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Connecticut’s Only Zoo Invites Public to ‘Spring Forward’ for Amphibians with FrogWatch USA

Connecticut’s Only Zoo Invites Public to ‘Spring Forward’ for Amphibians with FrogWatch USA Date: Mon, 03/10/2014 BRIDGEPORT, Conn. and SILVER SPRING, Md. – March 10, 2014 – Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo invites Connecticut residents to take advantage of Daylight Savings Time, and “Spring Forward” for amphibians through the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ (AZA) FrogWatch USA™citizen science program. The zoo, in collaboration with Yale University’s Peabody Museum, will teach families, students, and others how to be citizen scientists through both classroom and experiential learning. Working with experts, volunteers will learn about local frog species, travel into wetlands throughout the region, and observe and record the frog and toad calls they hear. While at the zoo, volunteers also will have a chance to get up close and personal with amphibian education animals. “FrogWatch is a terrific way for us to engage a new generation of people interested in conservation,” explained Jim Knox, education curator, Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo. “This program brings conservation to life and shows how we all can play a part in protecting these animals.” FrogWatch USA™is dedicated to collecting information about frog and toad populations, raising awareness about amphibians and wetlands, and engaging the public in science. Since 1998, FrogWatch USA™ volunteers have collected data on the frogs and toads heard calling in their local wetlands during evenings from February through August. Together, these volunteers contribute to a long-term, nationwide effort to gather information on species presence, habitat use, and changes over time. Why frogs? Amphibians play an important role in the health of ecosystems, but more than one third of the world’s amphibian species are currently facing the largest...