Tracking Environmental Quality: Monitoring Green Tree Frogs, a Citizen Science Project

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Event Date

April 1, 2017, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM



Program Information

Location: BRIT Campus. Additional classes and workshops will meet at the Fort Worth Nature Center, the Fort Worth Botanic Garden, and at other locations around the western metroplex at different times during the month.

Cost: All TERM classes are $5 for BRIT members and $10 for the public.

Who should attend: College students and upper level high school students with an interest in careers in field science, early career field scientists, naturalists, formal/informal science educators.

Point of Contact

Laura Northern Venhaus

Director of the Libraries and Research Public Engagement

We’ve all heard of the “canary in the coal mine” that warned miners of potentially hazardous conditions in the mines.  Green tree frogs, and other members of the family Hylidae, can serve as canaries warning us of hazardous conditions in our aquatic ecosystems.  Stable Hylid populations indicate stable ecosystems while declining populations point to problems within the ecosystem.  Monitoring these populations can be easy and makes for a perfect Citizen Science Project.  This workshop will discuss the ecology of Hylid frogs, where they should be found, and how to monitor their populations through the use of PVC pipe refugia.  Each participant will receive a PVC Hylid monitoring refugia as a model to build their own frog monitoring project. 

Instructor: Rob Denkhaus, FWNC

About TERM

Welcome to TERM (Techniques for Ecological Research and Management), a joint education outreach program presented by the Fort Worth Nature Center, the Botanical Research Institue of Texas, and the Fort Worth Botanic Garden.

TERM, which grew out of an identified gap in hands-on, experience-based education in the fields of plant and wildlife science, conservation, sustainability, and ecology, offers carefully designed field investigations, workshops, and classes which will enhance TERM participants' classroom education and offer an opportunity to assemble a unique set of skills. Additionally, TERM will allow participants to interact and network with professionals and students in their field of interest.