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Enviro-Mich message from "Anne M. Woiwode" <anne.woiwode@prodigy.net>

 From the DNR:

>CONTACT: Lori Sargent, 517-373-1263
>LANSING--The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is
>looking for volunteers to join the ranks of its frog
>observers who have been monitoring the status of these
>important amphibians in Michigan over the past five years.
>To help the public learn about Michigan's frogs and toads,
>the DNR Natural Heritage Program is holding eight workshops
>throughout the state in January and February to train
>interested individuals how to recognize the individual calls
>of Michigan's frogs and toads, and how to conduct a calling
>Each workshop will last approximately two hours, and
>includes general information about frog and toad (anuran)
>biology and specifics about Michigan's 13 species. Live
>animals representing most of our native species will be on
>display. Information about the Michigan Frog and Toad Survey
>volunteer program also will be presented and, in celebration
>of the survey's fifth anniversary, those volunteers who have
>contributed data all five years will be recognized.
>Everyone is welcome. You do not need prior knowledge about
>frogs or frog calls, just an interest in the plight of these
>creatures and a desire to get more involved. Training
>materials, including a tape of frog calls, will be provided
>to those interested in participating in the survey.
>The Michigan Frog and Toad Survey is funded by the Nongame
>Fish and Wildlife Fund. The survey began in 1988 on a
>limited basis to increase our knowledge of anuran abundance
>and distribution, and to monitor populations over the long
>term. Initiation of the survey was in response to an
>apparent worldwide decline in frogs, toads and other
>amphibians that has been documented since the 1970s.
>In 1996, a statewide system of permanent survey routes was
>initiated. Each route consists of 10 wetland sites that are
>visited three times annually--in early spring, late spring
>and summer--by a volunteer observer. At each site, the
>observer will identify the species present on the basis of
>their breeding season calls, and estimate the abundance of
>each species using a simple calling index value.
>Over the years, the Michigan Frog and Toad Survey will
>provide a wealth of information on the status of Michigan
>frog and toad populations, and help determine if the
>declines in recent years are caused by normal population
>changes or if other factors are to blame. Amphibians are
>excellent indicators to monitor the quality of our
>Because there is limited seating at some locations, anyone
>interested in attending a workshop should reserve a seat by
>contacting Theresa Gotschall at 517-373-9321; e-mail
>Gotschat@state.mi.us. Please call at least five days in
>advance. For more information or directions to a workshop
>location, contact Ms. Gotschall, or Lori Sargent at 517-373-
>9418; e-mail SargenL2@state.mi.us.
>The workshop schedule is as follows:
>January 12 -- Newberry High School, Newberry, 7 p.m.
>January 13 -- Hartwick Pines State Park, Grayling, 1 p.m.
>January 19 -- Michigan Technological University Forestry
>Bldg., Houghton, 7 p.m.
>January 20 -- Bay de Noc Community College, Escanaba, 1 p.m.
>February 2 -- Multi-Lakes Conservation Association, Walled
>Lake, 7 p.m.
>February 10 -- Kellogg Bird Sanctuary, Hickory Corners (near
>Battle Creek), 10 a.m.
>February 16 -- Ferris State University, Card Wildlife
>Center, Big Rapids, 7 p.m.
>February 17 -- Bay City State Recreation Area, Bay City, 9
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