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

Botany, Ecology, and Nature

Program Information

Location: Most classes will take place at BRIT or at the FW Botanic Garden. Some classes and workshops will be taught off campus and/or may include field trips to other locations around North Central Texas.

Cost: Class tuition varies depending on the length of the class and materials needed. Please see the individual class listings for exact prices.

Who should attend: BRIT's Adult Education workshops are open to and suitable for all interested members of the general public. College students and upper level high school students with an interest in careers in field science, early career field scientists, naturalists, and formal/informal science educators may be especially interested in attending these classes.

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 Botany, Ecology, and Nature

BRIT and the Fort Worth Botanic Garden are pleased to offer this series of classes and workshops that will focus on giving participants hands-on, experience-based education in the fields of plant and wildlife science, conservation, sustainability, and ecology. These carefully designed classes and workshops (most of which will will feature field investigations or lab work) will enhance  participants' prior education, offer participants the opportunity to assemble a unique set of skills, and allow participants to interact and network with professionals in their field of interest.