What is Frogwatch? Frogwatch is an integral part of the Ginninderra Catchment Group and focuses on two key priorities:
1. Organising and maintaining an annual community frog-monitoring program the Frogwatch Census, which engages large numbers of volunteers of all ages to undertake frog monitoring and protect frog habitats.
2. Delivering a range of school education products by providing information and resources for teachers and offering school visits to help students to learn all about the fascinating worls of frogs.
Follow @FrogwatchACT (all photos above courtesy of Peter Ormay)
Hoefer, A. M., and D. Starrs (2016) One pond fits all? Frogs as an indicator of urban wetland health. Final Report to Upper Murrumbidgee Waterwatch. Ginninderra Catchment Group, Canberra.
What are we up to??
To monitor behavioural shifts in frogs related to climate change, such as the earlier onset of breeding, we will monitor specific sites across the ACT weekly from June until the end of October.
Are you interested in helping out??? You can adopt a site for entire period, or share the wear and sign up for any number of surveys you would like!! Just contact me to register your interest!
What Frog Is That?
Have you heard a frog calling and wondered what species it is? The following PlaceStory might just be able to tell you. This PlaceStory was produced to accompany the “Frogs of the ACT region - A Glovebox Guide” (See Frogwatch Resources for the Guide and other accompanying PlaceStory), and was produced by the Molonglo Catchment Group with the cooperation of Frogwatch ACT and Forde Developments
Every week a number of frogs are accidentally imported into the ACT through fruit and vegie transport. They are usually tropical species that cannot survive in Canberra’s climate, nor can they be returned to their home state due to fears of spreading disease.
If you find one of these frogs, you can contact RSPCA Wildlife—they have carers who will look after the frogs. www.rspcawildlife.org.au or 6287 8100.
Never touch a unfamiliar looking or injured frogs, rather pick it up with a clean plastic bag, place it in a clean container (washed out with hot water —no detergents or other chemicals). Add some boiled and cooled water and a few crickets and then take them to the RSPCA.
Want to know more or get invoved in Frogwatch?? Give us a ring (62783309) or send us an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
Interested in becoming a member??? Download the GCG Membership Application Form (348 kb), fill in the details and post it back to Frogwatch /Ginninderra Catchment Group, PO BOX 446, Holt ACT 2615. Membership is free and includes insurance cover during all GCG related volunteer activities.
You can also join activities posted in Frogwatch Events.
The annual ACT and Region Frogwatch Census is funded through the ACT Government, Conservation Research, Environment and Planning Directorate. The Tadpole Kits forSchools Program- NSW branch, is funded through a NSW Environment Trust fund for Environmental Education (2014-2017). The Capital Woodlands and Wetlands Trust is kindly supporting the 2016 training events at Mulligans Flat NR and Jerrabomberra Wetlands NR. We are also supported by the ACT Herpetological Association- a great bunch of people with a wealth of knowledge!!