Program Leader: Paul King III, South Fork Natural History Museum (SOFO) Environmental Educator
Signs of spring are finally here! On a warm spring night, you can hear the unique sound of a Spring Peeper chorus. Spring Peepers (Pseudacris crucifer), one Long Island’s tree frogs, produce some of the earliest sounds of spring and for many are a sign that winter’s everlasting chill has finally come to an end. The loud, sleigh-bell chorus that we hear is how the males search for a mate. The breeding period lasts from March to June, when 800-1000 eggs per female are laid in marshes, vernal pools, and other shallow wetlands. Although very loud, these tiny frogs are rarely seen. Join Paul at dusk for a search through the wetlands in Vineyard Field behind the museum to locate this elusive chorus of frogs.
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