Monday, April 30, 2012
Frogs and Wetlands
These tiny wetlands are very important to the ecology of this area. They hold and slowly release a fairly large quantity of water. They also provide home for a large variety of wildlife, including the noisy little frogs.
The most common of those frogs are Boreal Chorus Frogs - they're often called "Prairie Peepers" and they appear every spring after the water warms up a bit and releases them from the mud at the bottom of the pond. They only have a few short weeks to define a territory, find a mate and reproduce before the pond dries up and they're forced to retreat back into the mud. That's what all the noise is about.
I enjoy hearing the frog songs every spring from a small pond behind our home. I know that those little critters are going to be eating mosquitoes and other bugs. I also know that they and their tadpole offspring will provide food for other wetland critters so valuable to the prairie landscape.
They should quiet down in a little while as they continue through their cycle, so my advice is to enjoy the little songsters when you can!