WILMINGTON, N.C. (May 7, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is calling for volunteers with two good ears, one free evening, and an interest in learning more about frogs and toads to participate in a Calling Amphibian Survey Program (CASP) workshop.
The workshop, which is free, will be held at Halyburton Park in Wilmington on May 15 from 6-9 p.m. Participants will begin the workshop by learning frog and toad call identification techniques and CASP protocols before heading outdoors to put their newly acquired listening skills to the test.
Wildlife Commission employees Mike Campbell and Jeff Hall will conduct the workshop. Campbell is an education specialist in southeastern North Carolina and Hall is coordinator of the North Carolina chapter of Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, a partnership dedicated to the conservation of reptiles and amphibians and their habitats.
“Spring is a really good time to hear many of our frogs and toads calling,” Hall said. “We’ll possibly hear green treefrogs, southern cricket frogs, bullfrogs and likely, southern leopard frogs and green frogs.”
The Wildlife Commission conducts multiple CASP workshops throughout the late winter and spring to create a larger pool of potential volunteers to help with statewide frog and toad monitoring and conservation.
“We are recruiting workshop participants to become CASP volunteers,” Hall said. “It’s a pretty simple process that doesn’t take too much time, but provides us with a wealth of information that helps us figure out how well — or how poorly — frog and toad populations are faring, both in numbers and in distribution.”
CASP volunteers adopt a survey route, stop at 10 spots on the route for three nights during three separate calling windows covering a 6-month period, listen for five minutes at each stop, and write down any frog and toad calls they hear. They submit their data online or by mail before Oct. 1.
Although the workshop is free, pre-registration is required. To register or for more information about the workshop, contact Andy Fairbanks at 910-341-0075 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Halyburton Park is located at 4099 S. 17th Street in Wilmington.
For more information about N.C. Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, visit www.ncparc.org.
For a high-resolution of the green treefrog above, click here. Please credit the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.