Amphibians, Reptiles, and Fish


Upcoming Citizen Science Programs

Wisconsin Frog and Toad Survey
Tuesday, April 17 | 7:00pm (Rain Date Thursday, April 19)
Tuesday, May 22 | 8:00pm (Rain Date Wednesday, May 23)
Monday, July 9 | 8:15pm (Rain Date Wednesday, July 11)

Join us at sunset and participants will carpool to ten frog and toad roadside listening stations in northern Milwaukee County. Learn how to identify Wisconsin’s frog and toad species by call. Surveys take about 3-4 hours. This data will help the DNR monitor the health of amphibian populations throughout the state.
Registration is required. 
Free with membership or admission. 

FrogWatch USA Monitoring Session
Tuesday, May 1 | 7:30pm – 8:30pm
FrogWatch USA is a citizen science project that invites participants to learn about local wetlands and identify frogs and toads by their calls. We will visit one of our ponds at sunset to listen for calls. You don’t need to be an amphibian expert to participate – all you need is an interest in frogs and toads and a desire to learn. Youth under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Rain date is Wednesday, May 2.
Registration is required.
Free with membership or admission.


Blanding’s Turtles

This species is presently listed as a Species of Special Concern in Wisconsin. This provides focus on this species to spur additional attention to population density, breeding patterns, and habitat challenges. If you see or photograph any Blanding’s Turtles, please contact Don Quintenz with their location and time as soon as possible. We report any information gathered to the Wisconsin DNR.


Frog Surveys

Schlitz Audubon has hosted frog surveys on an irregularly scheduled and recurring basis. We submit our information to The Wisconsin Frog and Toad Survey (WFTS), which is a citizen-based monitoring program coordinated by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR), in cooperation with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the North American Amphibian Monitoring Program (NAAMP). The primary purpose of the WFTS is to determine the status, distribution, and long-term population trends of Wisconsin’s twelve frog and toad species. Monitoring begins in the spring and continues through early summer.

We have wonderful news that we now have Wood Frogs at the Center! As part of a collaborative project, Schlitz Audubon donated Blue-spotted Salamander eggs and received Wood Frog eggs in return. In spring we heard males calling, and we are hopeful that they will breed successfully in the coming years.

Please contact Michelle Allison for more information about how you can participate in frog surveys.


Snake Counts 

Snake boards are very simple devices are used to attract snakes. Upon lifting the board you get to see which types of snakes and how many of them are resting beneath. We’re especially looking to find out if there are any Butler’s Garter Snakes on Schlitz Audubon’s property. Please contact Don Quintenz if you see or photograph any Butler’s Garter Snakes here. We report any information gathered to the Wisconsin DNR.


Fish Counts

Schlitz Audubon staff have helped out on multiple fish surveys in the Milwaukee River. During these studies, fish are temporarily paralyzed and quickly counted to acquire an accurate gauge of their densities. This takes place in conjunction with volunteer group Ozaukee Fish Passage.


Citizen Science at the Center

Amphibians, Reptiles, and Fish