Friends of Cedar Bay encouraging residents to look for, listen to area frogs
Jesse Bonello - Staff Writer
In years past the Friends of Cedar Bay have organized a Frog Hop at Cedar Bay, providing nature enthusiasts with an opportunity to see and hear frogs that are found in the area.
In a Facebook post on May 15, the Friends of Cedar Bay announced residents will be unable to participate in a Frog Hop this year. Instead, the Friends of Cedar Bay are providing information for residents, inviting people to go out and experience the sights and sounds of frogs in the area.
“We’ve been encouraging people to post sightings. People have been talking about hearing leopard frogs, and other places where they’ve been hearing the frogs,” said Aileen Urquhart.
Friends of Cedar Bay shared the most common frogs found in the area are the Spring Peeper, the Boreal Chorus Frog, and the Wood Frog. Despite dry conditions in early May, Urquhart said frogs have been finding wet areas to croak and attract their mates.
“The other evening we heard the Boreal Chorus Frogs as well. Some places, if the water is dried up, they’re probably not very active. Even with the dry weather, there are lots of places that have water, so the frogs have been busy,” she explained.
“It’s a little unpredictable because they can croak anytime, but often in the evenings is when you can hear them.
“Good places to hear frogs are the very east end of Front Street where it meets First Avenue. There is a marshy area to the south of the Street. Another great place is along West Point Cove Road in the wet area between Sacred Heart School and the entrance to Cedar Bay recreation area and, if you go on the Interpretive Trail, the wet areas along there are good frog spots… Basically anywhere there’s a stream, or a little bit of a swamp,” said Urquhart.
The Friends of Cedar Bay have been organizing Frog Hops since 2015.
More information on area frogs can be found on the Friends of Cedar Bay Facebook page
(@FriendsOfCedarBay) or on their website www.cedarbay.org/?p=1493.