Delta WIN wildlife stewardship efforts are an exciting new way for individuals and families to participate in citizen science and to learn more about amphibians and the wetlands they live in.
FrogWatch Delta is adapted from FrogWatch USA, a nation-wide volunteer frog and toad monitoring program. FrogWatch Delta trains volunteers to identify frog and toad calls at a wetland site and to report their data online. Data is compiled and analyzed to develop conservation strategies for frog and toad species, and their habitat. Interested in hearing frog and toad calls? Visit the FrogWatch USA page on Frogs and Toads in California.
Frogs and toads are pollution sensitive organisms and are indicators of environmental health. Frogs and toads are both predators and prey, serving an important role in aquatic food webs. As predators, tadpoles help clean waterways by feeding on algae and adult frogs and toads feed on insects that can be pests and transmit disease, such as mosquitoes. They also serve as a food source for many other organisms.
The Conservancy will provide volunteer training sessions, one before the breeding season and one during the breeding season from February to August. We ask that you commit to monitoring a wetland site for a three minute period 30 minutes after sunset weekly.
For more information, contact Kathryn Kynett at (916) 376-4024 or at Kathryn.Kynett@deltaconservancy.ca.gov.