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 window of time 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 know a little bit about their phones and/or tablets!

White Lipped Frog

Participation is easy! All you have to do is follow the simple steps below:

  1. Go outside between 7 – 9 PM any evening October 1st – 10th.
  2. Stand away from noise (traffic, tvs, dogs barking, etc)
  3. Take a 2 minute recording on your mobile device using a voice memo or other recording app. No frogs calling? No worries! The absence of frogs is incredibly important information and needs to be recorded!)
  4. Take a screenshot of the latitiude / longitude of your location. You can find this on a copmass app, or download a free "map coordinates" app. ON AN IPHONE: Press the sleep/wake and Home buttons at the same time. ON AN ANDROID: Press down-volume and power buttons at the same time. Image can be found in the photo gallery.
  5. Email both files, together or separately, to vi.frogcount@myuvi.net. Include the recording's location in the subject line.

That's It!

If you would like to do more than one location and/or date within the time window please do. You can submit as many recordings as you like from as many different locations as you can get to during the 10-day period. However, please do not take multiple recordings from the same location.

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. The calling frogs captured in each recording will be identified to species. The location coordinates will be converted to decimal degreed and the location for each recording will be mapped. The final product will give us a map of all the locations and their associated frogs. Once all locations are mapped, we will go out and survey areas where we didn't have recordings submitted.

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 from 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 infomation on the status of our frogs, the health of their ecosystems, and their response to climate change.

For more information, contact vi.frogcount@myuvi.net.