Symposium: Current research on amphibians and reptiles in the Upper Midwest
10:00 AM - 12:15 PM Tue
Title: The Wisconsin frog and toad survey: Recent developments in citizen science
Abstract: The premiere citizen science anuran calling survey in North America, the "Wisconsin Frog and Toad Survey," has stood the test of time. Outlasting its federal equivalent, the North American Amphibian Monitoring Program, and persisting through a "once-a-century" pandemic, this program has thousands of Wisconsin citizens to thank for their dedication to ensuring that frog and toad monitoring continues to take place year after year. Since 1984, volunteers have been providing uninterrupted data and valuable insights towards building a long-term dataset with which the WDNR can monitor and conserve the state's 12 native anuran species. Whether you are new to this program or have finished your 38th consecutive year of surveys, this presentation has something for everyone. Learn about the history and structure of the program, how you can get involved, and gain a current perspective on recent developments with the Wisconsin Frog and Toad Survey.
Bio: Andrew Badje is a conservation biologist with the Bureau of Natural Heritage Conservation within WDNR. Andrew received his bachelor's degree in biological aspects of conservation and a certificate in geographical information systems from UW-Madison. His current work involves the conservation and management of Wisconsin's amphibians, reptiles, and bats.