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Carolina Backyard Naturalist (10/21/20)

Answering the Call: Using Citizen Science to Learn More About Our Amphibian Neighbors

Each year, citizens from across the United States join together to monitor their local amphibian populations and the health of their local wetlands. Through FrogWatch USA and other amphibian citizen science projects, scientists are able to track changes to amphibian populations and health. During this presentation, we will learn about amphibians that are native to North Carolina, their wetland habitats, threats to their health, and ways that you can help track local populations of frogs and toads.

Presenter: Andy Gould

Education Curator,  North Carolina Aquarium at Ft. Fisher

Andy Gould, NC Aquarium at Ft. Fisher

Andy has been a member of the education department at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher for over 12 years. He has served as a chapter coordinator for the North Carolina Aquariums FrogWatch USA chapter for over 5 years. Andy loves helping his community get to know amphibians and the many ways we can work together to protect these important indicator species. Andy has  Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Environmental Science from UNC-Wilmington and is an alumnus of the National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation.

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Additional Resources

Frogs and Toads (Amphibians and Replies of North Carolina, NC PARC)

Frogs and Toads of South Carolina and Georgia (Savannah River Ecology Lab, UGA)

Amphibians (US Geological Survey)

Reptiles and Amphibians in Your Backyard (NC State Extension)

North Carolina Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (NC PARC)

Pools for Amphibians  NC State Extension

Reptiles and Amphibians in Your Backyard NC State Extension

Cryptic Diversity in Metropolis: Confirmation of a New Leopard Frog Species (Anura: Ranidae) from New York City and Surrounding Atlantic Coast Regions (PLOS ONE)