Help the State By Hearing Frogs and Toads

March 3, 2015 4:19 PM

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Help the State By Hearing Frogs and Toads

U.P. volunteers could hear the call of the mink frog, which is very similar to the clip-clop of a horse walking on cobble stone. Those in west Michigan can listen for the Fowler’s toad that bleats similar to a lamb. Around the rest of the state, frog counters are likely to hear the clung of the green frog that sounds like a banjo.

“There are some that sound alike, but if you have a little bit of experience you can usually hear the difference,” said Lori Sargent, wildlife biologist with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. She coordinates the frog and toad survey, which sends volunteers on pre-determined routes to lis...

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