Last week Wednesday night was an adventuresome expedition for me. I went with bunch of friends for frogging different species in the vernal pond. That was my first experience ever and was a part of an class assignment in the Field Ecology. It was 9 pm and no other sounds besides frogs’ could be heard nearby the pond. Our professor had expected some four-five species of frogs to be seen around there. The humidity level seemed okay, because most of the frogs do not make any advertisement call or mating call if the weather is below 40 degree F. We formed a team of five in each team. We lit our lantern, grabbed nets and bucket and hit the spot.
I seemed one of the musketeers with net, I guess. The closer we went to the pond, the louder and high-pitched the noise was that echoed into our tyampanic membrane. The professor told us to hear the sound in two different ways: (1) putting hands at the back of the ears and turn to the side where the noise is coming from and (2) listen without putting hands at the back of the ears. The varying result was unbelievable – it was louder and deeper!!! GIVE IT A TRY.
Out team was very fast in frogging, since three of our team members were mature than other students. Especially, we had an experienced “fisherman” in the team. He proved to be an effective frog hunter that night. We got one Eastern box turtle and three Northern water snakes. But the most fascinating part of the frogging night was that we did not only catch frogs but snakes also – The water snake was swallowing a bullfrog in the bush.
We were able to collect five different species of frogs: (i) Spring Peeper which has large X mark on its back (the only Christian frog???) (ii) Gray Treefrg (iii) Wood Frog (iv)Green Frog and (v) Bullfrog.