Volunteers interested in surveying Rouge wetlands for frogs and toads are encouraged to sign up today for one of four upcoming training workshops conducted by Friends of the Rouge. Volunteers learn how to recognize eight frog and toad calls commonly heard in Michigan in spring and are assigned a nearby area to survey by listening. Interested volunteers need to pre-register for one of four training workshops held in March.
Anyone interested in learning about local wildlife and willing to learn the calls and devote a few evenings every month to listening is encouraged to sign up. People from all walks of life participate in the survey, including students, retirees, families (children five and older are welcome when accompanied by a participating adult). Surveys must be done within the Rouge River watershed (survey blocks are assigned as close to volunteers as possible).
The survey has been conducted since 1998 and results are used to track the health of local wetlands. Wetlands are critical to the health of the Rouge River. The survey is funded through a grant from the Rouge River National Wet Weather Demonstration Project and local Rouge communities.
Saturday March 2
10am-12pm Northville Township Hall, 44405 Six Mile Road, Northville 48168
Tuesday March 5
7-9pm Canton Summit on the Park, 46000 Summit Parkway, Canton 48188
Saturday March 10
10am-12pm Farmington Hills City Hall, 31555 Eleven Mile Road, Farmington Hills 48336
Wednesday March 13
7-9pm E.L. Johnson Nature Center, 3325 Franklin Road, Bloomfield Hills 48302
About FOTR: Friends of the Rouge is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to promoting restoration and stewardship of the Rouge River ecosystem through education, citizen involvement and other collaborative efforts, for the purpose of improving the quality of life for the people, plants, and animals of the watershed. The Rouge River covers 466 square miles in three counties and 42 communities in the metropolitan Detroit area. Additional information at www.therouge.org