The Amphibian Foundation (Atlanta, GA) has initiated a program to monitor amphibian communities in the metropolitan Atlanta region. By involving professionals, local experts, volunteers, interns and trained ‘citizen scientists’, we hope to collect data on the 14 species of frog and 14 species of salamander native to Greater Atlanta (Fulton, Dekalb, Cobb and Gwinnett counties). In time, this data could provide us with vital information on the health and status of our urban amphibian communities, as well as identify potential sites for conservation and habitat restoration.
Site selection criteria is as follows 1) Locations already under stewardship as habitat restoration sites, 2) Sites we have been requested to monitor by local park managers and 3) Sites identified as occupied by amphibians.
Surveys are conducted at least once a month at each identified site using the Frog Call Index protocol first implemented by USGS for the North American Amphibian Monitoring Program (NAAMP). The NAAMP has been monitoring amphibian population trends throughout North America since 2001. A 5 minute sonic survey is performed at the beginning of each field survey.
In addition to call surveys, participants walk a standardized route in order to visually detect amphibian presence in non-calling modes (e.g. eggs, larvae, sub-adults, and non-calling adults). Whenever possible, routes are tracked with GPS, and breeding populations marked and identified to species.
Participants in MAAMP surveys are requested to visit their sites at least once per calendar month, and be able to pass the Amphibian Identification Quiz on this site.
maamp.frogsneedourhelp.org | Information and updates on the MAAMP
https://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/Frogquiz/ | USGS frog call quiz: Go to ‘Public Quiz’ and then select ‘Georgia’
https://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/naamp/ | North American Amphibian Monitoring Program site
http://wwknapp.home.mindspring.com/GAFrog.Toad.html | Frogs and Toads of Georgia
http://srelherp.uga.edu/anurans/ | Savannah River Ecology Lab
http://www.georgiawildlife.com/node/682 | 'Calls of the Wild' GA DNR Frog Call CD