Would you like to help the environment right here in Trumbull? Do you know of a wetland near you with frogs calling? Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo and The Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History are looking for volunteers to help monitor frog populations in nearby wetlands during the spring and summer. This is a super opportunity for residents and students to help our environment.

Amphibians are great indicators of the health of our environment. What impacts them has an effect on us too, that is why this Citizen Scientist volunteer programs is so important to evaluate the wetlands here in Trumbull.

The time commitment is 15 minutes one or two times per week, a half hour after sunset. Older children are recommended as a half hour after sunset can be after 9 p.m. in the summer. You do not have to be a frog expert as training is provided.

Training is free for Yale Peabody Museum and Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo members, and $10 for non-member families.

There are two training dates. The first is Wednesday, Feb. 17 at the Yale 1954 Environmental Science Center Room 110 from 7 to 9 p.m. There is a scheduled snow date on Friday, Feb. 19.

The second training date is Wednesday, Feb. 24 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the  Hanson Exploration Station at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo. There is a scheduled snow date on Friday, Feb. 26.

Pre-registration is necessary at least one week ahead: http://peabody.yale.edu/events/become-peabody-beardsley-frogwatch-citizen-scientist

Training is also available at Mystic Aquarium and on-line: https://www.aza.org/become-a-frogwatch-volunteer/

If you have any questions contact Gian A. Morresi, Environmental Educator at the Beardsley Zoo cdc@beardsleyzoo.org

This is the first column submitted to The Times by Trumbull's Conservation Commission. They will be supplying the paper and its website with a bi-weekly expose that discusses local environmental issues and programs.