ReallyGinny (reallyginnyf) wrote,
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FrogWatch

Nothing to see here, just putting some stuff down before FrogWatch season starts and I'll be adding things as I go along so no need to comment unless you're as interested in those little croaking bioindicators as I am.  Spoiler alert:  You're probably not. I'm a little weird when it comes to frogs.

--Appointment on Thursday to check out a new monitoring site. It's a freshwater pond in the middle of some scrub wetlands by description (haven't seen it yet) and the property owner is an old friend of mine from high school. The only drawback is her "nature expert"  husband wants to tag along with me. I'll let him spout his opinion (which is already wrong since he doesn't realize that as long as the air temperature is above 35 degrees, frogs will be calling and trying to get their sexy game on) but if he keeps quiet while I'm recording, we'll get along just fine. First visit is a site survey, filling out registration paperwork and permission forms and then completing a few test recordings to ensure the least amount of ambient noise at the location where I'll be monitoring.

--Need to find a good handheld compass/temperature gauge.  I have a pretty good sense of direction but it's easy to get turned around at night without something to orient me. Also need to check out JetPens for a good waterproof ink pen since the best monitoring conditions are in drizzle or light rain.

(ETA: So far there isn't a decent digital combo altimeter/compass/thermometer to be found in my price range and since I have an iPod Touch and not an iPhone, I can't use a compass app. I'll keep looking.  But after doing a few home tests I found out I have a few pens around that will hold up in the rain - a Pilot G2 and a Zebra Z-Grip.)

--STUDY STUDY STUDY.  You've been monitoring sites for a year and you still can't tell a cricket frog from a chorus frog with any certainty. It will be a happy day when you pass your certification test and no longer have to submit recordings to the program administrator for verification, even though he's a super nice dude and a lot of fun to talk with. Next certification session is in September. BE READY FOR IT.

Gratuitous pic of a gorgeous Northern Leopard frog. Zack calls them "creeper frogs" because their call sounds like someone knocking on a window and then chuckling, presumably at whatever is it they're viewing through the window. I never misidentify this call.
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