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Steve  Price observes a  bull frog.

Graduate student Steve Price holding a bullfrog (Rana catesbeiana)

The Great Lakes coastal wetlands and near shore environments have been sites of intense study by UWGB graduate and undergraduate students for the past four weeks as part of the Great Lakes Environmental Indicator project (GLEI). The goal of the project is to develop a set of species that can be used to indicate ecological conditions of Great Lakes wetlands. Bird and amphibian surveys conducted during the four year project will help state and federal governments monitor environmental change and identify areas in need of preservation or remedial restoration. Dr. Robert Howe’s students have been listening for the breeding calls of frogs - excellent indicators of overall wetland and near coastal health. Amphibian surveys will continue throughout May as students listen for the calls of twelve species of frogs common to the Great Lakes area.

Contributed by UWGB student Kathy Groves

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