CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Feb. 14, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is calling all folks 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 Reedy Creek Nature Center and Preserve in Charlotte on March 15 from 6 to 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.
Jeff Hall, a biologist with the Commission, will lead the workshop. 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.
“Early spring is a really good time to hear many of our frogs and toads calling,” Hall said. “We’ll possibly hear spring peepers and upland chorus frogs, and there’s always a chance for leopard frogs, pickerel frogs and others.”
The Wildlife Commission conducts CASP workshops annually 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 and write down any frog and toad calls they hear. They submit their data online or by mail before Oct. 1.
For more information about the workshop and to register, contact Laura Domingo at Reedy Creek Nature Center and Preserve, firstname.lastname@example.org, or 704-432-6459.
For more information about N.C. Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, visit www.ncparc.org.