Keep an ear out for frogs this week
The Australian Museum’s FrogID Week is on again – this year, you can get involved to help understand the impact of summer bushfires and drought on our fragile frog population from.
Now in its third year, FrogID is designed to collect audio recordings of frog calls across the nation – at a moment in time – to monitor frog populations and help save Australia’s threatened frog species.
So far, FrogID has identified more than 240,000 frog calls, and 199 of the known 242 Australian frog species. During FrogID Week last year, Australians recorded over 5400 frogs from 71 species.
UNSW researcher Dr Jodi Rowley, Lead Scientist of FrogID and the Curator of Amphibian & Reptile Conservation Biology at the Australian Museum, says calls recorded to date by people all around the country are helping scientists better understand how to keep our frogs safe.
“We need the help of people all around the nation to gather audio of frogs in city parks, suburban backyards, regional properties, remote locations – everywhere!” said Dr Rowley.
“This year, the data is absolutely vital in helping us understand how frogs adapt to climate change and weather patterns like drought and the bushfires we have experienced over the last year.
“Get outside, listen for frogs and send us their calls – it’s simple to do and you’ll be helping to save Australia’s frogs.”
When you hear a frog, simply record the sound with the FrogID app and submit it to the FrogID program. Find out more at www.frogid.net.au.