Citizen scientists to collect frog data
05 May 2016
A citizen science website and app launched today will enable the community to help build a state-wide picture of our frog species and what may be needed to help them.
Anyone can use the FrogWatch SA website and the FrogSpotter mobile app to record frog calls and where they occurred, then send the information to experts for identification and inclusion in a national database; users can even become frog experts themselves.
Environment Minister Ian Hunter launched the website and app with children from West Beach Primary School at the River Torrens at Lockleys.
"There are 28 described species of frogs in South Australia and nine of those are either rare, vulnerable or endangered in our state,” said Minister Hunter.
“FrogWatch lets everyone with interest in frogs build a picture of these amazing animals so we can better protect them into the future – it’s a great way for children and adults alike to get involved in nature through technology.”
The app uses a smart phone or tablet to record frog calls for 3-5 minutes and also to note the GPS location, type of habitat, weather, and time of day, as well as photograph the location. The user uploads the data and later receives an ID of their frogs.
“The information collected will help scientists to better understand which species are common and which are rarely found, and where work needs to be done to improve conditions for frogs, such as water quality and habitat,” said Minister Hunter.
The FrogWatch SA website and FrogSpotter app have been developed with the support of Zoos SA, Beach Energy, the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board and the City of Onkaparinga.
Visit FrogWatch SA.
Download FrogSpotter from iTunes for Apple or from Google Play for Android.