The Frog-monitoring Project
The aim of this monitoring project is to mitigate degrading frog environments. Of course, frogs are just the iconic species that indicate unseen environmental decline that can eventually lead to decline in other species, including human health. In October 2012, Kuranda Envirocare received funding from The Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund (MBZ) to monitor [link to About the project/monitoring page?] the Critically endangered Kuranda Tree Frog (Litoria myola) and other endangered frogs in the Kuranda habitat [link to habitat page].
Do you want to volunteer? What is involved?
· Thirty minutes of your time on site
· Sturdy footwear
· A head torch
· Practice listening to these frog calls [link]
· Kuranda Envirocare provides the rest of the training
Volunteers identify frogs, primarily by their calls. We also encourage YOU to listen out for the three target frogs identified by these calls [link] and we would love it if you reported your location, time and date to us. [link to contact information]
Kuranda Envirocare will coordinate the monitoring and manage the data. Both Kuranda Envirocare and Dr Hoskin will collaborate on analysing trends in the data. This grant will initiate the monitoring and fund the first 3 years and then other funding sources will be sought to continue the monitoring for at least 10 years.
This will be the first long-term community frog-monitoring project that we know of in Australia and certainly northeast Queensland. Why are we focusing on Frogs rather than other species?