Click to hear many chorus frogs and a few spring peepers
I am happy to say that I am an official frog monitor, volunteering for the Chicago Wilderness Habitat Project; sponsored by Chicago Wilderness, Audubon, and the Cook County Forest Preserves. This means that I choose a location and document the frogs present by recording species according to their mating calls in the evening.
Because frogs are sensitive to the environment and are the first indicators that something might be askew. Scientists do not exactly know why some species are dwindling or disappearing. They need the help of citizen scientists to asses what kinds of frogs are in what locations…
…and because it’s just a whole ton of fun!
I am fortunate to have a wonderful froggie partner, a childhood friend whom I use to explore nature with at a very young age and who taught me how to eat clover (tastes like apples) and grass root! (Don’t try this at home)
We are kids again when we monitor frogs.
Anyway, western chorus frogs are the first to appear in abundance in the spring, followed by spring peepers. They are tiny little guys, but you never really see them when you monitor, that is why you have to learn their calls.
I hope you enjoy the calls from the chorus and peeper frogs!