Here is an opportunity for local government professionals in Melbourne to support their local environment. Melbourne Water has recently launched its annual Frog Census, which is a community-led citizen science research project that tracks the location of local frog populations.
'Frogs are very sensitive to changes in climate, rainfall and the environment, which makes them excellent indicators of overall environmental health.
'Melbourne has 16 indigenous frog species, three of which are currently threatened. While not a threatened species, we are concerned that the Red-groined Froglet has not been recorded anywhere in Melbourne for eight years and we need the community’s help to locate them.”
More than 5,000 frog records have been submitted by a core of dedicated volunteers over 15 years.
“With the new app it can be done at the press of a button,” Mr Akers said.
“The app records the frog’s call, tags the location and sends the data to us for analysis. We hope by making it easier we will encourage more people to get out to their local waterway, lake or wetland and make a valuable contribution to science and conservation.