I was surprised to see wildflowers blooming in the lower Arb yesterday (no idea what these are. Anyone?)
But I was even more surprised to hear the frogs. It’s still March! I assume these were Western Chorus frogs, judging from the audio on this MPCA page on frogs for kids. Here’s a 14-second video clip with audio:
Also, see this great article on the DNR’s website: Sense of Place: Attuned to Frogs – A wetlands researcher steps into the muck and finally hears the frogs.
And sign up for the DNR’s 2010 Minnesota Frog & Toad Calling Survey (MFTCS).
I think it’s scilla:
If anyone sees Scylla in the arb, watch out …
These are scillas, which altho they are usually first up, came a good 3 weeks early this year, following warm weather and a covering of river water that fooled them at the arb entrance.
Oops! Thanks Paul and Patricia.
Thanks for the frog publicity, Griff! That reminds me of my favorite news story about frogs from the Star Tribune (March 2). Herbicide turns male frogs into females. Atrazine is used in 75 per cent of U.S. cornfields, and has been found in rivers and streams. I suggest the male sex should stay out of Iowa cornfields. Also, don’t drink the water there.
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