Saturday, 02. March 2019, Aquatic Resources Education Center, DOEE FrogWatch Volunteer Training

DOEE FrogWatch Volunteer Training Session
Answer the call to offer a helping hand and lend an ear for frogs and toads!
You can learn more about your amphibian neighbors and contribute to amphibian conservation in your community by joining the FrogWatch USA chapter hosted by the District of Columbia Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE)!  DOEE FrogWatch Chapter Volunteers are citizen scientists who collect data on calling frogs and toads at aquatic habitats in and around the city. Data collection takes place at night from March through August.
In order to participate, new volunteers will need to attend one of two in-person training opportunities hosted by a DOEE Fish & Wildlife Biologist at the Aquatic Resources Education Center (AREC) in Anacostia Park (view map): 

Saturday, March 2nd from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 16th from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Note: In the event of inclement weather causing a training cancellation, a make up session will be held on Saturday, March 30th from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Aquatic Resources Education Center in Anacostia Park.
Volunteer Training Format
Trainings are held indoors at the AREC and are lecture- and activity-based to cover:

Why We Monitor: Citizen Science & FrogWatch USA; Frog & Toad Monitoring Background
How We Monitor: Recognizing DC Frog & Toad Species; Data Collection & Submission
Where To Monitor: Wetland & Stream Habitat; Site Selection & Sign Up

You will also have the opportunity to tour the AREC where you will see more than 50 species of fish, amphibians, reptiles, and invertebrates found in the waters of the District -- including American Toad, Gray Treefrog, Green Treefrog, Northern Green Frog, Pickerel Frog, and Southern Leopard Frog. 
Volunteer Committments
Prospective DOEE FrogWatch Chapter Volunteers should:

Have an interest in frogs and toads
Commit to learning how to recognize frogs and toads by their unique breeding calls
Be willing to conduct listening visits after sunset at a wetland or stream site (Preview the protocol)
Plan to be available at least 3 times from March - August, the peak frog and toad breeding season in the District, to monitor one or more locations
Be prepared to submit data online to a DOEE FrogWatch Chapter Coordinator to be entered into a national online database
Attend a training session to learn how to register or adopt a monitoring site, recognize species, and collect and submit data

Volunteers are encouraged to locate and register new stream/wetland sites convenient to them to monitor. A few DOEE-designated locations along stream restoration projects in Wards 3, 4, and 7 are also available. Additional volunteer roles and responsibilities are detailed during an in-person chapter training session. 
This citizen science program is geared towards ***** participation, but youth may participate in data collection alongside a trained parent/***** using the resources distributed as part of the training sessions. Visit the Aquatic Resources Education Center homepage to learn about programs for families and students.

The DOEE FrogWatch citizen science program is one of the many environmental education opportunities at the Aquatic Resources Education Center. View other programs and learn more about the Aquatic Resources Education Center by visiting . All AREC programs are FREE, but space is limited. The Aquatic Resources Education Center is located in Anacostia Park next to the Skating Pavilion.
Questions may be directed to or 202-440-3951.

FAQs

Where are you located and is there parking?The Aquatic Resources Education Center (AREC) is in Anacostia Park, located at 1900 Anacostia Drive SE, Washington DC 20020. Please note that this address is for the entirety of the 2+ mile park and the AREC is located at the north end in Section E, next to the Skating Pavilion and DC Urban Treehouse and at the opposite end from the Anacostia Recreation Center and Park Police Headquarters. Please use caution when relying solely on GPS, as you may be routed to the wrong end of the park (or even Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens!). We suggest using Google Maps to navigate to the ‘Aquatic Resources Education Center’.On-site parking is free and plentiful. Those relying on public transportation should note the extended distance to/from stops and budget their time accordingly.
Is there a minimum or maximum age for the workshop?This citizen science program is geared towards ***** participation. Volunteer training sessions are lecture and activity based and monitoring is conducted in and around the city at night. Youth may participate in data collection alongside a trained parent/***** using the resources distributed at the training sessions. Visit the Aquatic Resources Education Center homepage to learn about programs for families and students.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?No, you do not. We will check you in using the contact information entered into Eventbrite. 
What if I am running late to the program?We have budgeted some time, but those arriving more than 15 minutes late to the program may not be able to participate. The AREC is a locked facility and staff will be unavailable to answer the door while conducting the program. 
What if I can no longer attend or need to change my reservations?Log into Eventbrite, or email a DOEE FrogWatch Coordinator at or
How can I contact the organizer with questions?Please email  or with inquiries or if you need to cancel your reservation.

DOEE FrogWatch Volunteer Training

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