife biologist and coordinator of the Maine Amphibian Monitoring Project, which is entering its 11th year of assessing Maine’s amphibian populations.

Ideally, volunteers have e-mail and Internet access and can commit three years to the project. After passing an online quiz on frog calls, they conduct the two-hour surveys first in early spring to hear spring peepers and wood frogs, then in late spring to hear American toads and northern leopard and pickerel frogs, and finally in early summer for gray tree, green, mink and bullfrogs. Volunteers make 10 stops along their routes, waiting five minutes at each and noting the frog species they hear.

Maine has nine species of amphibians, and usually only a few are heard at any one time, making identification relatively easy for beginners. Potential volunteers as well as the public are welcome to take the frog quiz, designed by the U.S. Geological Survey, at www.pwrc.usgs.gov/frogquiz.

The Maine Amphibian Monitoring Project was begun in 1997 by Maine Audubon and the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to assess amphibian populations not only across Maine but nationwide as part of an effort coordinated by the U.S. Geological Survey.

Volunteers are also needed in Aroostook County (Bridgewater, Musquacook Lake, Oakfield/Stair Falls and St. John), downeast Maine (Deblois and Great Pond), central Maine (Greenfield and Monroe Center) and southern and western Maine (Bethel, North Lebanon and South Parsonsfield).

Those interested in participating should contact Susan Gallo at (207) 781-2330, ext. 216, or sgallo@maineaudubon.org.

MAINE AUDUBON works to conserve Maine’s wildlife and wildlife habitat by engaging people of all ages in education, conservation and action.

Maine Audubon maintains some of the most productive, science-based conservation and research programs in the region. Initiatives such as the Maine Loon Project, the Maine Owl Monitoring Program and ongoing programs to monitor and protect the endangered piping plover and least tern are made possible through partnerships with volunteers, public agencies, universities, and other conservation organizations.

NOTE - This article reflects the views of the author and not necessarily those of the TRC Alliance Team.