If you've been watching the news or (looking out the
window here), you may have noticed that Florida has been getting soaked by a stalled front that became a slow low pressure system.
Here at Pure Florida Headquarters (PFHQ), the result of all this is a greatly rejuvenated pond and near constant frog song.
In fact, our pond has gone from almost dry to ... um, about half full in the past 2 weeks.
I'm not the only one who's happy about it.
|The local amphibians are really, really |
At night, the tree frogs, especially the green tree frogs have been calling loud and proud. Night is usually a mixed bag of species calling, but the greens have been the dominant nocturnal singer.
The trails in the pond duckweed above belong to another amphibian, one who suddenly appeared in the middle of an incredibly rainy day.
It was their singing that brought me down from my dry house to crouch in the tall grass along the rainy shore of my pond.
You see, NPR and Cornell University have put out a call for recordings of critters in our neighborhoods and I wanted to play... I'm a big fan of citizen science.
Get involved people!
The deal is, you record some critter noise and send in your recording to:
with the subject line:
Get the details at NPR.
Then the wizards at Cornell will try to identify your critters.
I wanted to send an audio file of the racket my pondphibians were making, so I grabbed the cell phone and headed down to the pond.