From the backyard to the backcountry, volunteer amphibian observations contribute to science and conservation.
The Alberta Volunteer Amphibian Monitoring Program (AVAMP) is a citizen science program that encourages participants to learn about the amphibians in their communities and help conserve amphibian populations by reporting frog, toad, and salamander observations.
Who can be a citizen scientist?
Individuals, families, schools, naturalist groups, and organizations can monitor frogs, toads, and salamanders. We will help you identify amphibians and provide guidance on monitoring practices. Join AVAMP today and submit your amphibian observations on our online form. It’s free, fun, and easy!
Why should I care?
There are more than 8,000 known species of amphibians in the world. Of the 6,857 species currently assessed, scientists estimate that 41% (average) of these species are threatened with extinction (https://www.iucnredlist.org/resources/summary-statistics; May 3, 2021).
Alberta is home to just ten species of amphibian—only three of which are relatively widespread or abundant. The remaining seven species are being given attention now to prevent their disappearance from a given area.
What about other species in Alberta?
Seven species of snakes, one species of lizard, and one species of turtle live here too, and we want to hear about them! Observations for these species can also be submitted through AVAMP, including snake hibernaculum information as part of the Alberta Snake Hibernaculum Inventory.
All species of reptile in Alberta require special attention and protection to prevent their decline. Some species are especially vulnerable because of their very restricted geographic distribution in the province.
How are contributions used?
Your submissions can help biologists better understand the distribution of amphibian and reptile populations in Alberta. Species occurrence data can also be used in conservation planning and to support a wide range of research questions that relate to amphibians and reptiles.
Data is forwarded to the Government of Alberta for entry into its Fisheries and Wildlife Management Information System (FWMIS) database. Data in FWMIS are intended to support appropriate conservation and management of Alberta’s wild species and their habitats. Your amphibian and reptile submissions are an important contribution to this knowledge base!
How do I get involved?
- Sign up at the link above to become an AVAMP citizen scientist today!
- Monitor amphibians when you are outside: hunting, fishing, hiking, paddling, or enjoying nature. How much time and effort you put into the program is entirely up to you.
- Learn about the amphibians living in your community here or ACA’s Amphibian Identifier pamphlet.
- Submit your observations through the online Amphibian & Reptile Observation Form.
What else can I do?
Actively managing your land and water for amphibians can improve animal and rangeland health, increase land value, and increase returns from farming and ranching inputs.
Want to know more about amphibians and implementing habitat stewardship on your property? Check out some of these helpful resources:
For more information about AVAMP, please contact email@example.com.
Phone: 780-410-1978 Toll free: 1-877-777-FROG (3764)