Officials Looking For Volunteers Michigan To Help Count Frogs
#Michigan #Frogs – Michigan Officials Looking For Volunteers To Help Count Frogs – Officials of the state of Michigan are looking for volunteers to help with the annual frog and toad survey, which is entering its 20th year. Scientists have reported a decline in amphibian populations worldwide since the 1980s, caused by pollution, habitat loss, disease and collection.
The annual survey conducted by Michigan is performed along a state-wide route network, with each route containing 10 wetland locations. Volunteers that have signed up to join the survey visit the locations three times every spring season, which is the time of the year that is the breeding season of frogs and toads.
During this time, it is more likely for people to hear the frogs and toads than to see them. They listen for the calls being made by the frogs, identify from what species the calls are from, and make an estimate on how many of that specific kind of frog species is in the location.
Upper Peninsula volunteers may hear the mink frog’s call, which sounds like a horse walking on a stone road. Volunteers in west Michigan, on the other hand, could listen to the Fowler toad’s call, which sounds like a bleating lamb.
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