BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (WTNH) — Are you interested in becoming a frog census observer?
According to the zoo, Citizen-Scientists will make regular visits to wetlands in their neighborhoods once or twice a week and record the frogs and toad calls that they hear. Watches begin a half hour before sunset, which according to Beardsley Zoo Spokesperson Amanda Bolanos, makes the watch ideal for families with older children.
Data gathered from these observations will be reported to a national online database that contributes to amphibian conservation efforts. Beardsley Zoo is also collaborating their participation in the program with The Maritime Aquarium of Norwalk and Yale’s Peabody Museum.Related Content: Beardsley Zoo live-streams tiger cubs
Jim Knox, education curator at the Beardsley Zoo, believes that new local participation in the FrogwatchUSA program will open new opportunities for Connecticut residents.
Frogwatch USA is a wonderful way for us to engage a new generation of people interested in preserving animal habitats and conservation. This program demonstrates how we can all play a part in protecting wildlife.”
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According to the zoo, no prior experience is necessary to enroll in the program. One training session is required, and the public can choose from the following upcoming dates:
- Tuesday, February 20th (Snow Date February 22nd): First Floor Meeting Room, Connecticut Forest and Park Association
- Thursday, March 1st (Snow Date: March 6): Beardsley Zoo, 1875 Noble Ave., Bridgeport
- Saturday, March 10th (Snow Date: March 13): Maritime Aquarium; 10 North Water Street, Norwalk
- Tuesday, March 20th (Snow Date: March 22nd): Environmental Science Center (located next to the Peabody Museum), New Haven