The Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge is looking for volunteers to help collect information about frogs and toads that depend on the refuge to survive. The program is the first step in a larger program to study the timing of natural and life cycle events. And the data collected will help refuge managers better plan for Montezuma's future and protect the habitats and wildlife.
Volunteers will be trained to recognize frog and toad calls, collect and record data and conduct what they call their FrogWatch Surveys. Surveys will be conducted at least three times per week from March through August. Volunteers are asked to commit to doing at least one survey per week.
There will be three information and training sessions held at the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, 3395 U.S. Route 20 East, Seneca Falls, Feb. 12, 19 and 26 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Refuge staff will discuss wetlands, the importance of frogs and toads to the ecosystems and daily life, offer training on how to recognize their calls, and orient volunteers to the survey locations.
Attendance at all three training sessions is highly recommended. To sign up to volunteer and to register contact Andrea VanBeusichem at the refuge at (315) 568-5987, ext. 228 or email Andrea_VanBeusichem@fws.gov.