Clownfish

Clownfish

Clownfish and certain damselfish are the only species of fishes that can avoid the potent poison of a sea anemone. This is due to a layer of mucus on the clownfish’s skin that makes it immune to the fish-eating anemone’s lethal sting.

Conservation News

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Join the zoo's FrogWatch USA chapter!

It's not easy being green!  Did you know that one-third of the world's amphibian species are facing extinction in our lifetime?  Friends of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo and FrogWatch USA volunteer citizen scientists are making a difference by collecting information about frog calls and submitting it to a national database coordinated by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.  With our help, biologists can track changes in frog populations and develop conservation programs to save them.

How can you get involved?  Become a FrogWatch volunteer!  Volunteers participate in fun, interactive training sessions at the zoo to learn how to identify frog calls, choose an observation site where frogs may live and make observations during breeding season.  FrogWatch volunteers may also join the chapter on exciting local field trips to wetlands to explore what species of frogs may be found in different areas.

FrogWatch USA is a great way to get closer to nature, help save frogs and bond with friends and family!

Chapter Field Trip Schedule

Want to get outside and into nature this spring and summer?  Join the Rosamond Gifford Zoo FrogWatch Chapter on a field trip led by a professional zoo educator!  This summer we will be making regular visits to two wetlands in local parks, including Ryder Park in East Syracuse and Baltimore Woods Nature Center in Marcellus.

Each field trip will include a fun, brief FrogWatch training session in which we will review amphibian basics, give an audio overview of frog calls, and review observation methods.  This mini-training on frogs will be fun for adults and children alike who are interested in nature, and it is the perfect way for those new to FrogWatch to learn more!  The mini-training will take place about 30 minutes prior to the observation.

Following the group discussion, we will take a short stroll to the wetland observation site at each of these parks and conduct an official observation and gather data on what species we hear.  Total observation time (including walking) should not exceed 20 minutes.  Following each trip, zoo staff will submit the data to the national FrogWatch database!

All attendees should dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes (it may be muddy), as well as bring a flashlight and insect repellent if desired.

Experienced or certified FrogWatchers may arrive 30 minutes after start time.

Reservations are not required. 

Field trips may be canceled due to extreme weather--please check back here the day of the field trip to confirm it will occur!

Update Friday, August 8: The weather looks beautiful for tonight and we are a go!  Please come join us!

Date

Time

Location

Friday, May 2    

7:45 p.m.

Ryder Park

Friday, May 16

8:00 p.m.

Baltimore Woods Nature Center

Friday, June 6

8:30 p.m.

Ryder Park

Friday, June 27 

8:30 p.m.

Baltimore Woods Nature Center

Friday, July 25

8:15 p.m.

Baltimore Woods Nature Center

Friday, August 8

8:00 p.m.

Ryder Park

 

Directions to Ryder Park are available here:

http://www.townofdewitt.com/RyderRecreationandNatureArea2.aspx      

Directions to Baltimore Woods are available here:
http://www.baltimorewoods.org/aboutus/directions/

Questions?  Please email us at frogwatchrgz@yahoo.com.