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Learn how citizen science monitors wetland birds and frogs in the Bay of Quinte through the Marsh Monitoring Program and FrogWatch Ontario.

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Citizen scientists help protect Bay of Quinte wetlands and wildlife.

Learn how citizen scientists help to monitor local wetlands. Naturalist and columnist, Terry Sprague hosts an information session explaining how monitoring helps protect local wetlands and wildlife by monitoring for birds and frogs. This year, due to Covid restrictions the presentation will be an online event on Monday, March 8, 2021 at 7:00 pm.

Terry will discuss two programs: the FrogWatch Ontario program, which is a family-friendly activity; and the Marsh Monitoring Program, which is more structured, ideal for the outdoors enthusiast. FrogWatch Ontario volunteers record amphibians once a week from April through June and submit their results online. The Marsh Monitoring Program records wetland birds and frogs, twice for 15 minutes each, between May and July. Monitor sites can be at the cottage, in the backyard, or at designated monitoring locations. “The information collected tells us about the presence and abundance of both species in coastal and inland marshes, and contributes to our understanding of these species and their habitat needs.” says Terry.

Ospreys and Eagles are also monitored around the Bay of Quinte. “Ospreys and Eagles are indicators of water quality health. Changes in the number of nesting pairs and number of chicks produced can reflect changes in aquatic ecosystem health”, states Terry.

Bay of Quinte, fish and wildlife populations and habitat are classified as restored under the remedial action plan. Now, citizen scientists are vitally important as “boots on the ground” focusing on ensuring wetlands and wildlife don’t backslide to the conditions that required a remedial action plan in the first place. The information gathered ensures the long-term protection of this area’s wetlands and wildlife.

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