On this Earthwatch Expedition, you’ll explore Australia’s mountain rainforests to better understand the fate of Australia’s frogs, and why some frog species survive while others disappear.
On this Family Expedition, you will explore the wonders of the mountain forests of Australia’s Watagan National Park. During your week here you will 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, weigh, measure, release frogs and tadpoles and document the results. You will observe their behaviour, record their calls, and record the findings as you work together as a field research team.
In the past, Earthwatch participants 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 rainforests 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 night-time excursions. In your spare time you can search for birds, possums, and kangaroos as well as take a walk through the rainforest.
Earthwatch’s Family Expeditions are designed specifically for families with children over 6 years of age. These expeditions provide a unique opportunity for families to connect with nature and one another, spark the curiosity of young developing minds in understanding forest ecosystems and empower all the family to become stewards of the natural world.