Volunteer training for the annual volunteer Rouge River Watershed Frog and Toad Survey is underway. Interested volunteers attend a two-hour workshop where they learn the basics of recognizing frog or toad type by their call. Volunteers are assigned nearby wetlands they then survey on their own on damp warm evenings and submit results to Friends of the Rouge. Last year’s results are available at www.therouge.org.
The survey has been conducted since 1998 and provides information on the health of Rouge wetlands. The presence of several species of frog and toad is a good indication of healthy wetlands. Wetlands are critical in restoring the water quality of the Rouge River because they absorb rain water, filter pollutants, reduce flooding as well as provide habitat for many species. As many as 600 people participate in the survey each year and include families (children welcome when accompanied by a participating adult), seniors, students, scouts, etc. Learning to identify the calls and hearing them in their survey block is what participants find fun and satisfying.
Survey areas are limited to wetlands within the Rouge River Watershed which encompasses 466 square miles in the Detroit area. Participants must be willing to survey after dark several evenings a month March through July.
Interested volunteers must register for one of the following workshops at www.therouge.org. For more information, call Sally at 313-792-9621 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, March 2 from 7-9 p.m.
Canton Summit on the Park, Walnut Room, 46000 Summit Parkway, Canton 48188
Saturday, March 5 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Farmington Hills Council Chambers, 31555 Eleven Mile Road, Farmington Hills, MI 48334
Saturday, March 12 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Bloomfield Township Hall, 4200 Telegraph, Bloomfield Township 48303
Friends of the Rouge is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to restoration and stewardship of the Rouge River ecosystem through education, citizen involvement and other collaborative efforts, for the purpose of improving the quality of life for the people, plants, and animals of the watershed. The Rouge Watershed Frog & Toad Survey has been coordinated by Friends of the Rouge since 1998 and is partially funded by a Rouge River National Wet Weather Demonstration Project grant. For more info, visit Friends of the Rouge’s Web site at www.therouge.org.
Frog & Toad Survey Workshops flyer (pdf)