Passport to Texas from Texas Parks and Wildlife
Texas Amphibian Watch wants to make sure Texas always has healthy populations of frogs and toads.
Texas Amphibian Watch is one of our citizen science programs. That means that we are involving everyday Texas citizens in gathering data. And in this case we’re looking at amphibians, a group of species that are in a lot of trouble worldwide.
Lee Ann Linam coordinates the Texas Amphibian Watch program. It’s easy to get involved.
People can pick up a packet of monitoring materials that we offer for free, and they can purchase a CD of frog and toad calls. It has nearly all the frogs and toads in Texas, to learn your frog and toad calls. And then you can actually choose your own place that you want to monitor, and go out and begin recording data.
With a state as big as Texas, the program only has eighty volunteers, and needs more.
East Texas is an area that’s very rich in frog and toad species, yet, we don’t have too many volunteers from that area. South Texas is a place where Texas has some very interesting species that we share with Mexico, and we’d like to keep better track of what’s going on with them. And then, you have to be in the right place at the right time, but we certainly need more volunteers from West Texas.
We have links where you can download monitoring forms at passporttotexas.org.
That’s our show… For Texas Parks and Wildlife…I’m Cecilia Nasti.