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Darcy Tatsch teaches the FrogWatch USA volunteers about the citizen science program during a class at Baton Rouge Zoo in January 2017. The program relies on volunteers to listen for frogs at night and determine what species are living nearby.

Advocate staff photo by KYLE PEVETO

Volunteers are invited to join Baton Rouge Zoo’s FrogWatch Program for 2018.

The United States Geological Survey created FrogWatch USA in 1998 as a contributory Public Participation in Scientific Research. The Association of Zoos and Aquariums took over management of the program in 2009.

FrogWatch volunteers provide data used to prevent future declines in the frog and toad populations while learning more about the animals, which play an important role as indicators of an ecosystem’s health.

Training sessions will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 6 at the Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center Education Building and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 14 at Baton Rouge Zoo’s Education Building. Optional “Jeopardy”-style trivia will be offered immediately after each training session.

Learn more or register at brzoo.org/education/learn-at-the-zoo/frogwatch.