Loudoun Amphibian Monitoring Program
|Where||Loudoun County Virginia Loudoun County United States|
Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy needs citizen volunteers to help develop an inventory of amphibian species present in Loudoun County, VA, track populations and trends, and identify areas of critical habitat.
Participants can take part in several projects, including monitoring frog and toad calls, surveying environmental conditions, and assisting individual frogs, toads, and salamanders during road crossings. Participants will also identify and classify individual species that are present in Loudoun County while learning and teaching about their lifecycles.
These studies will provide early warning of declines in population size or occurrence of frogs, toads, salamanders, and newts. In addition, the studies promote public involvement in protection of amphibians and their natural habitats, which include both forests and wetlands, especially the ephemeral vernal pools that are most often overlooked.
|How to Join||
To join the project, fill out the "Let's Help Our Amphibians!" form at: http://www.loudounwildlife.org/Amphibian_Monitoring.htm.
(Scroll down the page to find the form.)
New volunteers will receive a hard copy of the Loudoun Amphibian Monitoring Program Notebook, which has the monitoring protocols for all three tracks, information on habitats and other monitoring materials, a CD of the Frog and Toad Calls for Loudoun, a CD of Special Articles as well as electronic copies of the data collection forms, an Amphibian Road Crossing sign, and an Identification Guide for the Amphibians of Loudoun County. These materials will be provided at the annual program orientation workshop held each February or March.
|Ideal Age Group||Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults|
|Spend the Time||outdoors|
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