FrogWatch USA Volunteer Training

Saturday, May 10, 2014 - 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM, School Building, Water St, Grand Lake Stream

The Downeast Lakes Land Trust invites everyone with a passion for wildlife, and a warm place in their hearts for frogs and toads, to become a FrogWatch USA volunteer.  FrogWatch USA is part of an international citizen science program in which individuals and families learn about wetlands and help conserve amphibians.

Participants do not need to be frog or toad experts to become FrogWatch USA volunteers! All that is needed is:

An interest in frogs and toads;

A willingness to participate in a volunteer training session; and A commitment to monitor a wetland site for 3 minutes multiple evenings throughout the breeding season.

Sensitive to climatic changes, pesticides, habitat destruction and diseases, amphibians’ delicate skins and semi-aquatic lifestyles make them early indicators of change in their ecosystems. Learn to identify the frogs and toads of the Downeast Lakes Region by their calls, and collect scientific data which can help researchers better understand local frog diversity, distribution and population densities.

This free workshop will include a short walk outside to practice frog identification skills. Please be prepared by bringing sturdy shoes, a flash light, and wet weather gear if necessary.

Map, Compass and Water-based Navigation Workshop: Plotting Waypoints and Safe Routes of Travel

Monday, May 12, 2014 - 8:00 AM to Thursday, May 15, 2014 3:00 PM, School Building, Water St, Grand Lake Stream

The Downeast Lakes Land Trust is pleased to present Maine Guide, Al LaPlante for a hands-on 3 to 3 ½ day workshop which will prepare participants to travel with confidence into the backwoods and on remote waters. Attendees can use their newfound skills with map, compass, and GPS to visit the places they have always wanted to explore.  Against the backdrop of Maine’s 2,500 lakes, participants will learn how to return to secret fishing spots with accuracy as well as design the best route to cross bodies of water without hitting rocks.

The cost for the 3 day workshop is $165/person. An additional half day session on the water is also available. Registration is required and class size will not exceed 8 individuals, so enroll early to assure a place. Contact the Downeast Lakes Land Trust to register by calling (207) 796-2100 or emailing info@downeastlakes.org.