On mild spring evenings, if you are anywhere near water, you will hear them calling: the love songs of spring peepers, chorus frogs and wood frogs. The males gather in any nearby water and sing for all they are worth to attract the attention of the females who are lingering nearby.
It’s a great time to spend quality together time outdoors with the family. And every spring we offer this opportunity to our visitors as we take them out for Night of the Amphibians.
This year we ran the program two nights: April 24 and 25.
The first night it was a little chilly and overcast. About 16 hardy souls came out and after a quick introduction indoors on what different calls we might hear…
Our first attempts were not too successful. The chilly air was conspiring against us. Even so, the kids sallied forth and gave it their best attempts at searching for frogs. Eventually, as the sun set, we started to hear the peep-peep-peeps of the spring peepers on the far side of the pond. The group waded around the edge and soon had cast aside their nets in favor of grabbing frogs with their bare hands.
Watch this great video we shot of a little girl catching her very first frog: Girl Catches First Frog
No one knows how to have a good time like we do at Dahlem! Come visit us.