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DNR seeks frog, toad listeners as part of its amphibian monitoring project

Tailless amphibians give clues to Wisconsin's environmental health

6:04 PM, Apr. 4, 2014
Green frog.
Green frog.
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About this time of year, a small army of volunteers take posts near designated wetlands across Wisconsin and sit quietly to listen to frogs.

These frog listeners are citizen scientists participating in the Wisconsin Frog and Toad Survey, coordinated by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Their mission is straightforward. By listening to various frog and toad calls, they determine what species of the amphibians are present. Then they estimate how many individual frogs there are, subjectively determining whether there are a few frogs, a moderate number of frogs or many frogs ...

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