We were walking in the woods last week when we heard them, spring peepers and wood frogs. It’s one of the most beautiful sounds on earth. When the peepers and wood frogs emerge and sing their mating calls, a person can’t help but feel the hope and renewal of spring.
As we were walking my son said, “There should be two first days of spring. The equinox and the day the peepers come out.”
It doesn’t look like much. The trees are still bare. Only the earliest plants are pushing their way up through the soil. BUT the air is warming up.
Many of the local park services are hosting night hike visits to vernal pools. During night hours the spring peepers can be absolutely deafening. It’s amazing to me that a creature barely larger than my thumbnail can emit such piercing call. For just a few days the yellow spotted salamanders come above ground to mate in the pools before heading back to their holes for another year.
We found this super cool fossil next to a creek the other day. The shell filled with mud and sand that solidified. It’s amazing the things we find and the deep learning that takes place when we have time to just explore.