Saturday’s FrogWatch event organized by the National Wildlife Federation and supported by the National Association of Biology Teachers got a good writeup in the Chicago Tribune today. I learned in the story that the volunteer frog watchers in Illinois helped find a species that was believed to have disappeared from the Midwest. Excerpt:

He credits the frog monitors with alerting environmentalists to the disappearance — and apparent re-emergence — of cricket frogs in northern Illinois. Within the past few years, the monitors have discovered cricket frogs despite prior reports that they had vanished from the Midwest.

“There’s nowhere near enough professional biologists to collect that data,” Redmer said. “The volunteers are contributing a huge amount of their time to this.”