Saturday, December 5, 2015

Frog and Toad Survey

I have waited 15 years to become a Frog and Toad survey volunteer, and I have to say that I have loved every minute of it. I finished my third of three surveys this year. I highly recommend the training even if you don't move on to volunteerism. You can learn the frog and toad calls here at the PWRC website -- taking the quiz is helpful.

I learned about the survey back when we were homeschooling and had a county conservation board class. We learned three frog calls, and I wanted to learn more. There are 17, maybe 18 total, in Iowa, and I have counted up to 7 species on my route.

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In honor of area Eagle Projects, a geocache was placed near an invasive species removal project. I found the cache (what was left of it), and these nice specimens. I find many fungi, slime molds, and jellies when out on nature walks. They are so diverse and I know so little about them that I have hundreds of photographs of unidentified species. My hope is to some day learn many of them.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Tadpoles in abundance

I get a lot of pleasure in reading about different wildlife sightings. This season's Wildlife Diversity newsletter is definitely a good read because I learned new things. I particularly like the tadpole identification guide. I thought I would post a copy of it here, it's on page 8: click for newsletter