Frogs Victoria is collaborating on a citizen science project investigating the response of frogs to water management. If you are ever in northern or western Victoria and want to survey frogs, sign up at www.frogscalling.org or find The Frogs Are Calling You on social media @frogscalling.
Frogs are some of the most endangered animals in the world. They are also some of the most amazing – spending their juvenile years as tadpoles before absorbing their tails and becoming land animals! They breathe through their skin as well as their lungs, can climb trees, swim, jump and even regrow their toes should they lose them!
Victoria’s wetlands are home to some 40 frog species – from the tiny Common Froglet to the massive Giant Burrowing Frog. But Victoria’s wetlands are also in trouble. A drying climate and long-term drought has caused many wetlands to shrink or dry out altogether. But help is at hand! Just as agriculture and industry receive water entitlements, so too does nature – known as ‘environmental water’ or ‘water for the environment’. This means that some wetlands are regularly topped up to help keep the wildlife that lives there healthy and happy.
Because water is so scarce we need to make sure that we are proving the right amount of water in the right places and at the right time. This is where you come in! We need help to find out where frogs live and when they breed in northern Victoria.
To join the project, all you need to do is sign up, download the FrogID app for Apple or Android and away you go! Our detailed instructions pages will give you all the information you need, so get out there, the frogs are calling you!
The Frogs Are Calling You citizen science project is a collaboration between the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP); Frogs Victoria; Australian Museum; University of Melbourne; Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority (CMA); and North Central CMA.