Night of the Amphibians

Last Saturday, after the Work Bee was over and the sun had begun its descent into the West, we had our make-up session of Night of the Amphibians.  It was a perfect night for the rescheduled program, for the air was mild, the frogs were singing, and it wasn’t raining.

Over 40 people turned out for the event.  After a quick orientation to learn which frogs we might encounter,

the group headed up to the pavilion to pick up nets and buckets.  Thus armed, we hit the trails.

Our destination was the Glacial Pond, a naturally formed pond out near our prairie.

Those who were most eager to get started just waded right in.  Others took time to put on waders.

The search was on!

Everyone caught at least one frog.

The most common was the spring peeper – tiny little frogs with very big voices.

While an ideal program for kids,

older folks also enjoyed the activity.

Some chose to sit on the sidelines after a while, while their kids splashed through the wetland safely in search of one more frog.

We were out for a couple hours, and as dusk settled around 9:15 and the woodcocks began their peenting calls, it was time to wrap up the program.  One green frog, two wood frogs and three spring peepers came back with us for school programs, but all the rest were released back into the pond.  The now nearly deafening peeps and croaks faded as we dripped and squished our way back to the pavilion to return nets and buckets.

Everyone went home content.


About Dahlem Center

The Dahlem Center is a non-profit nature center/environmental education center located on almost 300 acres just south of the city of Jackson, Michigan. The Center is one arm of the Dahlem Conservancy, which includes land conservancy and stewardship in its mission.
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