Quinte - Volunteers needed to monitor
Posted February 10th, 2005
People enjoy volunteering for good causes, and an increasing
number of people today enjoy watching wildlife. Combine
the two, and you have the makings of an ambitious project
that has spread throughout the Quinte watershed since
The Community Wildlife Monitoring Program is a project
of The Bay of Quinte Remedial Action Plan. Four popular
wildlife monitoring programs have merged into a co-operative
effort that, hopefully, will provide a handle on the status
of birds and frogs in the area. Animals are good indicators
of environmental health and can tell us a lot about the
current condition of the watershed.
The four programs are user-friendly, and even inexperienced
volunteers will feel comfortable getting involved. Volunteers
in the Quinte area have a choice of taking part in the
Marsh Monitoring Program, Forest Bird Monitoring Program,
Amphibian Call Counts, or FrogWatch. Volunteers can take
part in all four, or pick the one that sounds most appealing.
The purpose of the exercise is to keep these indicator
wildlife statistics current. Collectively, these programs
provide an overview on population fluctuations within
certain species, and a snapshot on the health of local
wetlands and forests. Close to 100 volunteers contribute
valuable data every year by listening for frogs, toads
Twenty years ago the Bay of Quinte was declared a Great
Lakes pollution hotspot. Among the side effects was a
dramatic loss of fish and wildlife populations and their
habitats. The Bay of Quinte Remedial Action Planís Restoration
Council carries out actions with local partners in its
efforts to restore the Bay and its drainage area. Wildlife
monitoring is part of the process because both the variety
of species and their numbers tell us a lot about our progress.
Three training workshops are planned for this spring;
all take place at Quinte Conservation in Belleville and
start at 7 in the evening. The March 24 workshop will
focus on identifying frogs and toads. March 31 is the
Marsh Monitoring Program, and the series will conclude
on April 7 with the doís and doníts of Forest Bird Monitoring.
Contact Terry Sprague, Project Co-ordinator, at (613)
476-5072 or <firstname.lastname@example.org>.