Come to the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge to learn about a fun volunteer opportunity. The Marsh Monitoring Program is a unique and rewarding program for enthusiastic volunteers to survey wetlands for both amphibians and marsh birds. Volunteers involved in the MMP contribute toward the understanding and conservation of wetlands within the Great Lakes Basin. Surveys are exciting and no prior skill or knowledge is necessary. If you are interested in either volunteering or just want to learn more
about the program, stop in between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, March 10, at the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, at 14000 W. Ohio 2, Oak Harbor. An MMP regional biologist will be on hand to answer all of your questions. If you are interested but cannot attend on this day, or for information contact Kathy Huffman at 419-898-0014, ext. 35, or at
Amphibian surveys begin late March or early April. Amphibian routes are surveyed three times a year during the late evening, and frogs are counted at each point along the route for 3 minutes. A typical amphibian survey takes just one and a half hours to complete. Marsh bird surveys begin in June. Marsh bird routes are surveyed three times a year during the early evening. All birds both seen and heard are counted at each point along the route for fifteen minutes. A typical marsh bird survey can take three hours to complete. Each volunteer is provided with both training materials and field training. For information about these or other Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge events, call 419-898-0014, visit the refuge's website at www.fws.gov/midwest/ottawa or connect on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OttawaNWR.