Although it may not seem like it, North Dakota is home to 10 species of frogs and toads. The amphibians have permeable skin which allows substances to move through them. Because of this, they are known as bio-indicators which can help determine the health of the nearby area.
People are becoming citizen scientists through FrogWatch to listen for the amphibians and contribute to national research on them. Each frog and toad have a unique croak that you can identify if you listen closely near a source of water just after sunset. You may have heard the call of a Boreal Chorus Frog without even realizing it.
“Probably a frog you’re going to hear around town. It’s the most common one we hear, and it sounds a lot like crickets. So if you’re hearing what you think is crickets, keep listening, because it might actually be a frog,” says Nicole Vachter, Roosevelt Park Zoo FrogWatch Chapter Coordinators.
Roosevelt Park Zoo will be hosting FrogWatch group outings all summer.
Click Here to find out how you can become a citizen scientist.