CASP: NC Calling Amphibian Survey Program
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|Welcome CASP Volunteers and Potential Volunteers!
Interested in learning more about volunteering?
The general process for volunteering includes:
|2014 Data Summaries Available Soon|
1. Picking a route from the “statewide
map” - Google CASP ONLINE Mapping Tool (includes maps of all ground-truthed routes)
2. Getting an observer number through a CASP coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org).
3. Taking the online NAAMP quiz (www.pwrc.usgs.gov/frogquiz/ )
4. Preparing for in-field surveys—safety, equipment, protocol, etc.
5. Running survey at least once during each survey window–can do more if desired
6. Returning to your computer and entering your data which will automatically be available to the coordinators for review (www.pwrc.usgs.gov/NAAMP/Data/index.cfm )
7. Making copies of your datasheets for your files and returning your original datasheets and notes to the coordinators
Already a volunteer?
Thank you for volunteering for CASP! We hope that you will find the experience of assisting North Carolina with an international frog and toad monitoring program, the North American Amphibian Monitoring Program (NAAMP), rewarding. This page and its linked materials are designed to give you tips and documents that will help make your experience with CASP worry-free and fun. The documents below will also be mailed to official volunteers once they have signed-up with a CASP coordinator.
NCPARC CASP Training Manual
Google CASP ONLINE Mapping Tool
VOLUNTEER sign for your vehicle window (black and white version)
CASP Equipment Checklist
Volunteer Application and Volunteer Form
NC Frog and Toad Distribution Maps
Frogs and Toads of North Carolina - descriptions, photos, range maps, and calls
The following documents will be supplied to you via email once you have
signed-up as a volunteer:
Map(s) of your route(s)
Letter of explanation for authorities
Further Notes to Volunteers:
ALWAYS keep track of the time you spend on this project on the linked application and volunteer form above. This includes time spent preparing to run routes, studying frog calls, taking online quizzes, familiarizing yourself with your route, etc. Your meticulous reporting of your time, mileage, and expenses enables us to maintain federal funding for this project and gauge interest in CASP.
Before you begin your route, you should drive it at least once during the daylight hours and note all of the stops. Because errors could exist within the coordinates and site descriptions we developed during groundtruthing, please make note of any deviations from the reported routes that you observe. You may also want to take your own notes to help with running the route at night (safe places to pull off the road, noisy guard dogs present, etc). Furthermore, notes about habitat and land use can be helpful in documenting changes in habitat in the coming years.
You should access the NAAMP online database using your observer number and route number before conducting your route to familiarize yourself with data entry and data that will be requested. Do this while looking over both sides of your NAAMP Datasheet. Also, because 2006 is our first year of running the survey we will depend on our volunteers to help us work out the kinks and improve CASP by providing us with constructive criticism and suggestions. YOU are the real pioneers!
We are concerned with all of our volunteers having an enjoyable and SAFE survey. Please wear bright colors, reflective gear or blaze orange so that you are easily seen by other motorists. Use your hazard lights liberally to warn other motorists that you could be pulling over at any moment. If you conduct your survey alone, it is a good idea to be prepared for anything! As all herpers know, creepy crawlies are fascinating; creepy walkers are just plain creepy! Please take precautions to protect yourself from people who might want to do you harm. A flashlight is a must, and a cell phone can really help if you pull over too far on the shoulder and get stuck. Safe parking with a little walking can save you from a frustrating night in the mud. Now that we have spooked you, we are sure you will have a safe survey! Thanks again, and have fun!
For more information contact:
Partners in Amphibian & Reptile Conservation Biologist NC Wildlife Resources Commission
405 Lancelot Drive
Greenville, NC 27858
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