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    Monitoring Atlanta's Amphibians
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The Amphibian Foundation has proudly developed and initiated a city-wide program to monitor our urban amphibian communities. This program is supported through partnerships, donations and trained 'community scientists'. Members are trained through the online training program (maamp.us) and through MAAMP workshops offered throughout the year at Kavarna Cafe (Decatur), the Atlanta Science Tavern and other locations in and around Atlanta. For questions, please visit the MAAMP website or contact the coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The training and info site is comprehensive and includes images of all 28 species of native Atlanta amphibians in egg, larval, metamorph, juvenile and adult forms. Frog calls are playable and downloadable.

Visit the MAAMP Website


urban habitat surveys

urban habitat surveys

Almost 40 sites are surveyed in and around the 285 perimeter. These sites are surveyed monthly, 30+ minutes after sunset with a 5 minute sonic survey followed by a 55 minute visual survey.
frog and toad surveys

frog and toad surveys

Frogs can be surveyed via visual detections and sonic surveys. Participants are trained to identify frogs by sight and sound.
data collection

data collection

For standardization of data, sites are sampled by the same volunteer every month. The data collected is submitted to the MAAMP Coordinator (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).
salamander surveys

salamander surveys

Salamanders can be identified visually in their adult, larval and egg forms. Atlanta has an incredible diversity of salamanders with 14 species, but many of them are either difficult to find or haven't been seen in many years.
site selection

site selection

Survey sites are selected based on several criteria. 1) Sites identified through projects and restoration grants, 2) Sites requested for survey by park managers and 3) Sites identified as occupied by amphibians.
citizen science

citizen science

The MAAMP relies on volunteers trained as 'community scientists' to monitor and identify amphibians in our urban neighborhoods. There are no age requirements for participation, but most surveys occur after dark and require adult supervision.

AF in the Field

Flatwoods Salamander Recovery Team 2017 - Eglin AFB

Flatwoods Salamander Recovery Team 2017 - Eglin AFB

John Jensen and Cottonmouth -  Ocmulgee

John Jensen and Cottonmouth - Ocmulgee

Agkistrodon piscivorus
Fall Line SandHills WMA 2017

Fall Line SandHills WMA 2017

Ryan Myers - Fall Line WMA

Ryan Myers - Fall Line WMA

John Jensen with Gopher - Frog Fall Line WMA

John Jensen with Gopher - Frog Fall Line WMA

Lithobates capito
KSU Biology Mole Salamander Team - Pigeon Mountain WMA

KSU Biology Mole Salamander Team - Pigeon Mountain WMA

Ambystoma talpoideum
John Jensen And Leslie Phillips - Fort Stewart

John Jensen And Leslie Phillips - Fort Stewart

Ambystoma cingulatum
Ryan Means, Leslie Phillips and John Jensen - Fall Line WMA

Ryan Means, Leslie Phillips and John Jensen - Fall Line WMA

Notophthalmus perstriatus
Newt Marking Team - Monson Sandhills

Newt Marking Team - Monson Sandhills

Notophthalmus perstriatus
John Jensen with Marbled Salamanders - Ocmulgee

John Jensen with Marbled Salamanders - Ocmulgee

Ambystoma opacum
Ryan Means And Leslie Phillips - Fall Line WMA

Ryan Means And Leslie Phillips - Fall Line WMA

Notophthalmus perstriatus
Anthony Mandica and John Jensen - Mayhaw

Anthony Mandica and John Jensen - Mayhaw

Hyla gratiosa