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 501C3 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.
Purple pitcher plant
Wildflowers and Bog plants
Painted lady butterfly
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
Crickets, grasshoppers, katydids
Eastern gray tree frog
Northern green frog