Late Winter Joy – Frog Mating Time!

Maybe I’m a bit odd, but I find the sound of frog calls truly joyful!

Folks have asked about the timing, thinking these frogs are singing very early. However, many frog species do their mating in late winter and early spring, so this year’s frogs don’t seem to be particularly early.

This year, it seems that the Wood Frogs are the early ones out. We (my daughter went hiking with me) found hundreds in the spring ponds off the C&O Canal. Here is a picture of wood frogs mating (the female is the larger one on the bottom) and an audio clip of their calls.

Mating_Wood_FrogsWood Frogs Sing

I hope this inspires you to keep your eyes open for our amphibian friends!

 

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