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St. Louis Zoo Looking for Frog Listeners

March 13, 2018 - 7:02 am
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - The St. Louis Zoo is looking for a few good volunteers to listen for frogs.  

 

Frog Watch USA is a national program that the St. Louis Zoo takes part in.  Michael Dawson, conservation education liaison with the zoo says male frogs are coming out of hibernation out of the mud or water. They’ll start calling to attract females.

"Some come out in February and are done by April, and some come out in April and are done by late May. Some come out in July or August, so your big bullfrogs and things like that you won't really hear until the summer time. Right now we have some of the smallest guys out, the spring peepers, chorus frogs, and some of those guys out there,"

He explains species of frogs and toads are not doing well for a variety of reasons.

"In our area, in the Midwest there is a decline, it's not a massive one, but there's still a 2 to 3 percent decline in some of our smaller species, and we'd like to know how they're doing. We also have a lot of successes, there are places that they've shown back up," he says. 

Dawson says they are also looking to establish when frogs come out. You'll be trained and asked to register the site you plan to monitor during frog breeding season, February through the end of August.  You'll record what you hear and go online and submit the data.