– A Citizen Science Approach to Explore Ponds and frogs of Kathmandu Valley.
We largely know nothing about the state of ponds and associated biota of Kathmandu Valley. Amphibians especially frogs are disappearing. There are threats to the frogs. In regards to this WCN in collaboration with
Companions for Amphibians and Reptiles of Nepal(CARON), Environment Protection and Study Center (ENPROSC) and Golden Gate International College (GGIC) organized a two day training entitled “Croaking Monsoon 2019” on August 8 and 9, 2019 at WCN office, Dhapasi Height. Nature enthusiasts, Graduate and Post Graduate Students of different backgrounds (Forestry, Environment and Management) from various colleges from all over Nepal participated. The training focussed on Herpetology and Frog, Taxonomy of Frog species, Citizen Science and Approaches to Biodiversity and Conservation, Field safety and precautions, Ethics, do’s and don’ts and Use of Smartphone for research were taught during the training. Each participant has been assigned a task. The main speakers for the training were Mr. Chandra Mani Aryal, Dr. Dinesh Neupane, Mr. Prakash C Aryal , Ms. Sanjeevani Y Shrestha, Mr. Sandesh Neupane and Mr. Bishal Sharma.
WCN has been gathering data for the past few years together with CARON on the status of Frogs of Kathmandu Valley. The training’s outcome will support WCN and CARON in updating the status of Frogs of Kathmandu Valley for the year 2019.