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Learn how to monitor spring frogs and wetland birds

American Toad photo by Derek Dafoe for Nature Stuff.

The Bay of Quinte Remedial Action Plan (BQRAP) is hosting the 10th annual “Community Wildlife Monitoring Program (CWMP)” workshop.  Every year, volunteers are needed to monitor frogs and wetland birds. These ambassadors of spring are important indicators of the health of our wetlands.

The goal of the Bay of Quinte RAP and its partners is to change the status of the Bay of Quinte from an “Area of Concern” (AOC). The continual monitoring of  wetlands is vitally important to keep pushing forward.

This evening is led by Quinte’s popular naturalist and columnist, Terry Sprague.  “Interest in the Community Wildlife Monitoring Program continues to grow every year. Volunteers are eager and enthusiastic to get involved and contribute what they can to a better understanding of wetland bird and amphibian populations,” says Sprague.

Over the course of one evening, Sprague teaches volunteers how to monitor a marsh, whether it’s in your backyard, at the cottage, or a selected monitoring site. Whether you are interested in frogs or birds, Terry will show you how to monitor for either or both species.  “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.”

You don’t have to be a professional to do this.  Sprague is readily available to help guide each individual through the monitoring.
“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… It is also a great program for families to become involved in as young children can help out with the frog monitoring.”

There are two programs to choose from: the Marsh Monitoring Program, where you can monitor for both frogs and birds or FrogWatch Ontario which is super for the kids, as they only have to monitor once a week from April to June and submit their results on-line.

Sprague will be hosting one workshop which will focus on both frog and bird monitoring training.  It’s on Monday, March 7, 2011, from 7pm to 9pm at Quinte Conservation. There is no cost to attend the workshop.  If you are interested in attending, contact Terry Sprague at 613-476-5072 or
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