November 10th, 2008
The frogs are out and about in the Flinders Ranges with the recent rains and the Frog Atlas project of the EPA and Zoos SA are inviting you to join in the SA frog census.
Take an evening out of your normal routine and get in touch with nature. Find a water source, enjoy being in nature and make a recording of the frogs calling in the area. Then come back to Frog Atlas to enter the data and help us build a better picture of where frogs are found.
Frog Atlas allows you to learn about some of Australia’s frogs, while helping to build an interactive map of frog distributions. Frog calls vary between species and provide a simple means for gaining information about where frogs are found. By learning to identify frog calls and contributing them to a central, mappable site, together we can build up a picture of what is happening to our neighbours, the frogs.
Contributing to the frog census is easy:
- Make sure you have access to digital recording equipment that makes a clear recording and test equipment before going into the field to ensure it works.
- Download and print a copy of the data sheet to make sure you record all the information required about the site.
- Find places where frogs are calling such as streams, rivers, ponds, wetlands and waterways. Ideal times to hear frog call are at dusk on warm still nights before or after rain.
- Record site and time details on the datasheet.
- State your name and location on the recording and then make a 30 second recording of the call. If it is a complicated call or chorus you can make a slightly longer recording, although keep it to under a maximum of 2 mins.
- Ensure the frog calls can be heard clearly in your recording before uploading it.
More information on taking part in the census, and identifying frogs and calls for our area can be found at the Frog Census Australia site.
Image: Streambank Froglet, endemic to the Northern Flinders Ranges and Gammon Ranges. Source: Frog Census Australia