Beyond Bolac CAG received funding from Wettenhall Environment Trust to inspire the local community to learn about the unique frog species which inhabit the Victorian Volcanic Plains.
The Frogging on the Victorian Volcanic Plains workshop was held online on Friday 1st October, 2021, Dr Ayesha Burdett and Dr Elia Pirtle talked all things wetlands, Frogs and Waterbugs. Dr Elia Pirtle explained how to undertake your own survey for frogs, see her short ‘How to survey for frogs’ video here.
Below is a number of other resources from that event which will assist you to locate and identify Frog and Waterbug species at your local wetland or dam.
Resources for learning about your local frog species, practicing frog calls, and reporting your data
1. Anywhere in the world, go to the iNaturalist homepage and search for frogs in your area to see what species others around you have found. Download the iNaturalist app to submit photos of any frogs you observe, adding to the world’s largest citizen science database which documents all life on earth. iNaturalist’s built-in software will help you identify the frogs in your photos, along with hundreds of enthusiastic ecologists and taxonomists who use the platform. Watch tutorials for using the iNaturalist app here.
2. In Australia, visit the Australian Museum’s FrogID homepage and explore frog species and calls. Download the FrogID app onto your phone and use the app to identify calls that you don’t recognize while you are out surveying. Record frog calls anywhere in Australia to add to a nationwide citizen science database of frog activity. Watch a tutorial for using the FrogID app to submit frog call observations here and find some more tips for doing a survey here.
3. In the Melbourne region, visit the Melbourne Water Frog Census homepage, where you will find great resources for identifying local species, conducting surveys, and creating frog friendly habitat at home."
Download a copy of the ‘How to Survey for frogs at home’ handout here
A series of interactive signs were developed and installed at a local wetland in Willaura during Winter/Spring of 2020, where visitors were able to read about the local frog species and then hear their call. These signs will visit local schools during 2021 to teach students about the local frog species and their habitat, as well as be re-installed at a local wetland for community members to visit.