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Frog Call Monitoring

Volunteers around Iowa are collecting frog call data from a variety of species.

Woodward, Iowa, and various other sites around Iowa

Possible Guiding, Compelling and/or Anchoring Questions

  • What could be causing the decline of amphibians in Iowa?
  • What information does the frog call monitoring give us?
  • What can be done to prevent the decline of amphibians?

Classroom Suggestions

Students could:

  • Recall a situation where they have heard the sounds of frogs, also ask if they are familiar with the frog calling program.
  • Discuss as a class the types of data that the frog monitors were collecting.
  • Brainstorm in pairs why it would be important to collect the different types of data from different locations in Iowa.
  • Read an article or case study about another type of amphibian or reptile (turtles) and its decline in Iowa.
  • Create a diagram of the potential effects this might have on an ecosystem with the decline on the frog population.
  • Research potential causes of frog population decline in Iowa.
  • Create a poster, presentation, podcast, brochure or video to highlight their research and a plan to mitigate the effects of humans that could be causing the frog population decline.

Related Resources

Iowa Core Alignment


Design, evaluate, and refine a solution for reducing the impacts of human activities on the environment and biodiversity

Credit Info

Media produced for Iowa Outdoors by Iowa PBS.
Submitted by Dan Voss and Madison Beeler as part of their Iowa STEM Teacher Externship experience at Iowa PBS.


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