Search for the Singing Frogs—Spring Peepers: A Nighttime Montauk Exploration
Walk Leader: Xylia Serafy, 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 of 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 to find 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 boisterous, these tiny frogs are rarely seen. Join Xylia at dusk for a search through Big Reed Pond to locate these elusive chorus frogs. Please note, there is a Suffolk County Parks fee of $4 for all participants.
Advance reservations are required. Programs free for SoFo members. Non-members: $15/ adult, $10/child 3-12 years, 2 and under free. Fees include free admission to the museum on the day of the event.
Please call 631-537-9735 for reservations and info about meeting place.
Photo credit: Xylia Serafy