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So Much More Than Ribbit: Frog Calls of Maryland

  • 21 Jan 2021
  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Online via Zoom
  • 11


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:
  • NHSM believes that financial insecurity during a pandemic should not be an obstacle to engagement and education.
  • Must be a member of the NHSM Herp Club in good standing.

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The vocal range of frogs is quite remarkable. Some chirp. Others can whistle, croak, ribbit, peep, cluck, bark and grunt.

Jessica Nelson, the Assistant Curator in the Australia: Wild Extremes and Upland Tropical Rainforest exhibits at the National Aquarium, will cover general amphibian biology and then jump into how and why frogs call, the different types of calls, and talk about all of the species that people in the greater Baltimore area are likely to hear. For those interested in taking their frog-call training to the next level, this 2-hour session can serve as the first step towards becoming a certified FrogWatch volunteer with the Greater Baltimore Chapter of FrogWatch USA. People who are interested in starting formal training for FrogWatch can email me at More information about FrogWatch can be found at

Jessica Nelson has been working at the National Aquarium since 2005 and was a Senior Herpetologist in the Upland Tropical Rainforest Exhibit for 10 years before moving into a curatorial position for both the Upland Tropical Rainforest and Australia: Wild Extremes Exhibits. She also has a background in entomological field research and obtained her Master’s degree from the University of Maryland in 2008. Jessica is a coordinator for the Greater Baltimore FrogWatch Chapter and is actively looking for new volunteers for this long-running citizen science project.

The Natural History Society of Maryland is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation and contributions are tax-deductible.

The mission of the Natural History Society of Maryland is to foster stewardship of Maryland’s natural heritage by conserving its natural history collections, educating its citizenry, and inspiring its youth to pursue careers in the natural sciences.

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