Louisiana Amphibian Monitoring Program (LAMP)


First established in 1996, The Louisiana Amphibian Monitoring Program or LAMP is a mostly volunteer effort coordinated in part by LDWF to begin accumulating data on Louisiana's amphibians (frogs, toads and salamanders). The first part of this effort has been to establish calling frog surveys.

Training and References
Tapes are available for training new volunteers, or to refresh anyone who wishes it. The tapes illustrate the species expected to be in Louisiana. Examples of how to apply the "1,2,3" categories of abundance are also given. A self-test section is included at the end of each tape.

References could be useful to someone doing these surveys. Two outstanding references would be:

Conant, R. and J.T. Collins. 1991. Reptiles and Amphibians of eastern and central North America. Third Edition. Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, Massachusetts. (Other guides to consider would be The Golden Guide to Reptiles & Amphibians and the Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Reptiles & Amphibians)

Dundee, H and D. Rossman. 1998. Amphibians and Reptiles of Louisiana. Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Froglog For ongoing information regarding the global effort to investigate amphibian decline, the quarterly newsletter of the DAPTF is called Froglog and subscriptions are available free from John W. Wilkinson, Editor Department of Biology, The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA, United Kingdom. E-mail: DAPTF@open.ac.uk