Wednesday, April 02, 2008
Night of the Peepers
Before playing this video, be sure to crank up the volume on your computer. If you ears are hurting, that is how loud it really is when you're standing at the edge of a vernal pool, only feet away from hundreds of these little male frogs.
I love peepers. Spring peepers, that is. What I find amazing is that they congregate in huge numbers, but then are fairly well obscure the rest of the year, even though there are just as many of them out and about, they just don't all get together and scream for females like they were doing this night. Wow...that was a long sentence.
I'm getting super excited about spring. The salamander and peeper thing does it for me every year, and I'm so glad that we were able to get out. It is too bad that amphibians no longer congregate on the floodplain of the Olentangy at our house- We had to drive about twenty minutes to the outskirts of suburban Columbus to see these creatures.
Today, the ramps are up, and so are the trout lily leaves down by the river. An amazing site. And I checked on the lesser celandine flowers, they are ready to pop open, and probably will tomorrow with more sun. I'll have plenty of pictures of this invasive species, and all the native wildlflowers that grow in Kenney Park, in the next week to two weeks, so stay tuned. I always view this season as a race. Things change so quickly, at least in the botanical world, until about early July, when there is a slight reprieve. So lets all get on this roller coaster that is spring, I hope you enjoy the ride!
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