There have been drastic declines in amphibians, particularly frogs, throughout the world. Along the east coast of Australia, nine species of frog have totally disappeared in the past two decades. In a few cases, the decline can be linked to human activities, but in the majority of cases, no apparent cause has been found. Join us in exploring the World Heritage Gondwana Rainforest Reserves under the stars to test some of the theories experts have on population collapse.

On this project you will help monitor the health several species of frogs that are considered critically endangered and keep a watch on others that may be at risk for sudden declines. Participants will locate, capture, measure and weigh frogs throughout wetlands and creeks, and collect skin swab before releasing the animals back into the forest. The data collected will be used to test two theories explaining frog declines, one related to climate change and the other to the impact of a particular fungus known as Chytrid. The goal is to unravel the mystery behind the decline of the forest frog communities. This critical information will help land managers to seek solutions to amphibian declines and protect and restore key frog habitat.

PLEASE NOTE: This is a self-drive weekend. You must drive your own vehicle or hire car to the rendezvous point in Olney State Forest. Children 10 and over are welcome on this expedition. Please call our office to book children (03) 9016 7590.

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Olney State Forest, NSW


$595, includes all accommodation, meals, transfers, insurance and research activities


3 days


18-20 October 2019

8-10 November 2019

29 November – 1 December 2019

Activity Level


Lead Scientist

Professor Michael Mahony, University of Newcastle