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Shirley Heinze Land Trust to Host Free Frog Monitoring Workshops
Valparaiso, IN
02/02/2018 02:09 PM
The public is invited to two free training workshops for prospective volunteer monitors of local frog populations. Staff from Shirley Heinze Land Trust, The Field Museum, and Indiana University Northwest will present the workshops on Thursday, February 15th, and on Tuesday, February 20th from 7-9pm at the Meadowbrook Conservation Center in Valparaiso. The two sessions are identical in content.
The abundance and distribution of frogs over time is an important indicator of the health of aquatic ecosystems, as frogs are very sensitive to changes in their environment.  By monitoring frog populations, citizen scientists provide large amounts of data to help land managers and herpetologists recognize early warning signs of a declining habitat.
Workshop participants will learn about the characteristics of each species, their preferred habitat, and how to identify their calls. Participants will be given a data collection protocol, survey sheet, and access to audio recordings of frog calls of the species found in our region. New participants who would like to become a monitor will be assigned a preserve or natural area close to their home.  Persons wishing only to learn about the program are also welcome.  
Spencer Cortwright, Biology Professor at Indiana University Northwest, will lead the Thursday, February 15th workshop, and Alan Resetar, Amphibian and Reptile Collections Manager at The Field Museum, will lead the Tuesday, February 20th workshop. The Meadowbrook Conservation Center is located at 109 W. 700 N., Valparaiso, IN 46385.
To register, or for more information, call Sarah at Shirley Heinze Land Trust at (219) 242-8558 or email sbarnes@heinzetrust.org .  Space is limited, so early registration is advised.
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Sarah Barnes
219-242-8558
 
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