National Arboretum Canberra FrogWatch


The research project to collect records of frogs present on the National Arboretum Canberra site focuses on monitoring frog biodiversity in four wetlands at the National Arboretum as part of the larger ACT and NSW FrogWatch program.

The project examines long term changes in the frog biota of the Arboretum and its responses to both climate change on a large scale, and habitat changes at the local landscape scale as the site transitions from a closed conifer forest, to an open grassland-herbland-shrubland, and progressively through woodland to open and then closed forests.

These changes can be reasonably expected to affect the bird fauna, but what impact they will have on the frog fauna seems less well known.

Chief investigator

Dr Roger Hnatiuk, Member of the Friends of the National Arboretum Canberra and FrogWatch ACT volunteer.

Other investigators

Citizen science volunteers who are members of the Friends of the National Arboretum.

Research aims

The aims of the project are:


Time frame

On going for as long as volunteers are available. The open-ended nature is deliberate in order to acquire long term data in order to track the medium and long term changes relative to the changing environment around the sites.

Records were started at the following times: