Celebrating 20 years of frog and toad surveys, DNR launches new mapping application

Frogs and toads are one of the best indicators of the health of wetlands. Each year, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ Nongame Wildlife Program recruits volunteers to participate in the Minnesota Frog and Toad Calling Survey to help track population changes in the state’s fourteen frog and toad species.

This year, participants in the survey will find a new mapping application where they can get more information and sign up for this outdoor activity. Participants in a vehicle conduct nighttime listening surveys on three evenings between March and July to capture seasonal variations in frog and toad species.

“This project would not be possible without the dedication of generous volunteers,” said project coordinator Janine Kohn. “Frogs and toads are indicators of habitat quality and provide valuable information on the condition of Minnesota’s wetlands. Volunteers’ reports help us track the health of the state’s frog and toad populations and, therefore, wetlands and water quality.”

“Don’t hesitate, sign up now and connect with nature while participating in this exciting citizen science adventure,” Kohn added.

The continued help of Minnesotans who volunteer their time and donate to the Nongame Wildlife Checkoff on their state income tax returns helps the DNR Nongame Wildlife Program perform important surveys and research studies like the annual Frog and Toad Calling Survey.