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April 18, 2013

What wildlife tells us

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"If you see three to five folks walking around carrying nets and clipboards, chances are it’s folks working on our project — or any other number of research projects around the state,” he said.

It wouldn't have been Whitrock. She's had to wait this year for frog-friendly weather.

"The Frog and Toad Call will happen as soon as it stops raining and warms up a bit," Whitrock said.

It turns out that a frog call is in no way similar to a duck call. At no point is the researcher required to use a device or their voice to make a frog noise.

"We're actually listening for the sounds," the naturalist said. "Anyone who has a route for this survey goes through a training program where they learn to identify the sounds made."

If people are interested in seeing whether they'd like a route of their own for this smaller, more local research project (ISU uses professionals for their research), Whitrock said potential volunteers can call Pioneer Ridge to see about joining her on her route. She can be reached at 641-682-3091.

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