on Aug 17, 2012 10:19 AM • Views 5514
Media Contact: Jodie B. Owen

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (Aug. 17, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is conducting a free Calling Amphibian Survey Program (CASP) workshop for anyone ages 16 and older who has an interest in learning more about frogs and toads and how to identify their calls.

The workshop will be held at the Cape Fear Botanical Gardens on Sept. 4 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.

Cape Fear Botanical Gardens is located at 536 N. Eastern Blvd. It encompasses77 acres of pine and hardwood forest with several ponds that make ideal habitat for many frog and toad species, such as green treefrogs, green frogs and southern leopard frogs.

Jeff Hall, the Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation biologist for the Commission, will conduct the workshop.  Hall conducts the majority of 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. He scheduled this fall workshop to recruit CASP volunteers for the 2013 survey routes that begin in January.

“Becoming a CASP volunteer is a pretty simple process for folks that doesn’t take much time, but helps us tremendously with monitoring frog and toad populations,” Hall said. “From the information that we receive from CASP surveys, we have a snapshot of frog and toad numbers and distribution throughout the state.”

From January through June each year, CASP volunteers stop at 10 spots on a designated route for three nights during three separate calling windows covering this 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 Jennifer Smith at edu@capefearbg.org or 910-486-0221 x 27.  Click here for a flier about the event.

To find out more about CASP or for more information on N.C. Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, visit www.ncparc.org.