Citizen science

Hello! This page provides training information for a citizen science program focused on monitoring amphibians and amphibian diseases in South Dakota. Please follow along and begin submitting observations on your preferred citizen science application (HerpMapper or iNaturalist). If you have any questions or would like to discuss this project further, please follow the contact information at the bottom of this page. Thank you! ~Danielle

Amphibian identification:

What am I looking for?

Observations of any and all amphibians! Take a photo of the amphibians you see while at the lake, camping, or any time you come across one. Post the photo(s) on either HerpMapper or iNaturalist for identification.

Report dead amphibians when you find them, including location information (automatically included in the photo when you have location services on)


Avoid handling the amphibians whenever possible! This will reduce the possibility of disease spread and can avoid accidentally harming the individual.

Remember to drink water, wear sunscreen, and protect yourself from insects while in the field.

How does this help further research?

Your observations can help me to identify individuals which may be diseased without having to travel across the state all summer. With your help, I can increase my success rate for detecting and characterizing amphibian diseases here in South Dakota.

What are amphibian diseases and why are they being monitored?

Amphibian diseases are caused by various pathogens. The pathogens of interest for this project are Ranavirus and Chytrid (Bd/Bsal). These pathogens are known to kill amphibians and are often listed as one of the many causes for amphibian declines all across the globe.

This project will monitor amphibian diseases here in South Dakota so that we can better understand the threats facing our own native amphibians. Bd and Ranavirus have been detected in South Dakota amphibian populations previously. Bsal is a novel pathogen, related to Bd, which has not yet been detected in the United States, however this pathogen is known to be highly virulent and therefore poses a threat to native species.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Coming soon!

Contact information: Danielle Galvin:

HerpMapper download links: apple or android

iNaturalist download links: apple or android