- Frog Census
- Climate Change
- Bioindicator Study 2018
- Frog Identification Practices
- Useful Stuff
- Education Programs
- Tadpole Kits for Schools
- Frog Talks
- Frog Tank Loan
- Resources for all
FROGWATCH CENSUS October 2019
Eavesdropping on frogs at night is heaps fun and a good reason for getting off the couch- not only during the Census month OCTOBER. Please note: the annual FrogCenus week has been extended to a FrogCensus months to increase opportunities for surveying in the right conditions (after rain)
The 2019 FrogCensus is approaching fast- below are the details for the upcoming training events- compulsory for all new Frogwatch volunteers and a fun refresher for people that have previously volunteered. The seminar covers all you need to know about the When, Why, Where and How of frogwatching.
Each seminar is followed by a practical session in the form of an easy walk around the Wetlands to put new found theory into practice. Key components of frog habitat and behaviour can be investigated while walking as a group. Bring sturdy shoes, a torch and warm clothing. Wet weather gear as necessary. Please note: all seminars cover the same information – you only need to attend one.
Training in CANBERRA: 27.09.2019, Friday AND 18.10.2019, Friday, 18:00-20:30 @ Jerrabomberra Wetlands
RSVPs are essential!! To book your place for a Seminar please go to https://jerrabomberrawetlands.org.au/events-and-activities/
Cost: $15 p. P. (children under 16 free), Numbers per seminar are limited to 30. Hot drinks, nibbles and a soup dinner will be provided!
Training in COOMA: 16.10.19, Wednesday, 18:00-20:30, free event, please rsvp to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Hope to see you all then and there!!
Want to enter your survey data??
LINK TO Frogwatch DATA PORTAL– for site information and data entry – click here or use this link https://frogwatch-act.naturemapr.org/
Follow this link to get some tips on how to navigate through the Frogwatch data portal
To take to the field with you:
- Frogwatch Field Data Sheet – PDF format
- Ginninderra Catchment Group Membership – Frogwatch Form – PDF format
Frogwatch Census Kit
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. Please note that the links below take you to an older version of the Census Kit. Most information is still valid but we do use a different method for the online data entry now, have extended the survey period to all of October, and utilise a different field data sheet (see above)!!
Ask the Frogwatch Coordinator for the latest edition. Alternatively, you can download the whole Frogwatch Census Kit 2008_PDF (11.3 MB) or just some parts of it:
FROGWATCH Climate Change Project
Since 2015, Frogwatch has been investigating behavioural shifts in frogs related to climate change, such as the earlier onset of breeding. For this project volunteers have been monitoring specific sites across the ACT weekly from June until the end of October each year.
Interestingly, 2015 was a very cold year, 2016 a very wet year and 2017 a very dry year. 2018- our forth and final year, has presented itself with a cold winter and overall very little rain. We are currently sorting and verifying data so that the analysis can start in the new year!!
Just get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Since 2015, this project has been generously funded by the ACT Government, Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate
FROGWATCH BIO INDICATOR 2018
This is a very exciting project- building on the 2015 Bio-indicator study!!
Building on from Hoefer and Starrs (2016), this project aims to expand the number of indicator sites from 30 to 45 sites, encompassing newer designed Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) infrastructure within the ACT. This will provide 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 will validate 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.
Therefore, the specific aims of this project are 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
Here you can find all sorts of resources- keep scrolling!!
. (all photos above courtesy of Peter Ormay)
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, or contact the GCG office to receive a free A1 copy.
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.
What Frog Is That?
Have you heard a frog calling and wondered what species it is? This PlaceStory (Part 1 and Part 2) might help you identifying a frog of the Capital region. It has been produced by the Molonglo Catchment Group with the cooperation of Frogwatch ACT and Forde Developments, to accompany the “Frogs of the ACT region – A Glovebox Guide” (above).
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!!
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 life 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.
Download the entire Community Frogwatch Census Kit (11.3 MB), or just some parts of it:
- About Frogwatch, including the Frogwatch Monitoring Strategy (1.1 MB)
- Frog Species of the ACT and Region (2.8 MB)
- Frogwatch Monitoring (1.3 MB)
- More Resources and Information (566 kb)
- Ginninderra Catchment Group Membership Form – PDF format
- Audio CD, “Frog Calls of the ACT and SE NSW”, by Ederic Slater. Please contact the Frogwatch Coordinator for a free copy of the audio CD.
Each of the calls on the CD can also be found on this site in mp3 format under Frog Identification.
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.
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!
Environmental Education Links
Zoo Victoria Education Resources page – a wide range of great education resources.
Give us a ring (62783309) or send us an email (email@example.com) 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 EDUCATION#1 Tadpole Kits for Schools Program
TADPOLE KITS FOR SCHOOLS
Removing and displacing tadpoles and frogs from the wild without a specific license is illegal in the ACT. Frogwatch can help you to get tadpoles into your classroom.
Are your students keen to learn more about frogs, care for tadpoles and watch them turn into frogs?? Then this fascinating and rewarding activity is for you!!
Our Tadpole Kits contain everything you need to successfully raise baby tadpoles to young frogs.
HOW TO BOOK YOUR KIT(S) for 2019
Tadpole Kits are limited so better get in soon. Bookings are strictly- first paid best dressed, with no limit on how many kits a school can have. The kits are free- thanks to generous funding from Icon Water, but a refundable deposit ($50/kit) is required.
Do you want to take part in the 2019 Tadpole Kits for Schools, sponsored by Icon Water? The application process will open at the beginning on Term 3. We can add your name to our mailing list, so that you will be among the first to be alerted. Simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, stating your name, your school and your contact number, and we will add you to the Tadpole Kits for School alert. Looking forward to working with you!
HOW TO ORDER YOUR TADPOLE KIT(S) 1- 2 – 3 – 4
- Once the booking process has opened (beginning of Term 3) fill in the Tadpole Kit request form, YOU WILL NEED YOUR ORGANISATION’S BANK ACCOUNT DETAIL FOR THIS!!
- An invoice will be emailed to you so that you can organize the payment of the refundable deposit ($50/kit), using the provided payment reference. The payment will finalize your booking.
- Read and Download the Tadpole Kits for Schools Terms and Conditions and teaching resources.
- Enter pick up and return dates into your calendar.
Tadpole kits pick up 2019:
First Monday of Term 4, 14. October 2019, 3-5pm (North Canberra), @ Frogwatch Headquarter, Kippax Health Centre, Kippax Place, Holt,
First Tuesday of Term 4, 15 October 2019, 3-5pm (South Canberra) @ Southern ACT Catchment Group, Erindale Business Park, 2 Lansell Circuit, Building C, Wanniassa
Tadpole kits return 2019:
Last Monday of Term 4, 16. December 2019, 3-5pm (North Canberra) @ Frogwatch Headquarter, Kippax Health Centre, Kippax Place, Holt,
Last Tuesday of Term 4, 17. December 2019, 3-5pm (South Canberra) @ Southern ACT Catchment Group, Erindale Business Park, 2 Lansell Circuit, Building C, Wanniassa
Frogwatch EDUCATION#2 FROGTALK SCHOOL VISITS
FROGTALK SCHOOL VISITS
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 @ email@example.com.
Cost: $250 per visit.
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. The full program can also be found in the Actsmart Schools program
Frogwatch EDUCATION#3 The Green and golden Frog tank loan
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)
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.
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.
Tadpole Kits Terms and Conditions: Terms and Conditions of the Tadpole Kits for Schools Program
Diary – Frogwatch’s Tadpole Kit Program 2019: Important tool to assist the investigation of tadpole development
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.
You can find more frog related resources on this website by looking under “useful stuff” on this website!