We are currently working on scheduling our 2018 Volunteer Training Dates. Keep checking for their announcements.
Archived 2017 – just so you know what you missed!
The 2017 egg mass survey has come to a close. We invite you to participate in this fun and rewarding experience next spring!
The following dates have been selected for group forays. These forays are a great way to help out on our reference site, gain confidence in your amphibian ID and have fun with a bunch of folks. These are open to anyone that has been trained (this year or past years) through our program. If you are interested in attending any of these forays, you can sign up using the form below.
Forays with (*) are only available to those who have attended a BP training.
- *March 4th, BP Foray, 10am-3pm – This foray has been cancelled due to cold weather. The next BP foray will be March 18th.
- March 12th, Chuckanut Community Forest, 10am-3pm (note we rescheduled this due to the cold weather, this is the new date) This site has lots of wonderful wetlands with lots of amphibian use and diverse populations. Difficulty varies depending on the wetland and accessing survey sites requires off-trail work. Waders are suggested due to some of the deeper wetlands.
- *March 18th, BP Foray, 10am-3pm
- March 19th, Stimpson Family Nature Reserve, 10am-3pm This spectacular site includes a large beaver pond complex, a man-made pond (Geneva Pond) and other wetlands along the access trail. Access is easy, but getting around the wetlands is difficult due to deep water and logs.
- March 26th, Edfro Creek Preserve, 10am-3pm- cancelled due to high water
- *April 2nd, BP Foray, 10 am-3pm
- April 8th, Maple Creek Reach Foray, 10am-3pm This wonderful site is owned by Whatcom Land Trust and lots of restoration activities have been going on there. The site is level, but has uneven ground and beaver activity. This site is moderately difficult.
- April 9th, Lummi Island Heritage Trust Lands, 10am-3pm
In addition to the group forays, we would also like to encourage volunteers to do individual surveys of sites. We have some options for individual sites that volunteers can adopt, with descriptions of each site and a sign-up form on our Adopt a Monitoring Site page.
Registration for the 2017 Amphibian Identification and Survey Training Has Begun!
Trainings are completed for 2017, check back next year and join in on the fun!
We have two training dates available this year. The first part of each training will be in the classroom and the second half will be in the field. The classroom portion will include learning how to identify the egg mass and adult forms of amphibian species in the lowlands of Whatcom County. In the field, you will learn how to survey for these creatures, how to submit data, and sanitation procedures to keep our amphibians healthy. Both trainings present the same information, but the survey focus is a bit different for each.
Dr. Stephen Nyman in the field with citizen science volunteers
The trainings are free, but we ask that attendees provide a minimum of 12 hours of volunteer time surveying for amphibians between February and May of 2017 as a part of this program.
Folks considering getting involved should be comfortable working in water, being outside in all types weather, and traversing uneven ground. Field work will be off-trail, with many obstructions. Volunteers should be 16 or older and in good physical shape.
Sign up for the training that best suits your situation and interest:
- Saturday, February 18th, 9am-3:30pm, BP Heron Center at Birch Bay State Park. This training is sponsored by BP. Folks trained in this workshop will be using their newfound skills to survey lands owned by BP in Ferndale. This is a great way to see areas that are not open to the public
- Sunday, February 19th, 9am-3:30pm, Bellingham Training, Whatcom Land Trust Office. This training is for our county-wide program and survey work will occur throughout Whatcom county, with an emphasis on Whatcom Land Trust lands. The training will most likely be at the Whatcom Land Trust office, located at 412 N. Commercial Street in downtown Bellingham.