Sounds of Spring on North's Campus

John Figge, geology faculty member at North Seattle College, notes the newest sign of spring on campus—the Pacific Chorus Frogs:

"With considerable pleasure, I can report that the Pacific Chorus Frogs have started singing on the north end of the campus. Our traditional harbinger of spring, their song marks the lengthening day and the warming temperatures. It is our annual reminder that spring is just around the corner.

"The Pacific Tree (Chorus) Frogs (Pseudacris regilla) are woodland creatures, and reside in the woods and gardens on campus for most of the year. When spring approaches, the males make their way to the vernal pond on the north end of campus, and sing at sunset to attract the females. The adult frogs are up to 2 inches (5cm) in length, and are typically green to brown in color. They enjoy the distinction of being the official Washington State Amphibian.
 
"While they are just starting out now, the volume will increase over the coming weeks until it completely fills the evening air. The best time to hear them is on warm clear nights, just after sunset. The Vernal Pond is about 200 feet (65m) north of 100th Street (the north entrance to the campus). From the end of that road (at the gate), a grass-covered walkway leads north to the parklands around the pond."

Figge adds, "With a nod to Pete Lortz, vice president of Instruction at South Seattle College, who watched over these critters for years."

Posted on: February 27th, 2017 at 11:26:43

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