By Derek Stoner, Conservation Project Coordinator
At 6:51pm this evening, I watched a male Wood Frog springing across Barley Mill Road, headed straight towards the Ashland marsh.
There’s been no shortage of debate and prognostication about the imminent emergence of the Wood Frogs, and Jim White declared earlier this week that the first Wood Frogs of the year would appear here Thursday night. Bingo! With an evening temperature of 56 degrees and rain on the way, the conditions are signaling the frogs to head to the wetlands to breed.
In recent days, Southern Leopard Frogs and Chorus Frogs were heard calling at various Coastal Plain locations. Up here in the Piedmont, we regard the Wood Frog as the true herp harbinger of spring. Now the Spring Peepers can’t be far behind!
The next week should be fantastic for frog-watching. Stay tuned for more reports from the frog-field.