Frog Watch USA

What is FrogWatch USA?


FrogWatch USA is a citizen science program through the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA). This program calls for individuals to volunteer by learning about the wetlands in their communities and helping to conserve amphibians by listening and reporting frog and toad calls. Scientists can learn a lot about ecosystem health by determining where certain frog species are living. Volunteers typically attend a training session each February and collect data twice a week from March-August.

Why are frogs and toads important?


Frogs and toads are considered “indicator species”. This means that if the air, water or food source in a frog’s habitat is polluted, the frogs will indicate this in their health. These indications could show in the form of disease or an abnormality. Researchers benefit from this information to hopefully diagnose a reason for the change and fix the environmental issue. These environmental issues could not only be affecting the frogs, but every other plant and animal in the area.

Want to get involved?


The WAVE Foundation at the Newport Aquarium hosts a FrogWatch USA chapter and we would love for you to get involved! We hold training sessions twice a year, usually in February and March. Check back regularly for updates on the next training session, and see what our chapter is doing next!

When is the next training session?


We hold training sessions for new volunteers twice a year. We also have many group “field trips” where we can team up and travel together to collect data. Click on the link below to learn about these training sessions and field trips.

I am thinking about volunteering. What are the time requirements and responsibilities of a FrogWatch USA volunteer?

Click here for a PDF explanation of the requirements and responsibilities. You can also attend the next training session and see if FrogWatch USA is right for you!

Volunteer Resources

Thanks for being a dedicated FrogWatch USA Volunteer with the WAVE Foundation at the Newport Aquarium. Below you will find all the information that you will need as a FrogWatch USA volunteer. Some of the links will prompt you to open a document, and others will take you to the AZA’s FrogWatch USA page. If you have any questions about these resources, please e-mail Alle Barber or call 859-815-1422.

Disclaimer: If you are going to take the quiz for Frogs and Toads on the link above, please select “Ohio” as the state to practice. Kentucky has a few additional frog and toad species that aren’t common in our area. If you would like to practice them, then go ahead, but the list for “Ohio” is more accurate of the species in our tri-state.