The inaugural 2015 Great VI Frog Count was a tremendous success! With help from the community, we received over 300 recordings from six islands: Virgin Gorda, Jost Van Dyke, St. John, St. Thomas, Water Island and St. Croix. Six species of frogs from the recordings.
Help us meet our goals for the 2016 Great VI Frog Count. The project aims to conduct a multi-island-wide survey of the calling frogs within a single short time window to reduce effects of weather and other variables. Participants don’t need to catch any frogs or even know anything about frogs, but they do need to download an app (works on both iOS and Android) and answer a couple of questions.
Download the app Record the Earth to your phone or tablet, available free from Google Play or the iPhone App Store.
Go outside between 7-9 pm on any day between 1-15 October
Stand away from extra noise, such as traffic, TVs, talking people, music, barking dogs, etc.
Follow directions in the app to take a recording. Please also answer the question about how your recording makes you feel.
No frogs calling? No worries! The absence of frogs is incredibly important information and needs to be recorded!
The status bar will indicate if your recording has been submitted; if you are in an area with poor cell coverage you can submit at a later time; recordings will be accepted until 16 October.
That’s it! You can see your location on the map and listen to your recording! You can also listen to recordings that others have contributed to this project.
Want to do more than one location? You can submit as many recordings as you like from as many different locations as you can get to during the 2-week period! Please do not take multiple recordings from the same location, though.
Questions? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Include the location in the subject.
Here’s what we will do with what you send us: All recordings will be converted to a standard audio file format to be uploaded into a bioacoustics analysis program that will identify the calling frogs captured in each recording. We will use the location data to give us a map of the frogs. Once all the locations are mapped, we will go out and survey areas where we didn’t get recordings.
Why are we doing this? This project is part of a long term study on VI frog activity patterns and distribution. In the past we have been limited to information that could be collected from people trained to recognise frog calls, and to areas where those people were able to access. Using a citizen science approach coupled with sound analysis software, we can increase the areas surveyed and decrease the human error. Long term, these data will provide valuable information on the status of our frogs, the health of their ecosystems, and their response to climate change.
For more information, contact email@example.com.