Michigan Frog and Toad Survey
The Michigan Frog and Toad Survey send volunteers on routes of their own choosing to the edges of various wetlands to find frogs and toads. The results of the survey go into the Michigan Herpetological Atlas, which is administered by the Department of Natural Resources. However, they are not required to catch any amphibians; they are required to simply listen to them.
When asked what kind of noise a frog makes, a lot of people wouldn’t know exactly how to answer. Although I have no confirmation, I would imagine a lot of people would say the noise made by a frog is a “ribbit.”
People that answer “ribbit” certainly wouldn’t be wrong, but they aren’t 100% correct either. The reason for that is that each species of frog makes a distinct noise. They can ribbit, but they can also chirp, croak, whistle, peep, cluck, bark, and grunt.
Participants are required to go near their chosen wetland twice a year, once in late spring and once in early summer. When participants hear a frog calling, they then try to identify the call and gauge how many animals are making noise.
Although it may not be as exciting, if a volunteer does not hear any frog callings, it is still vital information to the survey.
The data gained from the survey is vitally important to researchers as it helps them understand where frogs are doing well and where they are dwindling.
All in all, the Michigan Frog and Toad Survey can be a great and easy way to learn more about frogs and toads, as well as learn more about the ecosystems in Michigan that surround our homes. If the Michigan Frog and Toad Survey are of interest to you, you can find more information on the Michigan DNR website.