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Survey for National Volunteer Monitoring Directory

Monitoring program names:
Frogwatch USA

Affiliation, if you are part of a national, statewide, or regional network (e.g., Izaak Walton League, Texas Watch):
US Geological Survey Patuxent Wildlife Research Center

Contact Information
Name:Gideon LachmanStreet:USGS PWRC; 12100 Beech Forest Road
City: LaurelState: Maryland
Zip Code:20708-4038Phone: 301 497 5819
Email:frogwatch@usgs.govWeb site1:
Fax: 301 497 5784Web site2:

Does your program serve as an "umbrella" organization for smaller monitoring groups? In some cases

Number of Active volunteers (excluding school classes):350+
For programs that work with schools: Teachers Number: Students Number:

Approx. annual monitoring budget: $8000 Year monitoring began: 1999

Sources of funding or in-kind support
x Federal Government State Government Local Government
x Foundations Businesses Memberships
Donations Grass roots fundraising (events, solicitations, etc.)Other:

Does program have a written QA (quality assurance) plan?No Is it state-approved?No
EPA-approved? No

Does program have monitoring-related publications you are willing to share with, or sell to, other groups?No

Counties in which you monitor:
National Program

Program description:
The United States Geological Survey has launched a long-term anuran (frog and toad) monitoring program, Frogwatch USA, to compliment and facilitate the ongoing effort of scientists investigating the decline of amphibian while actively engaging the public in the conservation of their local wetlands. The data collected will provide valuable information about anuran population distributions, population trends at individual wetlands, and yearly vocalization phenologies. Hundreds of volunteers across the United States contribute to the Frogwatch USA effort by periodically monitoring a convenient wetland site for the presence of vocalizing anurans. After surveying the wetland, volunteers submit their findings via the US mail or the Frogwatch USA website (

In addition to studying anuran populations, Frogwatch USA promotes a public appreciation for diversity of anurans, fosters an understanding of the importance of wetlands within our changing landscapes, and provides an opportunity for children and adults to learn more about their communities and ecosystems. Frogwatch USA will work to engage people so that we are all better prepared to confront the environmental challenges that lie ahead in the 21st century.

Environments monitored:
Lake or Pond, Reservoir, River or Stream, Wetland

Physical/chemical monitoring:

Biological monitoring:
Wildlife, Anurans (Frogs and Toads)

Exotic/Invasive Species:

Additional activities:

Restoration activities:

Data Uses
EducationOur program, Non-governmental community organizations, Local government, State government, Federal government
Research Our program, Non-governmental community organizations, Local government, State government, Federal government
Community organizing 
Screen for problems 
Establish baseline conditionsOur program, Non-governmental community organizations, Local government, State government, Federal government
Nonpoint source assessment 
BMP evaluation 
Land use decisions 
Watershed planning 
Plan restoration projects 
Shellfish bed closures 
Swimming advisories 
State 305(b) report 


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