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Croaking Monsoon -2019: A Citizen Science approach to explore ponds and frogs of Kathmandu Valley

Goal: The goal of the 'Croaking Monsoon- 2019' is to use citizen science approach to explore ponds and frogs of Kathmandu Valley.

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A synopsis report based on field survey carried out in August and September, 2018. Nine Species of frogs were recorded during the survey.
Urbanization and linear infrastructure are reported to influence amphibian assemblages and populations. In areas undergoing rapid infrastructure development and urbanization, the mounting threats to biodiversity are evident. Although protected area coverage and focus on charismatic species conservation are well recognized, non-charismatic species such as amphibians are far from mainstream conservation actions and policies in Nepal. Studies on pattern and distribution of amphibians are limited, as are the roles of environmental variables in amphibian diversity in the urban landscape. This study was designed to assess the frog species richness and correlates of amphibian occurrence in Kathmandu valley. Visual encounter survey of 161 belt transects was carried out in August 2018. Data analysis used two part or Hurdle regression methods where the richness of frogs was considered a response variable. A total of 10 frog species belonging to six families were recorded. The occurrence of frogs was negatively associated with the dry soil conditions and positively associated with increased distance from roads. Occurrence of frogs along road distance gradient depicts the influence of urban infrastructure in amphibian distribution. This entails consideration of systematic conservation planning for rapidly urbanizing areas.
Chandramani Aryal
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News related to Croaking Monsoon-2019 have been covered by some of the national media. The news was first covered by Kantipur (online version). Later the initiative was covered by print media as well. The news was published with the title "Search for Frogs in valley" "(उपत्यकामा भ्यागुताको खोजी)" on 19th August 2019 (Page 13). The link for the news is provided below:
The news was later covered by other media as well with same heading. Attached below is the link to the news covered by Nepal aja and Janata Pati
Link to Nepal Aaja online: https://nepalaaja.com/2019/8/201981944748 \
 
Chandramani Aryal
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A link to submit the details of form was opened from social media. And we have received tremendous response from the concerned stakeholders. We have received submission covering all parts of valley. Figure attached is the heat map of the responses received till date.
 
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As a part of 'Croaking Monsoon -2019' initiative one day workshop on Citizen Science approach to research and conservation of frog was organized at August 9, 2018 (Friday). This was the second and final workshop prior to the field survey. We will be gathering information about the distribution of frogs using the participants of the workshop. Second day workshop was attended by 40 participants representing different universities and organizations of Nepal. The schedule and the resources persons were similar to first workshop.
 
Chandramani Aryal
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One day workshop on Citizen Science approach to research and conservation of frog was organized at August 8, 2018 (Thursday). The workshop was organized as a part of 'Croaking Monsoon -2019' initiatives. In the workshop, Chandramani Aryal (ENPROSC/CARON) discussed on the issues of field herepetology, Prakash Chandra Aryal covered the issue of amphibians of Kathmandu valley, Sanjivini Yonzon (WCN) discussed on citizen science approach, Bishal Sharma and Sandesh Neupane (representative of ENPROSC and CARON) discussed on use of smartphones in research and conservation. The workshop was moderated by Subash Kharel (WCN/CARON). Finally, @Dinesh Neupane discussed about field ethics and protocols. Altogether 42 participants including students of different institutions of Nepal participated in the workshop. The workshop was jointly organized by Environment Protection and Study Center (ENPROSC), Companions for Amphibians and Reptiles of Nepal (CARON), GoldenGate International College (GGIC) and Wildlife Conservation Nepal (WCN).
 
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The goal of the 'Croaking Monsoon- 2019' is to use citizen science approach to explore ponds and frogs of Kathmandu Valley.