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By Adam Frederick – Maryland Sea Grant – On the Bay – April 29, 2016 – Video
Spring in the northeastern United States brings many pleasures for those of us who enjoy warmer temperatures and longer daylight hours. For naturalists, herpetologists, and nature lovers, this is a peak time of year for refreshing rainfall, the sights and fragrance of early blooms, and trips to springtime pools. Also called “vernal” pools, these temporary bodies of water are formed by snowmelt and rain in forests, along roadsides, and near coastal areas. Some people look at these pools and see only large puddles. Yet, the well informed know that nighttime visits to them yield a veritable hotspot of life. These pools—or wicked big puddles as our northern friends term them — provide opportunities to witness events that only happen for a few days to weeks, depending upon the weather. The emergence of spring peepers and wood frogs after the snowmelt are two of the most common, and very audible, harbingers of the annual “race to mate.” For full blog post and to view video, click here.

 

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