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Amphibian Monitoring: Citizen Science Online Portal
Welcome to the Sierra Streams Institute (SSI) Amphibian Monitoring Portal for citizen scientists! This form is for you to submit any observations of amphibians in your neighborhood. Whether you came across an interesting frog or salamander on a hike, heard some unique calls in your backyard, or conducted a more formal amphibian survey, you came to the right place!

Here are some suggested options for data collection and submitting observations:

(1) General observations: Saw or heard something interesting in your backyard or somewhere else? Click on "Amphibian Observations!" and tell us as much as you can remember: where it was, what you heard or saw, when it happened, and anything else. The more detail the better!

(2) Conduct a daytime survey: For those of you who want to know a little more about your local wetland. Visit your wetland site (somewhere you can legally and safely access - i.e. your backyard pond or a park) during the day. If your site is a creek, walk along the edge of the creek, carefully inspecting the area for adults, tadpoles, and egg masses. If your site is a pond, walk along the shallow perimeter, carefully inspecting the area for adults, tadpoles, and egg masses. Note any findings, including total counts of observed species, life stages, and what types of habitats and substrates you found individuals in. Be as descriptive as possible. Record the start and end times of your survey. Collect air and water temperatures (if possible).

(3) Conduct a nighttime survey: For those of you who want to know A LOT more about your backyard wetland. Visit your wetland site at least 30 minutes after sunset. Turn off your flashlight and listen for 5 minutes. Record any heard species and their calling intensity (1 = individuals can be counted; there is space between calls; 2 = calls of individuals can be distinguished, but there is some overlapping of calls; 3 = full chorus, calls are constant, continuous, and overlapping). Use flashlight and binoculars to look for eye shine along creek or pond edges. Familiarize yourself with Sierra Chorus Frog eye-shine characteristics, so you can distinguish it from that of other species. Investigate individuals more closely if necessary to confirm species. Note any findings, including total counts of observed species, life stages, and what types of habitats and substrates you found individuals in. Be as descriptive as possible. Record the start and end times of your survey. Collect air and water temperatures (if possible). It is also useful to note things like the wind, sky cover, and moon visibility, as these variables can influence amphibian activity and survey results.

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Amphibian Observations!
General observations of frogs and salamanders
Amphibian Surveys!
Which type of survey did you conduct? If you conducted both day and night surveys, you will have to submit two separate forms.
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