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Learn the basics to volunteer as an amphibian egg mass monitor. From late January through April, volunteers pull on chest waders and visit wetlands throughout the region to search for four types of frog and salamander egg masses. The four amphibians serve as indicator species, which can be used to help gauge whether regional restoration efforts are helping more native amphibians thrive. It also helps scientists survey their numbers as well as the overall health of wetlands in the region.
No field experience required. The orientation will cover amphibian egg mass identification, survey techniques and field methods. Trained volunteers are then asked to conduct at least four separate surveys throughout the winter totaling approximately 12 to 25 hours.