FrogID

TechLife Australia - - DISCOVER - [ HARRY DO­MAN­SKI ]

LEARN ABOUT FROGS AND SAVE AUS­TRALIA! Free | frogid.net.au The lat­est in cit­i­zen sci­ence comes in the form of the FrogID app, an ini­tia­tive de­signed to help count and lo­cate the amount of frogs re­sid­ing in Aus­tralia by fo­cus­ing on each user’s lo­cal am­phib­ians. As the app’s web­site sug­gests, “frogs are a sign of a healthy en­vi­ron­ment, but around Aus­tralia frogs are de­clin­ing and many are en­dan­gered”.

Once you’ve reg­is­tered an ac­count, you can record the lo­cal frog calls in your area and sub­mit them to the na­tional frog count. Even­tu­ally, they’ll be iden­ti­fied by Au­dio DNA ex­perts from the Aus­tralian Mu­seum and you’ll get to know which lit­tle frogs live in your area, but more im­por­tantly, these ex­perts will be able to get a much bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of en­vi­ron­men­tal trends such as the spread of the pesti­lent cane toads or the flour­ish­ing of the striped marsh frog.

As mo­ti­va­tion to use the app, you’ll also be given ac­cess to an ‘ex­plore’ tab that of­fers up plenty of de­tailed and in­ter­est­ing info on all the frog species that peo­ple have lo­cated so far. Rib­bit!

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