2020 Amphibian Monitoring Training
Do you love frogs and salamanders? Would you like the chance to get outdoors and see them in the wild? Do you want to help your community support local amphibian populations? Frogs and other amphibians can be found all around Clark County, but their numbers are decreasing, according to Dr. Peter Ritson.
Dr. Ritson is looking for volunteers to help the Southwest Washington Amphibian Monitoring Project (SWAMP), an all-volunteer program dedicated to empowering community members to assess and preserve the unique ecological resources for our community.
After this 2.5 hour training session, where volunteers learn to how identify and count local amphibian eggs, volunteers get the opportunity to survey and monitor the frogs and salamanders in ponds and streams throughout the county.
“We want to educate Clark County residents about the importance of amphibians and their associated habitats,” said Ritson. “We hope to encourage their protection in several ways: engaging citizens in wildlife protection, providing data essential to species conservation decisions, and increasing public understanding of the importance of wetlands in a rapidly urbanizing region.”
Volunteers will be looking for eggs from red-legged and chorus frogs as well as northwestern and long-toed salamanders. Their information goes into a database used by county, state, and federal wildlife groups.
Free training will be provided February 15th from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm at the WSU Vancouver campus in the library building (VLIB 201). Peet's Coffee will be donating coffee. Please help us reduce waste by bringing your own coffee mug. No pre-registration is required.
Dr. Peter Ritson, [email protected]
Web site: theswampproject.org