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Audubon workshop on Frogwatch protocols

By Staff | Apr 15, 2016

The Potomac Valley Audubon Society will sponsor a Natural History Workshop on FrogWatch USA Protocols the morning of Saturday, April 30. The workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hospice of the Panhandle in Kearneysville.

The workshop will be led by Matt Neff, Animal Keeper at the National Zoo’s Reptile Discovery Center.

The session is free and open to anyone with an interest but space will be limited and pre-registration is required. Register on the PVAS website.

The workshop is aimed at training volunteers to use the proper protocols for identifying the calls of local frog and toad species and submitting their findings to FrogWatch USA.

FrogWatch USA is a citizen science program of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. It provides individuals, groups, and families with an opportunity to learn about wetlands in their communities and report data on the calls of local frogs and toads. Volunteers collect data during evenings from February through August and have been submitting data for over 15 years.

The Hospice facility’s address is 330 Hospice Lane, Kearneysville. The entrance is located on old Route 9, near Short Road, across from the Food Lion store. There is plenty of parking on site.

This event is one of a series of Natural History Workshops on different natural history topics the Society is sponsoring this year.

These Workshops are intended for people who are interested in learning about particular natural history topics in considerable depth but cannot commit to pursue the much more comprehensive natural history education available through PVAS’s Potomac Valley Master Naturalist Program, which can take a year or more to complete.

For more information contact Debbie Maiorano at 540-535-5145 or debbiemm58@aol.com.