Frog Watch

The Melbourne Water Frog Census Program is a community-based frog monitoring program across greater Melbourne. Frogs are excellent indicators of waterway health and so scientists monitor where they live and how healthy the frog populations are, so we can see how healthy our waterways are.

The aims of the frog-mapping program are to:

  • increase community knowledge of frogs found in Melbourne, and to teach people how to identify frogs by thier calls
  • increase understanding of where frogs live in Melbourne
  • provide a Waterwatch activity that is both educational and fun

The Melbourne Water Frog Census program involves volunteers going to local waterways and recording frog calls. Participants use their own tape recorder to record the calls and recordings only need to be three to five minutes for each place visited. It is up to you how many differnet spots you would like to visit and how many times you go.

Tapes are then returned to Melbourne Water, where they are registered and sent to the Amphibian Research Centre for confirmation of identification. Results of the frog-mapping program are available on Melbourne Water’s official website.

It is a lot of fun and very rewarding to be part of such an important program.

For more information, visit Melbourne Water’s Official Frog Census Website

The Melbourne Water Frog Census is funded and coordinated by Melbourne Water and run in partnership with the Amphibian Research Centre and Melbourne Waterwatch.

Is Australia on a short list for a Virgin Galactic Space Base?

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TOURISTS may soon be blasted into space from the South Australian Outback. Billionaire Richard Branson and his new venture Virgin Galactic are considering launch sites in SA and Victoria for flights in the SpaceShipTwo craft.The company is building the world’s first commercial spaceport in the US state of New Mexico and voyages from that site are expected to start in early 2010.Virgin Galactic yesterday confirmed its desire to set up a launch site in Australia. Source:http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,23529128-421,00.html

Sing a Song of Science

    These children’s songs were made in the late ’50s and early ’60s. They were used to teach children about science. Each song is different and they deal with science topics like: Astronomy (the “Constellation Jig”) Energy (“Ultra Violet and Infra Red”) Weather (“Warm Fronts, Cold Fronts”) and Nature (“What Is a Mammal?” and “How Does a Frog Become a Frog?”). Have a listen..my favourite is “What makes a rainbow?”     www.acme.com/jef/singing_science.                                                                                                                                                                        Source:http://www.sciencenews.org/articles/20080329/safari.asp