Vernal Pool Exploration
Frog Fridays start when the wood frogs thaw. It is amazing! Some creatures like spring peepers and wood frogs actually freeze in the winter. Over 50% of their body freezes...they stop breathing, their heart stops beating, and brain functions cease for days or even months. They become frozen frogs.
Click here for a cool video about wood frogs!
This Nova scienceNow video explains how the wood frog is able to survive freezing. Seeing a frog thaw is pretty cool! Once thawed the male wood frogs return to the vernal pool they originated in and make a sound like quacking ducks to call the females to the vernal pools.
Join us for the last Frog Friday on May 20th at 4 PM at Highlawn Forest at CT Forest & Park Association,Rockfall/Middletown on Rt. 66.
People of all ages (0-100) are invited to join us this spring as we observe the amazing transformations that occur in vernal pools. Over several outings we will see frogs (hopefully "quacking" loudly and looking for a mate), frog and salamander eggs, tadpoles, salamander and insect larvae, etc. Registration is required.