Utica Zoo is recruiting volunteer Frog Watchers to assist in preserving local frog and toad species.

FrogWatch USA is a national citizen science project which aims to collect data on amphibian breeding calls. This organization was founded due to an alarming drop in numbers of frogs and toads in ecosystems across the country.

Executive Director of Utica Zoo, Andria Heath, says you don't need to be a frog and toad expert, you just need to have a desire and willingness to "learn the calls" in your area.

Free training is available on two separate days in April and only 30 spots are available. Contact Mary Hall at Utica Zoo if you're interested. Part 1 of the training will take place on Monday, April 16th, 2018 from 6 - 8 p.m. and Part 2 will be held on Monday, April 23rd, 2018 from 6-7:30 p.m.

Those limited spots will fill up fast, so if you're interested you can email Mary Hall at mary.hall@uticazoo.org or call (315) 738-0472. You could be a critical part in saving the frogs and toads.