This report captures the breadth of the Australian Museum’s flagship citizen science project: FrogID. It highlights achievements from the project’s first three and a half years and shares its bold ambitions for the future.
Australia has over 245 known species of frog, almost all of which are found nowhere else in the world. Some species are flourishing, like the Striped Marsh Frog. But others have declined dramatically since the 1980s, and four have become extinct.
FrogID is a national citizen science project that is helping us learn more about what is happening to Australia’s frogs. All around the country, people are recording frog calls with nothing more than a smartphone.
FrogID relies on frog calls to identify species, as many frog species are indistinguishable by appearance, we want to minimise disturbance to frogs and their habitat, and we want to know about the breeding season and breeding habitats of frogs.
By recording a frog call with the FrogID app, you provide a unique, time-stamped and geo-referenced audio recording that allows scientists to understand and conserve Australia's unique frog species.
Establish a nation-wide database of frog calls to document the true species diversity, distributions and breeding habitats of Australian frogs with high geographic coverage, and spatial, temporal and taxonomic accuracy never before possible.
Monitor frog distributions over time, help understand how frogs, and their ecosystems, are responding to a changing planet.
Inform conservation prioritisation and land-use planning decisions in Australia.
Connect the public with nature and raise awareness of the frogs and biodiversity conservation, facilitating participation in scientific research.
There’s no way scientists can count Australia’s frogs on their own. The country’s too big and there’s too many frogs! That’s where you come in. With FrogID, citizen scientists just like you can help record frog calls and put more frogs on the map!