STATEWIDE – Frogs will be mating soon and Maine Audubon is looking for volunteers to lend an ear and tune into the process.
Frogs will become much more active over the next couple of weeks, and with the warm weather expected this weekend frog activity is expected to really jump. Frog and toad species make their mating calls for a very short period of time so the need for volunteers is immediate and crucial.
The Maine Amphibian Monitoring Program is part of a national project that collects data to better understand the health of the amphibian population. That population is often an indication of the health of their habitat. Volunteers drive along designated routes and stop at assigned areas to stop and listen for the distinct peeping sounds that different frogs and toads make.
Officials say you can learn all you need to through a brief and free online training program. Volunteers are especially needed in northern, downeast and western Maine.
You can learn more or sign up at maineaudubon.org/frogs.