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Frog Week is a Citizen Science Project

 created by IUP graduate student AAron Capouellez, The Frog Week project conserves frogs and toads in Pennsylvania. This citizen science project monitors wild populations of American toads, wood frogs, gray tree frogs, and pickerel frogs while filming them for educational and entertaining videos for a YouTube and fieldwork conservation project with our partner,  Woods and Forests Media. Key features of the project:

  •  Documenting frogs to enhance wild populations

  • Road rescues to move frogs off busy roads

  • Rescuing wounded or sick frogs and taking them to wildlife rehabilitation centers

  • Hosting Frog Walks (nature hikes) to teach the community about the frogs and toads in their backyards

  • Showcasing ambassador animals with Critter Talks

  • Creating backyard habitats and monitoring them for suburban frogs and toads

  • Relocating tadpoles from drying vernal pools

  • Presenting our fieldwork on the Woods and Forests Media YouTube channel to share the results with the community

Frog Week is the first citizen science project of PA Woods and Forests.

PA Woods and Forests is an Outreach and Citizen Science non-profit organization that focuses on the conservation of many different plants and animals. Our priority is frogs, toads, pollinators, the native purple pitcher plant, and many invertebrates. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Target Counties:

Cambria
Somerset
Westmoreland
Indiana
Bedford
Blair

Tioga

Erie

Allegheny

Target Pollinators:

Purple pitcher plant

Wildflowers and Bog plants

Leafcutter bee

Painted lady butterfly

Green lacewing

Monarch butterfly

Mason bees

Hummingbird hawk-moth

Outreach Events

Frog Walks are guided night hikes with the goal of educating the public on the diverse species native to their region and some of the challenges the frogs and toads face.

 

Millipede Roundups on bike trails. These Roundups are a guided hike and presentation focused on one of our target species (Giant American Millipedes) and their conservation.

 

AAron of Woods and Forests Media gives presentations with his pets called Critter Talks. He brings them to church groups, nursing homes, libraries, and anywhere interested in hosting a Critter Talk. 

Other Target Species:

Giant American millipede

White-lip globe snail

Fireflies

Crickets, grasshoppers, katydids

Redbelly snake

Carpenter ants

Field ants

American woodcock

Brown bats

Target Amphibians:

American toad
Wood frog

Eastern gray tree frog

Pickerel frog

Spring peeper

Northern green frog

American bullfrog

Spotted salamander

Slimy salamander

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