Perth man named Australia’s best frog caller

Bardon Park Friends Group coordinator David Dyke. Picture: Kristie Lim
Bardon Park Friends Group coordinator David Dyke. Picture: Kristie Lim

MAYLANDS resident David Dyke has been named Australia’s top citizen scientist for recording the most frog calls on an app.

The Bardon Park Friends Group coordinator has recorded more than 2560 calls in 19 months on the Australian Museum’s FrogID app.

The app is part of a research program which aims to identify different frog species along with the time and location data using GPS technology.

Data is gathered to find areas and species under threat.

My Dyke frequently walked through Bardon Park, Gobba Lake, Banks Reserve in Mt Lawley, Nora Hughes Lake and Lightning Swamp to find frogs.

Bardon Park Friends Group coordinator David Dyke. Picture: Kristie Lim

He said he liked to dedicate himself to recording frog calls in the City of Bayswater.

“There are not any rare ones (frogs) here,” he said.

“The common ones are the motorbike frog, rattling frog, quacking frog, banjo frog and the slender tree frog.

“Only for about three months of the year near Berringa (Park), there is the moaning frog.

“Frogs indicate how healthy the environment is so if I can hear lots of frogs, obviously we are doing the right thing.”

He said there were many benefits of having frogs in the environment.

“They eat mosquito larvae, not only are they eating a lot of things in the environment but they are also a food source for a lot of the native birds,” he said.

He said he would keep on adding to his frog call tally.

For information, visit www.frogid.net.au

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