Monday, March 7, 2011

Frogging By Ear Workshop

When: 25-27 March 2011
Where: Solon Dixon Forestry Education Center, Andalusia, Alabama

Come spend a fun weekend in the longleaf with herpetologists, Jimmy and Sierra Stiles, learning all about frogs in Alabama’s frog hotspot. This region supports one of the highest frog species diversities in the United States. Participants will learn how to recognize frogs by their call and by using field marks to identify frogs in hand. Nightly field trips will tour local frogging sites for hands-on practice. Learn how to choose the best sites for listening to frogs, no matter where you are. We will demonstrate how Google Earth and other map resources can be used to identify the best spots for exploring the sounds of the night. Local frogs will be used to illustrate techniques to target species by understanding their life history, habitat and survival needs. We will present some interesting new techniques used for long-term monitoring and research as well as discuss some low-cost methods for managing your land for maximum frog diversity. Participants will have opportunities to photograph local frog species as well as some other interesting local reptiles and amphibians. The workshop will be based out of the Solon Dixon Forestry Education Center. We will be able to explore over 90,000 acres of prime frog habitat.

Workshop Schedule

Friday March 25th
2:00-5:00 Introduction to frogging, species identification, habits and habitats
5:00-5:45 Break
5:45-6:30 Dinner
6:30-9:30 Trips to local ponds

Saturday March 26th
8:00 Breakfast
9:30-12:00 GIS maps and frogs, Froglogging
12:00-12:30 Lunch
12:30-2:00 Break
2:00-5:00 Photograph, experience and investigate live reptiles and amphibians
5:00-5:45 Break
5:45-6:30 Dinner
6:30-9:30 Trips to local ponds

Sunday March 27th
8:00 Breakfast
Cost of the workshop includes all lodging, meals, and instruction
$235 for single occupancy in a room per person
$225 for double occupancy in a room per person

To register or for more information contact

Jimmy and Sierra Stiles
5687 US Hwy 29
Andalusia, Alabama 36420


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