Aquarium Leads Local Frog Conservation Effort

By / Local Events / Monday, 02 March 2015 05:00

Kure Beach, NC — Staff at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher hope to enlist the help of volunteers to gather information about local frog and toad populations as part of FrogWatch USA. .
The citizen science program provides individuals, groups and families with an opportunity to learn about wetlands in their communities, recognize the unique calls of different species and report data on the calls of local frogs and toads.
"We are excited about getting FrogWatch Volunteers out into the community, helping us to collect information about the types and amounts of frogs we have around Southeastern North Carolina,” said Aquarium Outreach Coordinator Andy Gould. “Amphibians are important species to keep an eye on, because they are very sensitive to changes in their environment. If we see them in our area, it means that our habitats are healthy and thriving. If we notice their absence, we may want to look further into potential causes.”
Trained volunteers collect data at a local wetland site from February through August and submit the data online. No previous knowledge of amphibians or scientific background is required and free training is provided.  “Being a FrogWatch Volunteer is an excellent way to explore the great outdoors and gain a closer connection with nature, even if you have a demanding schedule or are low on time,” said Gould. “You will also be contributing to our statewide and national understanding of amphibian health and conservation concerns. “
Those interested in becoming FrogWatch USA volunteers can register for a single training workshop that includes fun activities and hands-on demonstrations.  Workshops will be held 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays, Jan. 31, Feb. 21, March 21, April 18 and May 2. Space is limited to first 30 registered participants. For additional information visit or call (910) 458-8257 x. 236.
The N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher is located south of Wilmington on US 421, in Kure Beach. The site is less than a mile from the Fort Fisher ferry terminal. Regular hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (closed Thanksgiving and Christmas days). Normal admission: $10.95 adults ages 13-61; $9.95 ages 62+ and military; $8.95 ages 3-12. Taxes not included. Free admission for: children 2 and younger; registered groups of N.C. school children, and NC Aquarium Society members. General information:  .


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