- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 21, 2015

VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) - The University of South Dakota is hosting a workshop to train South Dakota residents to become frog whisperers.

The training will teach participants how to recognize different frogs and different frog calls. This knowledge will allow the interested individuals to conduct field research and document the types of frogs they hear and where they hear them.

USD biologist Jake Kerby is the eastern South Dakota coordinator for the national organization FrogWatch USA. Kerby will lead the event scheduled for 3 p.m. Saturday at the school’s Churchill Haines building.

Kerby says frog research is especially important nowadays because of shrinking frog numbers. He says the information gathered by trained individuals allows scientists to learn which amphibians are in jeopardy and which ones are not.

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