Not a good photo, I realize. But, I wanted to share it because of what is going on with these frogs. In the town where I live, a large, paved parking lot was built a few years ago over the spring migration route of these frogs. So, every spring (usually on the first warmish, rainy nights of spring), these frogs wake up and start to migrate towards the woodland pools. But, they have to cross the massive and busy parking lot in order to get to the pools. It's not uncommon to see dozens of these frogs squished in the parking lot. Each year, there are fewer frogs.
This spring, I started taking my kids out late at night to help rescue these frogs and deliver them to the edge of the woods and the pools. This photo shows one of the lucky frogs that we rescued. We average around 15 frogs per night, which is probably less than 25% of what there was a few years ago.
The spring peeper is a small chorus frog widespread throughout the eastern United States and Canada. They are so called because of their chirping call that marks the beginning of spring. There are two subspecies:
* The northern, ''P. c. crucifer'', found all over the eastern United States and eastern Canada.
* The southern, ''P. c. bartramiana''. The southern is distinguished by a strong dark marking on its belly. ''P. c. bartramiana'' is found along the southern Gulf Coast from southeastern.. more