Do You Understand Frogs?

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Calling all frog speakers.

This undated handout artist rendering provided by Dan Klores Communications shows a Beelzebufo ampinga facing off against the largest known living Malagasy frog, Mantydactylus ampinga. A full -length pencil provide size perspective. A frog the size of a bowling ball, with heavy armor and teeth, lived among dinosaurs millions of years ago _ intimidating enough that scientists who unearthed its fossils dubbed the beast Beelzebufo, or Devil Toad. (AP Photo/Illustration by Luci Betti-Nash, Dan Klores Communications)

Calling all frog speakers.

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources needs your help.

Wildlife biologists need volunteers for the annual statewide calling frog survey, which starts Jan. 15.

John Jensen, a department senior wildlife biologist, said there are 75 survey routes but so far only 30 volunteers have come forward.

He said the volunteers are needed to help decipher the calls of Georgia's 31 frog species. The state is setting up baseline data on frogs so scientists can identify population trends.

Before they are assigned to one of the preset listening routes, volunteers have to pass an online test of their ability to audibly identify frog species.

Jensen said volunteers will also be asked to commit to participating in the survey for three years.

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