Cobb County’s Amphibian Monitoring Program (CCAMP) was developed in response to the declining numbers of amphibians throughout North America. Amphibians (mainly frogs, toads, and salamanders) hold critical roles within our local ecosystems, but their health and status across the state of Georgia remains relatively ambiguous. Through the CCAMP, residents can be trained as Citizen Herpetologists and learn to locate and identity Cobb County’s resident amphibians by habitat, morphology, and vocalizations. Certified monitors will be able to collect data on local amphibian populations and contribute to both regional and global assessments of amphibian diversity.
To become certified, volunteers must attend an Amphibian Monitoring Workshop and receive field training during one of our guided Amphibian Hikes. Training workshops occur primarily in the Spring. Overtime, our volunteer-generated data will be able to provide valuable insight into the conditions of our local watersheds.
A common inquiry received at the Watershed Stewardship Program office is “why don’t I hear as many frogs calling as when I was younger.” It is a tough question to answer. We need data to truly understand what is happening with frogs. Now you have the opportunity to get involved in monitoring the health of our frog and toad populations!