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What are our current research questions??
1. Tracking the long-term population dynamics of loclal frogs as part of the wildlife monitoring. This provides an important tool for the conservation and management of biological diversity and involves regular scientific evaluation of the collected data, in colaboration with universities and other research institutions. It is rather difficult to quantify the effects of urban planning on biodiversity in short term studies, as these effects can manifest over several years or even decades, a time-scale for which comprehensive survey data are rarely available. Luckily, here in the ACT Frogwatch provides one of the few long-term long-term data sets on amphibian distribution and abundance.
2. Tracking phenological changes (changes in seasonal behaviours, such as breeding) in ACT frogs. Weekly monitoring of designated sites across the ACT will be used to establish the current onset of breeding inour local frogs. The findings will be compared to historical data of frog mating behaviour from the 1980s and 90s for this region and related to changes in a warming climate.
3. How is urbanisation affecting local frog populations? Our long term data set as well as development-specific observations will be used for better understanding the influence of landscape change on animal populations. The findings will be critical to inform local biodiversity conservation efforts.
4. To further establish the habitat preferences of our local frogs- depending on funding- we are interested to build on previous findings (see Hoefer and Starrs 2016 below). This would nvolve a serious of investigations on species-specific habitat choices and how we can incorporate these in our urban wetland designs, to allow for greater biodiversity and species richness in our urban and peri-urban areas.
Want to see what your data is used for ?? check out the lastest Canberra Times Article here FW publication here the latest report (Hoefer and Starrs 2016) here and the latest ABC reports
Census story 09/15 here 14 years of frogwatch data 11/15 here climate change story here Frogwatch/Waterwatch story 08/16 here what did the frog say? 09/16 here census story 09/16 here tadpole story 11/16 here
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Last year's ABC news event: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jmfq1RpLObk
Why monitor frogs?
Frog species are indicators of environmental health and their presence can indicate good water quality and the availability of high quality habitat. The absence or decline of frog populations can indicate unhealthy or degraded catchments. They are useful as a monitoring focus for a number of reasons:
Frog eggs do not have a shell, and adult frogs have permeable skin to “drink” and breathe through. Therefore, frogs are sensitive to even small concentrations of pollutants such as pesticides, detergents and industrial chemicals in waterways, the soil or the air, as they easily penetrate into the frogs' system.
Frogs require water to breed. Therefore frogs can only buy januviareproduce in a waterway that is relatively free of toxic pollutants.
Frogs have a distinctive mating call for every species that is relatively easy to learn and recognise. Therefore, frogs can be monitored in a non-invasive, inexpensive way.
Frogwatch census kits
The National Water Week Community Frogwatch Kit contains all the information you need to participate in the annual Census. Hard copies of the Frogwatch Census Kit will be available at our training events, or on request to the Frogwatch Coordinator.
You can download the whole Community Frogwatch Census Kit (11.3 MB) at once.
Links to other great frogwatch groups in Australia:
Melbourne Water - they are running an annual Census as well and have recently launched their frogwatch app. Check out their wide raneg of wonderful resources!!
FrogID app monitor frogs anywhere and anytime. All you need is yoru phone, the frogID app and a short recording!!
Frogwatch NT- a lot of toad busting and other conservation work- an amazingly active group and one of teh biggest contributors to the frogID
Frogwatch SA- thisis the place to go if you are living in or travelling to South Australia
Frogwatch QL Find a frog in February is a great example how citizen science projects can engage a wide range of volunteers.
The QLD Frog Society aims to encourage and foster an interest in frogs, to provide expert assistance and education for newcomers and undertake a continuous survey of the local native species to determine their relative abundance and distribution.
Frog and Tadpole Study Group of NSW (FATS) is a community group dedicated to raising awareness and to the consevation of frogs. They conduct various community and conservation activities.
Frogwatch Tas- get in touch with this awesome group via facebook
https://frogs.org.au is THE GO-TO-place for any questions about australian frogs- find breeding season, characteristics, tadpole development and much more on their comprehensive webpage!!
The ACT and Region Frogwatch Program is funded through the