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Posted on: February 2, 2022

[ARCHIVED] FrogWatch Training (Session 1)

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The Hutchinson FrogWatch chapter is looking for citizen scientists to monitor frogs and toads in the local area. The local chapter was established in 2019 and is coordinated by a partnership between the Dillon Nature Center and the Hutchinson Zoo.

Please consider joining us at Dillon Nature Center on Wednesdays from 3:30-5:00 p.m. on Feb. 16, through March 9, for the first training of 2022.

There is no cost to attend the training; adults, teens, and children with an adult partner are all welcome to sign up. After training, volunteers are expected to monitor their survey site weekly throughout the spring and summer months and record the data through an online system.

Why is this important? There has been a significant decline in amphibian populations over the past several years due to pollution, climate change, and other human impacts. Frogs and toads are in the middle of various food chains and are often used to indicate the overall health of the environment. By becoming a citizen scientist and helping monitor populations, you can contribute to conservation efforts that impact ecosystems right here in Kansas.

In order to be certified, citizen volunteers must attend all training sessions and pass written and auditory tests.

FREE - Must register to participate. Online at hutchrec.com or call DNC 620-663-7411.

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