FrogWatch Ontario is a fun, easy amphibian monitoring project for people of all ages. It's a great activity for schools, families, landowners, agricultural groups, cottagers, and community and naturalist groups across the province.
FrogWatch Ontario is part of the national initiative, FrogWatch Canada, administered by Environment Canada. Adopt-A-Pond is the provincial coordinator of the project. FrogWatch Ontario is a partnership between Toronto Zoo's Adopt-A-Pond Wetland conservation Programme, Environment Canada's NatureWatch program and the Ontario Government's Natural Heritage Information Centre (NHIC).
To receive a Frogwatch-Ontario package contact us. Listen for frog and toad calls in the spring and summer and help to save amphibians in Ontario! Adopt-A-Pond can help you learn to identify frogs visually and by their calls! Contact Adopt-A-Pond to receive a FrogWatch Ontario Package or see our on-line Amphibians of Ontario guide to learn to identify the frogs in your area by sight and sound! All data collected online is automatically stored at the Natural Heritage Information Centre (NHIC).
When you sign up you can choose to be a Level 1 FrogWatcher or a Level 2 FrogWatcher.
Level 1 FrogWatchers report sightings on a casual, observation by observation basis.
Level 2 FrogWatchers report sightings on a more routine schedule that provides additional information to scientists studying the impact of climate change and other threats to amphibian populations. Level 2 FrogWatchers are encouraged to report observations three times a week (whether frogs are present or absent) during the breeding season (late March to early August; time frames will vary depending on your latitude in Ontario).
Amphibians of Ontario Identifier Guide (hardcopy, on-line)