What is FrogWatch USA?
FrogWatch USA is a national citizen science effort to help save amphibians. Organized by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, FrogWatch USA volunteers learn to identify local frog and toad calls and record their data into an online database. Volunteers can even pick their own site and choose their own schedule!
Data collected from this program are analyzed for valuable information about wetland ecology, species diversity, range, and seasonality.
Our Santa Barbara Chapter
When it comes to learning local frog and toad calls -- where can you start? Here at the Santa Barbara Zoo, we can help. Our chapter organizers are professionals in herpetology, conservation, and education and have organized fun and educational trainings to help you become an official FrogWatch volunteer. Come to our trainings and receive a field guide, practice listening to and identifying frog calls, and learn all about the amazing amphibians that reside right here in your own backyard.
Why Join FrogWatch USA?
Helping amphibians is easier than you think! FrogWatch volunteers can pick any site -- a backyard pond, a local stream, or your favorite campsite -- and spend three minutes in the evening listening for frogs and toads. While we recommend volunteers listen once a week, the scheduling is entirely up to the volunteer. It's one small step for volunteers, but one giant leap for amphibian-kind.
FrogWatch participants are required to attend two trainings. We hope to see you at our first trainings of the year:
Training #1: Thursday, February 20 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Santa Barbara Zoo
Training #2: Thursday, February 27 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Santa Barbara Zoo
Meet the Locals
Santa Barbara County is home to nine different species of frogs and toads. Attend our Santa Barbara Zoo FrogWatch trainings to learn more about each of these incredible species:
When Can You Hear Frog Calls?
Take it To Go!
Download our FrogWatch USA pocket guide and take the frog call list with you wherever you "hoppen" to go.
Our Chapter's Active FrogWatch Sites
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Find Out More
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Photo credits: Foothill yellow-legged frog & African clawed frog/Gary Nafis