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Wouldn't you think with money as tight as it is these days that they maybe would have bigger fish to fry than this?

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They're looking for volunteers. What's the harm in that?

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RIBBIT! RIBBIT! That explains what the guy next door was doing out side in the rain yesterday. I guess he was practicing for the round up.

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Wouldn't you think with money as tight as it is these days that they maybe would have bigger fish to fry than this?

Yeah, but many seem to be of the notion that as long as the tax payers have a little left and they keep giving, it's business as usual for them...... .

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Wouldn't you think with money as tight as it is these days that they maybe would have bigger fish to fry than this?
BUT isnt the frog population an indicator of water quality? not that i disagree with your way of thinkin, but i think water quality IS important. JMO.

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Originally Posted By: DonBo
Wouldn't you think with money as tight as it is these days that they maybe would have bigger fish to fry than this?
BUT isnt the frog population an indicator of water quality? not that i disagree with your way of thinkin, but i think water quality IS important. JMO.

Good point. Anyone remember the frogs that a group of students from the MN New Country School found at the Ney Environmental Center in Henderson?

Also as B. Amish pointed out, what's the harm if they're only looking for volunteers. At one point the DNR was offering contracts for hire to conduct these very surveys for birds, 3-toed salamanders and pheasant road-side counts (to name a few). It's nice to see they're leaning towards volunteers to fill the positions now.

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Hey, volunteers are great, but don't you think there'll still be some biologist laboring over the findings? If it's all about water quality, that's one thing, but...

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Hey, volunteers are great, but don't you think there'll still be some biologist laboring over the findings? If it's all about water quality, that's one thing, but...

More than likely. But I'm guessing it's a biologist already on the payroll and tasked with this type of research for their day to day duties.

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Unfortunately, there are no commercially made frog calls. I called Lohman's and Hunter's Specialties, and they hung up on me when I asked if they had any frog calls.

After careful consideration, I took an assortment of old crow, duck, goose and varmint calls out to the garage to experiment. For many hours I tinkered and trimmed reeds and widened out barrels and shortened mouthpieces.

Several times, Mrs. J stuck her head out into the garage, looked at me and then quietly closed the door and left. I think she was jealous of my plan to get rich by developing and marketing the first frog calls.

Producing the perfect "RRRRIIIIBBBBIIITTTTT" turned out to be a little more difficult than I thought. As I carefully inserted a modified reed into the remains of an old Olt goose call, the sounds of heavy rain interrupted my work.

Taking a little break, I cracked another cold Summit, hit the garage door opener, and watched the rain pelt down on the truck in the driveway. I took another swig, and smiled with satisfaction at the road salt that was being washed off the truck. Heck - saved myself a couple of bucks at the car wash!

A few Summits later, working on about my 7th call (this one was a green plastic camo model on a Sceery cottontail frame), the frogs began responding. The dog noticed it first, and came out from where he had been hiding between the workbench and the snowblower. He stood next to the open door, watching carefully as the leopard frogs came hopping into the garage.

Success!! I hit a few more "ribbits" on the Sceery call, and screamed with excitement. The frogs were coming in steady now, and we had maybe 10 or 15 already hopping around the garage.

Mrs. J. opened the door yet again, said "some of us are trying to sleep" and gave me a real strange look. At least it looked strange to me, but it could have been the Summits.... "Get those %$#& frogs out of here, put my car in the garage, and keep the noise down!" she said.

I need to work on a marketing strategy now.

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laughlaughlaugh

Now if you could make one that says RRRRUUUUBBBBIIITTTTT, you could try it out on Mrs. J, and see if it perks her interest a little more... grin

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St Jackpine. Yeah that's the ticket, end up with your own day just like St Patrick did with the snakes.

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Jackpine, good job on the frog call. Toad tomorrow?

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DNR has been doing this for decades. It is volunteer work. They are looking for information leading to invasive species that eat other frogs, and yes of course water quality. I had to do it back in high school and submit my results to the MN DNR.

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