So just who are these wild and crazy revelers? Let's meet a few!
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These tiny frogs (only about 1.5 inches long) are some of the first sounds of spring. When the weather warms above freezing, generally in mid-March in southern New England, these small but loud noisemakers join the spring party.
Rarely seen, but often heard, these are fascinating creatures who have some amazing adaptations to survive. Click on the video to learn more!
Did you know that some people find the sound of spring peepers so relaxing that they play the sound at night to fall asleep!
Red Wing Blackbirds
These returning birds bring their bright colors and loud voices to the spring party in New England. If you are fortunate to have open fields or wetlands near your home, it's likely you hear these vocal visitors starting as early as late February.
This video from the Cornell Ornithology Lab can help you learn more about these fun summer residents.
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As you walk around in the spring, you may be startled to hear what sounds like a pond full of ducks! Surprisingly, the sound you hear is more likely to be made by wood frogs who are looking to attract a mate.
Not as small as spring peepers, these loud frogs will breed and lay their eggs early in the spring in vernal pools and shallow ponds to begin another cycle of life. After breeding, they head back into the woods where you may see them among the leaves in marshy or low-lying areas.
Spring is a great time to get outside and discover some of the sounds that our resident 'party animals' make when the weather warms up. It's nice to hear them celebrating as much as we do!
Want to learn more about the native animals that can be found in our area? Join us for our April Family Science Outing on April 20th from 5:30-7:00 pm to learn more about vernal pools and the creatures that live there!