If I asked you to name local species how many could you name? 10? 25? 100? 200?
Over the course of this school year, I want to share 100 species that I think kids (and adults) in Mid-Michigan should be able to identify by sight.
The first species is the Wood Frog (Rana sylvatica). This species is commonly found in woodlands - often far away from water. Wood Frogs can be identified by their black "mask". They are the only species of Michigan frog with this feature. Their call sounds like a "quack" - ponds filled with breeding Wood Frogs sound like they are filled with dozens of invisible ducks.
|A Wood Frog in its typical habitat|
|Wood Frogs can vary in color, but all have the black "mask" under their eyes|
|Wood Frog bodies are covered with patterns that look like the edges of leaves|
|This Wood Frog shows very dark markings.|