A Short Spring Serenade (if You’re an Amphibian) from March 2014

With all the stressful news in Virginia and the world, including stressful water-related news, the Virginia Water Central News Grouper invites you to take a few moments to enjoy one of the aquatic, audio treasures of spring in Virginia: the breeding calls of frogs and toads.

The link below will open an 13-second recording of a Wood Frog chorus, along with some solitary Spring Peeper calls, from a wet area along the Huckleberry Bike Trail (a former railroad line) near Christiansburg, Virginia, on the morning of March 9, 2014.  Have a listen and take a short, spring-serenade break from whatever you have to do next.


For more information about frogs, toads, other amphibians, and reptiles in Virginia, visit the Web site of the Virginia Herpetological Society, at http://www.virginiaherpetologicalsociety.com/amphibians/frogsandtoads/frogs_and_toads_of_virginia.htm; or the Frog and Toad Calling Survey Web site of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, at http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/WILDLIFE/frogsurvey/.  If you’re interested in frog calls, you might also like to listen to Virginia Water Radio Episode 148 (week of 2-11-13), “A Frog Medley” (2 min./39 sec.)

FROGS - Wood frogs calling spot across RR from Huckelberry TR about mile 5 at 11 am Mar 9 2014

View of the wet area (across road) along Montgomery County, Va.’s Huckleberry Trail were Wood Frogs were calling around 11 a.m. on March 9, 2014.

Mar307 Site 2 ponds WF eggs2

What all that Wood Frog calling is about: males attracting females to produce eggs like these, photographed in a small Montgomery County, Virginia, pond on March 3, 2007.

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