Knoxville Zoo searching for "Citizen Scientists" to monitor frogs

12:28 PM, Jan 22, 2013   |    comments
Knoxville Zoo in search of citizen scientists for FrogWatch 2013.
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The Knoxville Zoo is on the lookout for individuals with a knack for science. They need volunteers to help monitor frog calls in East Tennessee.

It's called "FrogWatch" and it is a national citizen science program coordinated by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

Volunteers can participate in a one day training to learn the different frog calls in the area.

Volunteers will then monitor frog calls and turn in their findings to the zoo.

The information will help scientists address environmental threats to frogs. Also, frogs are important indicators of problems which may affect humans.

"It helps us understand what is happening locally. Whether we have water pollution problems, or if something else is going on in the ecosystem, how animals in this area are affected by changes in their habitat, changes in their climate," said Steve McGaffin with the Knoxville Zoo.

There is a one day training for anyone interested ages 13 and up. The trainings will be held on February 2nd and 3rd from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Volunteers will learn how to identify 14 frog species by their calls.

FrogWatch volunteers will be asked to monitor a site two times a week for at least thirty minutes after dark from February through August. For more information call the zoo. The training is free.

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