Bruce Doran - Staff Scientist
| Wetlands Lab
Spring is upon us and our landscape will soon be filled with the songs of various animals. One of the sounds that people enjoy listening to, especially during the evening, is the call of frogs and toads. These fascinating creatures will spend entire nights for weeks on end singing to attract a mate. Only the males sing, leaving the females to choose a mate based on his ability to sing, the intensity or frequency of his calls, and where he is located. Of course, females will only mate with males of their own species. To accomplish this (and help minimize any confusion amongst species), each species has its own specific time during the season when it sings its unique call. By learning to recognize these different calls, we can discover which frogs and toads are present in our local wetlands. Watch the video to listen to various frog and toad songs and learn some of the tricks to recognize and remember them.
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