On this Earthwatch Expedition, volunteers explored Australia’s mountain rain forests to better understand the fate of Australia’s frogs. Why do some frog species survive while others disappear?
On this expedition, participants explored the wonders of the mountain forests in Australia’s Watagan National Park. During their week, they collected data to help scientists understand how our frog populations might cope or flounder as they encounter infection by the chytrid fungus.
Working primarily at night, when frogs are most active, volunteers walked in and around streams and creeks using a spotlight to find, catch, weight, measure, and release frogs and tadpoles. They observed their behavior, recorded their calls, and did some preliminary data analysis working together as a field research team.
Earthwatch volunteers have contributed to the exciting discovery of four new species of frog and have identified both healthy and struggling frog populations. Teams were also needed to find out why some frogs are dying while others are flourishing.
The rain forests of Australia’s mountains are home to an amazing variety of wildlife, and participants on this expedition saw an array of interesting creatures during nighttime excursions. In spare time, they searched for birds, possums, and kangaroos as well as swam or walked through the rain forest.