• What’s that springtime sound?

    Question

    What are night sounds near Auburn Marsh? It began a week or two ago and it starts at dusk and goes on until the morning. Are these birds, crickets, or something else?

    Naturalist's Response

    I’m pretty sure the sounds you are hearing in the marsh are the voices of the Spring Peepers. These diminutive amphibians make piercing peep-calls – so much so that the resulting sound from lots of them can make your ears hurt! This is the rite of spring for frogs and salamanders, and the males are singing (or dancing, if you’re a salamander) to attract the ladies. Click here for a link to the Spring Peeper song, and I hope you enjoy the spring amphibian concert!

    -Naturalist Linda Gilbert

    P.S. Here are a couple pictures of a Spring Peeper.