Story last updated at 2:37 p.m. Thursday, April 18, 2002

UAA seeking frog watchers
The Alaska Natural Heritage Program is hoping to enlist the Southcentral Alaska public in a study of the wood frog.

The University of Alaska Anchorage organization will launch the Cook Inlet Wood Frog Monitoring Program in an effort to help gather some baseline data on the distribution and abundance of wood frogs in the greater Cook Inlet drainage.

People can contribute by simply visiting local ponds, bogs, marshes, temporary pools or roadside ditches and listening for the frogs' calls. The ideal time to search for the amphibians is during their mating season, which falls roughly from April 25-June 10. Call Tracey Gotthardt with the Alaska Natural Heritage Program at 907-257-2782 for details.

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