University of Massachusetts Amherst

Massachusetts North American Amphibian Program


After 20 years of monitoring calling amphibians as part of the North American Amphibian Monitoring Program (NAAMP) we have decided to suspend the Massachusetts Calling Amphibian Survey. Last year we were notified that USGS would no longer support NAAMP. The central coordination provided by USGS, including the online database and frogquiz, were central elements supporting numerous state efforts that were tied together as the NAAMP. It is not feasible for our program to continue without this support and the geographic scope (multi-state) of the amphibian monitoring effort. If another organization is found that is willing to take on the role that was formerly provided by USGS we will consider reactivating the Massachusetts program. Many thanks to all the volunteers that have contributed to the project. The data collected over those many years will remain as a benchmark that can be used to compare with future data on amphibian distributions.

The North American Amphibian Monitoring Program (NAAMP) was created to coordinate national and local efforts to collect long-term data on amphibian populations across much of the United States. NAAMP relies on volunteer monitors as a cost-effective way to gather long-term data over broad geographic areas. These efforts are coordinated by the U.S. Geological Survey and a network of Regional Coordinators with data collection conducted according to a scientifically peer-reviewed protocol.

The objective of NAAMP is to collect scientifically credible data that will allow us to reliably track amphibian populations and assess their status and trends.


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