Help monitor the health of the Rouge River by listening for frogs and toads in your neighborhood.
To participate, attend ONE training workshop where you will get everything that you need to survey. Visit www.therouge.org to register. (Workshop is free bur pre-registration is required). More information 313-792-9621 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday March 4, 7:00 p.m.— 9:00 p.m.
Canton Summit on the Park, Walnut Room; 46000 Sumit Parkway, canton, MI 48188
Saturday, March 8, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Livonia Civic Center Library; 32777 5 Mile Rd, Livonia, MI 48154
Saturday, March 15, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
NorthvilleTownship Hall; 44405 Six Mile Road Northville, MI 48168
- Surveying involves visiting a nearby wetland site at least twice a month beginning as soon as temperatures are above 46°F (late February or early March) and continuing through May. Surveys are done after sunset and require listening for 3 minutes.
- Data collected by volunteers is mapped and summarized and this informa-tion is provided to participants, Rouge communities, and other interested parties.
- The Rouge River Watershed is 466 square miles and there are over 1,000 blocks that need coverage. Surveys are best done in teams to increase safety at night.
- Because amphibians depend on clean water for breeding and need good quality upland habitat for the adult portion of their life, their presence is an indication good quality habitat. The more species a site can sup-port, the better the habitat.
- Eight species of frogs and toads call the Rouge River Watershed home. These are: wood frogs, chorus frogs, spring peepers, American toads, leopard frogs, gray treefrogs, green frogs, and bullfrogs. American toads and green frogs are the most abundant.