Contact Information

Texas Nature Trackers
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
4200 Smith School Road
Austin, TX 78744
(800) 792-1112 ext. 8062
tracker@tpwd.texas.gov

 

Texas Amphibian Watch: Educator Activities


One of the best things you can do to help amphibians is to join Texas Amphibian Watch. By becoming an Amphibian Spotter, by conducting Frog Force Malformation Monitoring, or by doing nocturnal call counts, you can join teachers and students throughout the state who are doing real scientific field work. This field work will help us find the answers to some very important questions about our amphibian populations such as: What species of amphibians can be found in different locations and in different habitats in Texas? About how many of each species of amphibians are there in Texas? How do the populations of different species change over time? How do the populations of different species change in relation to different weather conditions? Are there any amphibians in Texas that have malformations?

Kinds of activities suggested:

Activity 1: Amphibians in Literature

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Activity 2: Texas Amphibians in the Past – Using Oral History in Scientific Research

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Activity 3: Using Field Guides as a Monitoring Tool

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Activity 4: Becoming an Amphibian Spotter

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Activity 5: Texas Amphibian Watch Daytime Field Trip – Conducting Frog Force Malformation Monitoring

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Activity 6: Texas Amphibian Watch Evening Field Trip – Conducting an "Adopt-a-Frog Pond Nocturnal Call Count"

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