Minnesota Frog & Toad Calling Survey (MFTCS)
The DNR's Nongame Wildlife Program is sponsoring an ongoing state-wide study of Minnesota's frogs and toads. Since 1996, volunteers across Minnesota have collected data by listening to and identifying frog and toad species on specified 10-stop routes. The results of this ongoing study will provide information on where species are located throughout the state, and how their populations change in abundance and distribution.
We begin recruiting new volunteers in March; however, we begin accepting route requests as early as January 1. To see a map of available routes, please go to: http://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/naamp/ . Under the Potential Volunteer tab, click on "route availability map", select "Minnesota", and then "show map". You can then zoom to different parts of the state to see which routes are vacant (green) and in need of a volunteer. If you are interested in participating in the frog and toad survey, please email Heidi Cyr with the name and number of the vacant route as well as your contact information (phone number and mailing address).
For current volunteers:
- Forms for the 2014 survey available for download
- MFTCS Survey Protocol
- NAAMP frog quiz Test your knowledge of Minnesota's frog and toad calls!
We would like to thank Hamline University Center for Global Environmental Education for providing copies of The Calls of Minnesota's Frogs and Toads CD at reduced cost for our volunteers.