FrogWatch USA invites Americans to celebrate “FrogWatch 2008: Record the Ribbit” Saturday, May 3rd. FrogWatch USA and FrogWatch Canada are volunteer citizen programs monitoring frogs and toads. They are intended to increase awareness of amphibian decline and to gather information needed by scientists who are trying to determine causes of the decline and develop practical ways to stop it.
Although the programs are called FrogWatch, they cover both frogs and toads. In the Dewey biology schedule, 597.86-597.89 Anura (Salentia) has the note, “Class here frogs and toads” and “Class comprehensive works in 597.8.” At 597.8 Amphibians is the note “Class here Anura (Salentia)”; because of that note, comprehensive works on frogs and toads approximate the whole of 597.8 Amphibians. The work Frogs and Toads is classed in 597.8 Amphibians, and the work Frogs and Toads of Big Bend National Park is classed in 597.809764932 Amphibians of Brewster County, Texas (built with 597.8 plus T1—09 Geographic treatment plus T2—764932 Brewster County, which has the note “Including Big Bend National Park,” following instructions at T1—093-099 Treatment by specific continents, countries, localities; extraterrestrial worlds).
Programs to monitor amphibian populations with an eye toward conserving biological resources are classed in 333.957811 Supply (Quantity) of amphibians (built with 333.957 Reptiles and amphibians plus 8 from 597.8 Amphibians plus 11 Reserves from the add table under 333.7-333.9 Natural resources and energy, following instructions at 333.7-333.9 and at 333.9578-333.9579 Amphibians, specific reptiles).
The LCSH “Amphibian declines” has been mapped to 333.957811 Supply (Quantity) of amphibians (described above) and to 597.81788 Amphibians—population biology (built with 597.8 Amphibians plus 1 General topics of natural history of animals from add table under 592-599 Specific taxonomic groups of animals, following instructions at 592-599, plus 7 from 591.7 Animal ecology, animals characteristic of specific environments, following instructions at 1 General topics of natural history of animals in add table under 592-599, plus 88 from 577.88 Population biology, following instructions at 591.71-591.78 Specific topics in animal ecology; specific environments). The Manual entry 333.7-333.9 vs. 363.1, 363.73, 577 Social aspects of ecology offers guidance in choosing between numbers that emphasize public programs with an eye toward conserving biological resources (like 333.957811 Supply of amphibians) and numbers that are limited strictly to biology (like 597.81788 Amphibians—population biology).