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Hello FrogLovers! Interested in joining the team in eavesdropping on our local frogs?? October is FrogCensus month and FrogWatch needs trained volunteers to help with the survey efforts. Come along and learn how, where and when to monitor frogs and be part of this long-term citizen science program.

Census training events are usually offered during September. FrogWatch also runs field trips and other frog-related activities throughout the year. Simply send an email to frogwatch@ginninderralandcare.org.au to express your interest and get added to our mailing list.


2022 has definitely been a whopper year! 75 survey teams checked out the 230 FrogWatch survey sites. The number of surveys per survey team ranged from 1 to 24, covering between 1 and 11 FrogWatch sites. What an amazing effort!

For more details, check out the full report (on the Useful Stuff page).

Frogwatch Census Kit 

The FrogCensus Handbook contains all the information you need to participate in the annual Census. Hard copies are available at our training events, or on request from the FrogWatch Coordinator.

Remember your FrogWatch Field Data Sheet – PDF format

Audio CD, “Frog Calls of the ACT and SE NSW”, by Ederic Slater. Contact the Frogwatch Coordinator for a free copy or check out the Frog Identification below.

Want to brush up on your identification skills??

Follow this link to come to our frog ID practice page, where you can learn to id single frog species and whole choruses!!

FrogWatch Climate Change Project

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Between 2015 and 2018 Frogwatch investigated climate change effects on the call behaviour of our local frogs, i.e. a possible earlier onset of breeding calls in a warming climate.

Data collection by volunteers involved weekly monitoring of 15 survey sites across the ACT between June and October each year.

Interestingly, 2015 was very cold, 2016 very wet and both 2017 and 2018 were very dry. The analysis of the extensive data set is still under way. Just get in touch with frogwatch@ginninderralandcare.org.au if you would like more details!

A great article about aspects of this project was published in The Conversation: Friday Essay: frogwatching – charting climate change’s impact in the here and now. (July 6, 2018)

More information here Project outline and procedures    

A Pobbelbonk put on the spot

Site list with coordinates

Climate Change volunteer in action








This project has been funded by the ACT Government, Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate


FrogWatch Bio-Indicator study 2018

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This is a very exciting project- building on the 2015 Bio-indicator study!!

Building on from Hoefer and Starrs (2016), this project expanded the number of indicator sites from 30 to 45 sites, encompassing newly designed Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) infrastructure within the ACT. This provided a key baseline for comparison of habitat values of  ACT Healthy Waterways constructed WSUD infrastructure in the near future. Furthermore, a re-examination of sites used in the 2015 study validated the benefits accruing due to improved waterway management, with implications for the application of the revised mowing guidelines, and the Lakes and Ponds Plan of Management.

The specific aims of this project were to:
1. monitor frog species richness weekly over a 4 weeks period during October 2018
2. assess pond vegetation condition in early October 2018 in accordance with the methodology outlined in Hoefer and Starrs (2016)
3. establish the presence/absence of gambusia, an introduced fish prevalent in our urban wetlands and known to directly affect frog diversity, in January 2019
4. examine how the revised mowing guidelines are being applied to ponds in the ACT at 45 sites across the ACT

Anticipated benefits of the collected data:
• Yard stick to examine the additional value of ACT Healthy Waterways WSUD assets
• Improved understanding of how urban green space can support ecosystem function
• critical tool for the evaluation of the Lakes and Ponds Plan of Management
• Evidence for the performance of the revised mowing guidelines will allow constructive feedback to management
• Provision of much needed support to a highly successful citizen science program
• Increased understanding of habitat needs and pressures on various local frog species

So stay tuned!!

Ginninderra Catchment Group and ACT and Region Frogwatch would like to acknowledge the generous funding from ACT Healthy Waterways!

FROGWATCH useful stuff

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Here you can find all sorts of resources- keep scrolling!!

FrogCensus reports: 2022, 2021 2020 2019,  2018,   2017201620152014,  2013,  201220112010,   2009,   20082007,  2006 2005,  2004,  2003

Adrian Garrido Sanchis, Lorenzo Bertolelli, Anke Maria Hoefer, Marta Yebra Alvarez, Kumudu Munasinghe (2019): The FrogPhone: A novel device for real‐time frog call monitoring.

Frogwatch at the Short Film Festival Doco called URBAN FROGS done by Liana Fowler (a high-school student)

.  Photos of several frog species              (all photos above courtesy of Peter Ormay)

General information

Frogs of the ACT Region – Poster

Our poster highlights many of the frog species most commonly found in the ACT and region, as well as a couple of rare species. It includes a photograph of each, and descriptions of appearance, calls and habitat.
You can download a pdf of the poster here.

Glove box guide to Frogs of the ACT Region

The Molonglo Catchment Group has published a field guide to assist in the identification of selected frogs of the ACT and surrounding areas.

The guide has been produced with the support of Forde Developments and with the cooperation of Frogwatch ACT.

You can download a pdf of the guide here


Creating a Frog Friendly Habitat in the ACT Community.

A helpful resource for residents in the ACT and Region with advice to encourage frogs to your backyard, school ground or rural property. Includes a list of recommended local plants for your frog habitat.

Click here to download your copy of Creating Frog Habitat

What Frog Is That?

Taking a photo of a frog can be a very hard thing to do- it is much easier to take a recording of their call!! You can submit a short 20 sec recording to the Canberra Nature Map– online or by using their Naturmapr app- you will get feedback on which species you recorded, which is a great way to get more confident identifying them.

Another good way to get some help is the  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!!   Image result for FrigID logo

Lost Frogs?

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 wildlife 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.

Frogwatch census

Find your FrogCensus resouces here


Related resources

Bonking in the garden. Bonking in the Garden is the Why, How, and What of frog-friendly gardening – the indispensable introduction to attracting frogs to your garden. It has been published by Frog Watch (Victoria) as a small booklet and is now available online for you to keep. Visit frogs.org.au to download this from the Frog Watch Victoria website.

Frogs in an Effluent Society. Published by the World Wildlife Fund. Comprehensive guide explaining how environmental contaminants affect frogs – what pollutants are out there and where they come from, what we do and don’t know, what you can do to help and where to go for further information. Visit the WWF website or download here.

Urban Habitat Guidelines – Produced as part of the Life in the Suburbs initiative to enhance community understanding of Urban Biodiversity and its  importance in the future sustainability of our city. The Guidelines provide a guide to understanding the importance of urban habitat, and include principles  for managing urban habitat, steps to reduce human induced threats to urban biodiversity, and practical guidelines for developing habitat gardens and landscapes.  The guidelines include many links to ACT specific information, educational resources and contacts. Go to the link here to download  the guidelines

Other online resources

There are a number of great websites, with information about Australian frog species, habitat requirements and  downloadable files of frog calls.

Frog Links

Amphibian Research Centre. A first stop for Australian frog enthusiasts, this site provides comprehensive and varied information on all aspects of Australian frogs. Includes links to: Project Corroboree, The Victorian Frog Group, The Frogs of Australia Database, the Melbourne Water Frog Census, Alcoa Frog Watch, The Lost Frogs’ Home … and much more!

Frogs of the Australian National Botanic Gardens. Information about frog species that are present in the Botanic Gardens, including a description, drawing and audio bite of the mating call for each species. 
Australian Frogs, An Overview – Australian Government Department of Environment and Water Resources. Details evidence and possible reasons for frog population declines in Australia. 
Reptiles Inc incl Canberra Reptile Zoo
IUCN SSU Amphibian Specialist Group provides the scientific foundation to inform effective amphibian conservation action around the world. 
Frogland. This very, very extensive site is both a fun place to kill some spare time and a useful starting place to go about locating any frog-related information on the internet.
AmphibiaWeb will let you search and retrieve information relating to amphibian biology and conservation. This site was inspired by the global declines of amphibians, and aims to encourage a shared vision for the study of global amphibian declines and the conservation of remaining amphibians.

Give us a ring (62783309) or send us an email  (frogwatch@ginninderralandcare.org.au) 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 ACT and Region FrogWatch Program, including the annual FrogCensus, is kindly funded by the ACT Government. 

We are also supported by the ACT Herpetological Association– a great bunch of people with a wealth of knowledge!!




The following are educational programs available to schools and teachers from Frogwatch

FrogWatch Tadpole Kits for Schools Program

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TADPOLE KITS FOR SCHOOLS- funded by Icon Water- Term 4 each year

no longer a tadpole, not yet a frog

Observe the magic transformation of tadpoles into frogs in your classroom.

Frogs are iconic, cute and globally under threat.

It is illegal to remove or translocate tadpoles or frogs from the wild. FrogWatch can help you to get tadpoles into your classroom, along with everything you need to raise them into young frogs.


We have 120 kits available, with a max of 4 kits per school. Bookings follow a strict ‘first paid, first in’ rule.

Costs: $50 per kit, paired with a $50 refundable deposit. 


Booking opens 8:00 on the 31.07.2023, no bookings prior to this date/time will be accepted

  2. An invoice and payment reference will be emailed to you in the following days, payable in 7 working days. Late payments and payments without provided payment reference will not be accepted.
  3. Read and download the Tadpole Kits for Schools Terms and Conditions, the FrogWatch’s Tadpole Kit Program DIARY and our other teaching resources, including a range of educational videos
  4. Enter pick up and return dates into your calendar.
  5. Add actfrogwatcheducator@gmail.com to your address book to avoid mailouts ending up in your junk mail!

Tadpole kits pick up: First Monday of Term 4, 09.10.23, 8am-5pm @ FrogWatch Headquarter, Flynn Community Hub, 21 Bingle Street, Flynn ACT

Tadpole kits return – unless arranged otherwise: Last Monday of Term 4, 11.12.23, 8am-5pm @ FrogWatch Headquarter, Flynn Community Hub, 21 Bingle Street, Flynn ACT

Looking forward to working with you!

Missed out last time?? Simply send an email to actfrogwatcheducator@gmail.com, stating your name, your school and contact number, and we will add you to the Tadpole alert list.


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Are your students interested in frogs and are asking more questions than you can find answers for?? Are you teaching climate change, development, water, habitat, adaptations, evolution or nature in general??

Our school visits will increase your students’ awareness and appreciation of frogs as indicator species of environmental health. Presentations are tailored for different age groups and students interests and generally contain a presentation, a student led QnA session, and interactive learning opportunities.

HOW TO BOOK A FrogTalk: simply email your request to the Frogwatch education officer @ actfrogwatcheducator@gmail.com.

To supplement our frog talks, we have have developed a wide range of teacher-guided activities and lesson plans suitable for primary school aged children. These can be accessed with a presentation, or can be viewed online on our Teachers resource page

Frogwatch EDUCATION#3 The Green and golden Frog tank loan

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This program focuses on the needs and threats of our local threatened and endangered frogs and learning outcomes will be greatly enhanced by students caring for the animal(s).

The Green and Golden frog tank loan hands-on learning initiative that can be tied in with a variety of topics, such as Climate Change, Habitat, Life, Development, Evolution, Water, Waste and Communities.

The loan fee for the frog enclosure is $250, which covers the drop off and pick up of the frog enclosure, and a 45 mins frog-talk-session to your students.


Objectives of the program (will tidy them up later)

  • To involve students actively in caring for an endangered species, the iconic Green and Golden Bell Frog.
  • To provide students with a range of hands-on actions for their everyday life to positively impact on the environment and to minimise their ecological footprint.
  • To introduce students to various factors responsible for the dramatic decline in species numbers (e.g. climate change, introduced pest species, introduced amphibian Chytrid fungus, habitat loss, water quality changes)
  • To foster discussion in classrooms about action plans and management strategies to reduce the threats, such as natural resource management plans, climate change actions and control mechanisms for pest species
  • To familiarize students with the concept of endangered and threatened species.
  • To promote practical actions and involvement within the wider school community to positively affect the environment, minimize the use of resources and support sustainability.
  • To teach through a hands-on experience how to look after an amphibian animal.
  • To increase the learning outcomes further through learning about the Captive Breeding Program for the threatened species at the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve
  • To facilitate interactions between the students and ACT FROGWATCH, through presentations and discussions with the students of frog research relating to climate change, introduced pest species or habitat destruction/fragmentation.
  • To enhance and preserve significant natural assets such as frogs and their habitats

Typically, school programs about endangered species focus on delivering the theoretical component only. An important exception is the ASX Frog Focus Botany project, started in 1998 by the Taronga Zoo, and a “first” for school student involvement in endangered species monitoring. ASX was highly successful and has branched off into several other areas. There have been no educational programs in the ACT that offer a hands-on learning unit about endangered species until now. Hands-on learning accesses different methods of learning styles and students remember material better, experience accomplishment, and transfer that experience easier to other learning situations. Students with learning difficulties are “on task” more often as they feel part of the learning process. Since its inception in 2010, the Frogs for the Future project has seen high student involvement and strong learning outcomes for all class levels and student abilities. Students gained a wide range of academic and non-academic skills. Leading scientists and the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve have greatly supported the project and assisted its development to date.

Now all ACT schools have joined the Australian Sustainable Schools Initiative (AuSSI) or ACT Smart Schools Program. Frogs For The Future supports schools in their quest to increase environmental awareness and to work towards Sustainability as it is strongly linked to environment related topics (e.g. Climate Change, Sustainability). Students gain an understanding for threats to (local) animals and ecological communities which will encourage environmental stewardship in the students. The knowledge gained by students will most effectively be communicated by these very students themselves in discussions with their families, friends and the wider community and as this leads to changes in approaches and behaviours regarding our environment. The program is designed to increase on-ground activities, such as creating frog habitats, waste management, or bush regeneration, involving the wider school community. This will help to enhance and preserve significant natural assets such as frogs and their habitats.


FROGWATCH EDUCATION#4 Resources for teachers (and everyone else)

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Short Videos about a  range of frog related topics

These videos were created in 2020 by the wonderful Icon Water education team

  1. Frogwatch intro – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2eUIT7NZlU
  2. How frogs breathe – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MIm1-fIsnQk
  3. How frogs drink – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0ku96rhGGw
  4. What and how frogs eat – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M35b32HK8G0
  5. Where to find frogs – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=flqcFgqyMn4
  6. Frogs lifecycle – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5d3vn7dNJUQ
  7. Corroboree frog – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6KTh65KkDzs
Resources for Teachers

Puppet show: Check out a puppet show for early childhood students. Learn lots about what frogs eat, where they live and what they like. Presenter: Amelie Langevin.

Amelie and her frog puppet

FrogWatch Education Kit 2009 (3.4 MB). All you need to know to get your class engaged in finding out about frogs and our local environment!

FrogWatch’s Education Kit for Preschools to Year 2: A collection of frog related teaching activities to use in class room or at home.

FrogWatch’s Education Kit for Yr 2 to Yr 7: A collection of frog related teaching activities to use in class room or at home.


Additional resources  for your Environmental Education, Water, Wetlands or Frog Units.

Design a Wetland_Suggested Activity Upper Primary
Design Brief – Design Your Own Wetland! (32 kb) – A one-page design brief to give students ideas about wetland habitat and design issues.
Suitable for Upper Primary Students
Developed by Gillian Jackson, Latham Primary School

Frog Unit Example 1
Over a term, students will explore the place of frogs in the larger ecosystem. Students work towards planning a frog bog for their school.
Frog Unit Upper Primary_Part One (305 kb) – Unit outlines, teachers notes and suggested activities
Frog Unit Upper Primary_Part Two (Lesson Plans and Curriculum Links) (105 kb) – Curriculum links and lesson plans
Suitable for Upper Primary Students, Developed by Alex Hilvert as a Science Unit for Upper Primary Students as part of a B. Education Degree at the University of Canberra

Frog Unit Example 2
Aims to investigate the problem of declining frog numbers both world wide and in Australia. Students will research the extent of the problem. Students will use a range of ICT tools, research and designing and making to suggest possible solutions to the problem.
QDEC Frog Unit Plan (114 kb)
 Watch Out for Wetlands!
Watch Out For Wetlands_Unit of Work 62 kb)- Through this unit of wetlands, students will develop understandings about habitat, food chains and the affect of human activity on wetlands. This unit is designed around the direct experience of visiting a wetland area and uses that experience to develop understandings about the topic.  Students will participate in the design and creation of a sustainable wetland. This is an inquiry based unit, students will be given the opportunity to direct their learning. Suitable for Lower Primary. Developed by Fraser Primary School staff, and adapted from a Kath Murdoch Unit.

Hop into frogs  A very recent frog-education resource, with material and information provided by FrogWatch. This interactive learning resource has a focus on frogs in the Corowa Region, and explains many general frog facts and life-history traits plus ideas for provides hands-on learning activities! A must read!

Environmental Education Links

Sustainable Schools ACT

Upper Murrumbidgee Waterwatchawesome education resources focusing on wetland and water health.

Centre for Environmental Education – An Australian not for profit organisation with information about frog projects happening in schools.
Birrigai – Residential outdoor education centre, Tharwa ACT

Zoo Victoria Education Resources page – a wide range of great education resources.

You can find more frog related resources on this website by looking under “useful stuff” on this website!