What is Frogwatch? Frogwatch is an integral part of the Ginninderra Catchment Group and focuses on two key priorities:
1. Organising and maintaining an annual community frog-monitoring program the Frogwatch Census, which engages large numbers of volunteers of all ages to undertake frog monitoring and protect frog habitats.
2. Delivering a range of school education products by providing information and resources for teachers and offering school visits to help students to learn all about the fascinating worls of frogs.
Follow @FrogwatchACT (all photos above courtesy of Peter Ormay)
Hoefer, A. M., and D. Starrs (2016) One pond fits all? Frogs as an indicator of urban wetland health. Final Report to Upper Murrumbidgee Waterwatch. Ginninderra Catchment Group, Canberra.
What are we up to??
ANNUAL CENSUS ACTIVITIES and ONGOING MONITORING
CLIMATE CHANGE PROJECT
To monitor behavioural shifts in frogs related to climate change, such as the earlier onset of breeding, we have been monitoring specific sites across the ACT weekly from June until the end of October over the past 3 years.
Interestingly, 2015 was a very cold year, 2016 a very wet year and 2017 a very dry year. Therefore we would like to continue teh weekly monitoring for another 2 years- if funding permits!
Are you interested in helping out??? You can adopt a site for entire period, or share the wear and sign up for any number of surveys you would like!! Just contact me to register your interest!
What Frog Is That?
Have you heard a frog calling and wondered what species it is? The following PlaceStory might just be able to tell you. This PlaceStory was produced to accompany the “Frogs of the ACT region - A Glovebox Guide” (See Frogwatch Resources for the Guide and other accompanying PlaceStory), and was produced by the Molonglo Catchment Group with the cooperation of Frogwatch ACT and Forde Developments
Another good way to get some help is the new FrogID from the Australian Museum. You can submit frog calls from anywhere by using your phone. Simply download the app, create a log on and off you go!! Here the link
Every week a number of frogs are accidentally imported into the ACT through fruit and vegie transport. They are usually tropical species that cannot survive in Canberra’s climate, nor can they be returned to their home state due to fears of spreading disease.
If you find one of these frogs, you can contact ACT Wildlife 0432 300 033. The awesome wild ife carer Dorothy and Martin will look after the frogs.
Never touch a unfamiliar looking or injured frogs, rather pick it up with a clean plastic bag, place it in a clean container (washed out with hot water —no detergents or other chemicals). Add some boiled and cooled water and a few crickets and keep them safe.
Want to know more or get invoved in Frogwatch?? Give us a ring (62783309) or send us an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
Interested in becoming a member??? Download the GCG Membership Application Form (348 kb), fill in the details and post it back to Frogwatch /Ginninderra Catchment Group, PO BOX 446, Holt ACT 2615. Membership is free and includes insurance cover during all GCG related volunteer activities.
The annual ACT and Region Frogwatch Census is funded through the ACT Government, Conservation Research, Environment and Planning Directorate. We are also supported by the ACT Herpetological Association- a great bunch of people with a wealth of knowledge!!