Learn about frogs

The litoria ewingii, also known as the southern brown tree frog, is one of the Australian native frogs. Picture: SUPPLIED

Melbourne Water is inviting community members to come along and learn about the importance of frogs in farm ecosystems and how to participate in Citizen Science by identifying frogs with the FrogCensus app.

It will be a ‘Ribbiting’ evening for conservation.

Melbourne Water program lead community connections Leesa Riley asked people to join their evening of education and discovery about frogs.

The events will be presented by David De Angelis who is an ecologist and zoologist with over 17 years of experience in the field.

Mr De Angelis has a keen interest in the ecology and conservation of reptiles and frogs and has surveyed several threatened species over the years.

“Following the presentation, we will embark on a guided walk to a wetland area, where we will listen to frog calls and identify frogs at dusk. This hands-on component will provide participants with an opportunity to apply what they have learned and gain practical experience in identifying distinct species of frogs,” Ms Riley said.

Additionally, participants will learn how to contribute citizen science information to the FrogCensus app.

By participating in this citizen science initiative, individuals can make a valuable contribution to conservation efforts and help researchers gather important data on frog populations.

“Frogs play a significant role in waterway and wetland ecosystems and are easily affected by changes to their environment. By helping us collect far more data than otherwise possible, you will be shaping decisions on waterway health,” Ms Riley said.

Everyone, who is interested in wildlife and desires to contribute, is welcome to participate.

Light catering will be provided during the event, ensuring participants stay refreshed and fuelled for learning.

An appropriate dress for outdoor evening conditions including enclosed shoes is required.

A biosecurity foot bath will be in place to ensure everyone’s safety.

It is free to attend, but registration is required to secure the spot.

To register for the event, please visit the links below before Wednesday 22 November.

The first event will be held from 6.30pm to 9pm on Friday 24 November at Yarra Valley Estate located at 164 Melba Highway in Dixons Creek.

To register this, visit the website, events.humanitix.com/fantastic-frogs-on-farms-dixonscreek.

The second one will be held from 6.30pm to 9pm on Saturday 25 November at Rayners Orchard located at 60 Schoolhouse Road in Woori Yallock.

To register this, visit the website, events.humanitix.com/copy-of-fantastic-frogs-on-farms-woori-yallock.