Night of the Amphibians

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…

DSC_0292…we gathered nets and collection containers and walked out to the glacial pond.

DSC_0296Our 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. DSC_0306 DSC_0314 DSC_0337Eventually, 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.

DSC_0348One adventurer caught a very cold painted turtle.  We soon put him back in the water where he could sleep until things warmed up a bit more.

DSC_0341Frogs were everywhere by now and soon containers were full.

DSC_0354On the second night we had close to 40 visitors join us.  The sun was out this evening and the frogs turned out to be plentiful all over.

DSC_0434 DSC_0439Spring peepers are one of our smallest frogs.  They can be very difficult to spot because they blend in so well, but once you catch one, you can easily identify it by the X on its back.

DSC_0451 DSC_0463Watch 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.


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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