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Join citizen scientists to monitor birds and frogs

Every year, the Bay of Quinte Remedial Action Plan (BQRAP) needs volunteer citizen scientists to monitor for frogs and birds in local wetlands.

On Monday, March 6 at 7 pm at Quinte Conservation naturalist Terry Sprague will host a presentation explaining how to become a citizen scientist as well as teaching volunteers how to identify local wetland bird and frog species.

Can’t tell a Bullfrog’s croak from a Spring Peeper’s peep, or a Least Bittern from a Virginia Rail? Don’t worry, Sprague will explain all you need to know.

“These monitoring programs are all user-friendly and even inexperienced volunteers will feel comfortable taking part,” Sprague said. “The majority of wetland species of frogs and birds have calls that are different enough from each other that they can be identified with little trouble.”

Over the course of the evening, participants will learn how to monitor a local wetland for frogs or birds whether it’s in your backyard, at the cottage, or a selected monitoring site.

There are two programs to choose from, the FrogWatch program is a family-friendly activity while the Marsh Monitoring Program is more structured.

The Marsh Monitoring Program records wetland birds and frogs twice for 15 minutes each between May and July, and FrogWatch volunteers record the amphibians present once a week from April through June.

“The information you collect tells us about the presence and abundance of both species in coastal and inland marshes, and contributes to our understanding of these species and their habitat needs,” said Sprague.

He is available to help guide each individual through the monitoring.

“Monitoring for frogs and birds in our marshes is a way for outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy their pastime, while at the same time, contributing to our knowledge of the Bay of Quinte wetlands and their quality.”

There is no cost to attend the presentation. Those interested should contact Terry Sprague at 613-848-4549 or tsprague@xplornet.com

The Bay of Quinte Remedial Action Plan is in partnership locally with Lower Trent Conservation and Quinte Conservation.

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