Tennessee Amphibian Monitoring Program (TAMP) FAQs

Where are the TAMP routes located?

Forty-eight TAMP routes were randomly assigned across Tennessee by the North American Amphibian Monitoring Program. The map below shows the approximate location of the start points for each of the routes.

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What is involved in running a TAMP route?

To volunteer for a TAMP route, you must first complete a 1/2 day workshop that is designed to familiarize each volunteer with the methodology used in the TAMP program. If listening stations have not yet been established on your route, you will learn how to establish the stations at the TAMP workshop. Then, four times per year, you will run the route and send in your completed data form.

TAMP routes are not for everyone. Since you cannot start running the route until 30 minutes after sunset, during the summer months you will be out fairly late at night. Often routes are not conveniently located, so you may spend an hour or more driving to and from the route start point. Often, the weather conditions that are favorable for running a TAMP route (after a warm front that brings rain) are unfavorable for driving. It takes a dedicated naturalist to run these routes and complete the necessary data forms. But the rewards are contributing real scientific data to our knowledge base about Tennessee's frogs and toads. If you record a species that is a new county record, you name will forever accompany that record in the Atlas of Amphibians in Tennessee that is kept by Austin Peay State University.

I have a pond in my backyard that I would like to monitor. Can this be a part of TAMP?

Due to the high number of wetland sites owned by individuals across the state, TAMP cannot accept information from individually owned sites. TAMP does accept data from sites owned by institutions like the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and large metro parks. The best program for a private wetland owner to contribute data to is the Frogwatch Program, which is administered by the USGS. For information about Frogwatch, click here.

Can I design my own TAMP route?

Unfortunately, the TAMP routes were chosen randomly across the state to insure data would be statistically valid from one state to another. So only the routes shown above are now available.

What happens to my data after I send it in?

All data is entered into both the North American Amphibian Monitoring Program (NAAMP) database and the TAMP database. If you send in a recording of a species that is a new county record, your recording will be forwarded to Austin Peay Sate University to be included in their Atlas of Amphibians in Tennessee. If approved, your record d will be given a catalog number and archived, allowing future publication if desired.

Who do I contact to get more information about running a TAMP route?

Contact TAMP State Coordinator Bob English, 6228 Les Waggoner Rd, Franklin, TN 37067.
Telephone: 615-

Where do I send my completed data forms after I run my route?

Again, the address Bob English, 6228 Les Waggoner Rd, Franklin, TN 37067

What are the minimum temperatures for each run?

For runs 1 and 2, the minimum temperature is 42 degrees Fahrenheit. For run 3, the minimum temperature is 50 degrees Fahrenheit and for run 4 the minimum temperature is 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

How often are the routes run?

All routes are run 4 times per year, one time during each "sampling window". The sampling windows are:

Run 1 - January 10th - February 20th
Run 2 - March 10th - April 15th
Run 3 - May 10th - June 15th
Run 4 - July 1st - August 9th

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