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Volunteer field work

Do you volunteer for an amphibian monitoring program? If so, what do you do?

  • Frog call surveys

    Votes: 7 38.9%
  • Salamander or other migration assistance

    Votes: 6 33.3%
  • An annual or more frequent bioblitz

    Votes: 3 16.7%
  • Egg mass surveys for either salamanders or frogs

    Votes: 2 11.1%
  • Other

    Votes: 8 44.4%

  • Total voters
    18

Lamb

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Hey!

I've begun working with the Mississippi Amphibian Monitoring Program again as a volunteer, and it made me wonder how many other members of Caudata.org participate in similar volunteer monitoring programs (civil scientist programs). I'm also curious as to the types of programs available in other parts of the USA, and abroad. So, check out the poll, but post more information if you volunteer outside of the North American Amphibian Monitoring Program (which focuses on frog calls).
 

Logan

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I don't volunteer. I currently get paid by SIUC to do chytrid surveys through most of Illinois but mainly Southern Illinois. My lab just did streckerii sampling this month. I would volunteer if I wasn't being paid though. This lab coordinates with DNR on a lot of work as well as other universities. To those volunteering I say wonderful job and keep up the good work!
Logan
 

Niels D

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I'm working together with 3 other volunteers. We visit three small National Parcs a couple of times a year. We're looking for and counting all amphibians and their eggs. We also take part in programs in which native species are reintroduced to areas where they're vanished. We're also watching for sighns of American bullfrogs establishing in The Netherlands. They pose a great threat to our native species of newts, salamanders and frogs, though they're very beautiful.
 

Lamb

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This is great to hear! Keep the information coming.

This is my second year with NAAMP, and this year I'm running two routes. To be honest, the first volunteer window is a bit monotonous (only peepers and leopards calling), but spring and summer windows are exciting.

I've also helped assist Ambystoma cross the Natchez Trace as they are moving to and from their breeding sites (A. maculatum and A. opacum). Unfortunately, I've only been able to do this once because I don't live within the immediate vicinity of the Trace, but I'm on the volunteer email roster. A number of other species also cross the Trace, and it can really be a blood bath when volunteers aren't available to help.
 

Bert

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Helping frogs and toads crossing the roads during spring migration.
 

Jefferson

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I post on the Michigan Herp Data atlas site, survey new parks for midwestern counties and cities, and am a member of the MI frog+Toad survey.
 

lexmiller

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MAN!!! I would volunteer but there really isn't much in my area as far as herps go. ANd I don't have time or resources to drop everything and go to the places CNAH posts positions for. Someday I will get involved more...for now I'll just admire the adventures you all get to be a part of.
 
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