On this Earthwatch Expedition, you’ll explore 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, explore the wonders of the mountain forests in Australia’s Watagan National Park. During your week here you’ll collect data that will 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, you’ll walk in and around streams and creeks using a spotlight to find, catch, weight, measure, and release frogs and tadpoles. You‘ll observe their behavior, record their calls, and do some preliminary data analysis as you work together as a field research team.
In the past, Earthwatch volunteers have contributed to the exciting discovery of four new species of frog and have identified both healthy and struggling frog populations. Teams are now 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 you’ll be sure to see an array of interesting creatures on your nighttime excursions. In your spare time you can search for birds, possums, and kangaroos as well as take a swim or a walk through the rain forest.