Analysis of Frog Calling Patterns in and adjacent to the Lumber River

UNCP Author/Contributor (non-UNCP co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Lindsey C. Ebaugh (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP )
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Andrew N. Ash

Abstract: In this study, I surveyed five sites for frog calls from March 16th - April 14th. I surveyed five sites located in western Robeson County, North Carolina. The purpose of my study was to determine the frog species calling at each of the five sites, patterns of call intensity for each species, and to relate these patterns to environmental parameters such as weather, disturbance and habitat type. Amphibians are sensitive to their environment, and because of this, I found that the sites with the least human disturbance exhibited higher frog species abundance while the sites with more human disturbance exhibited lower frog species abundance. Three possible factors explain my results. A change in weather during the survey likely affected the patterns seen in frog calling at each site. Also, the time of year affected what species were calling at each site based on the calling preference of individual species. Lastly, variation in habitat and disturbance at sites helped explain my results. Further research should be conducted in order to look at the full yearly pattern of frog calling in the area, and to determine if frog populations are increasing, decreasing, or remaining the same.

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Honors Project
Esther G. Maynor Honors College
Language: English
Date: 2015
Robeson County, Lumber River, Frog Calling Patterns, Frog Calling Intensity, Frog Populations, Frog Species, Amphibians, Human Disturbance, CASP Survey

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