Mind Blowing, Ear Ringing and Body Vibrating;
Spring at the Swamp!
Go and stand in the middle of any swamp or marshland now that the snow melt is well under way. Senses bombard with mind blowing, ear ringing, body vibrating wonder as those amazing tiny Northern Spring Peepers (a.k.a ‘Pseudacris crucifer’, ‘pinkletinks’, ‘tinkletoes’ or Chorus Frog) wash away groggy wintry blues making their spring mating debut.
Yup, those who know the experience well, somewhere around mid January during those long bleak white grey black days we start longing for the cleansing Peeper Frog festival of sacred sound. A mark of spring bringing the earth alive smells and rain, oh those amazing tiny little creatures that make such a thundering sound on those first warm spring nights heralding a wake call to all of nature’s soul.
Fresh out of hibernation sites as early as late March and early April, tiny 1 in (2.5 cm) Adult Amphibians males begin their courting ritual, camouflaged against the tall reeds and trees. This tiny little thunder being keeps his strength up by gobbling on spiders and moth larvae. Some happy 1000 eggs are laid on twigs and leaves deep in the waters muddy bottom. Tadpoles transform all summer long, heading for trees cover by autumn. Spring comes once again, and the ritual begins anew and then another for a full three year life span.
In the Northern reaches of habitat, spring comes in spits and spurts as does the Peeper fest, whose vocalists must drift in and out occasional subfreezing hibernation temperatures while breeding. If drifting in and out of cold sleepy consciousness weren’t enough challenge, tiny frog must also avoid becoming al la carte to larger frogs, snakes and skunks.
‘Peeper Sacred Sound Festival’, coming to a swamp near you!
No cover charge.
Additional entertainment highlights:
Come and smell the Water Lilies, eat some Flies or Bulrushes, roost on a rock or knoll and bask in the sunlight, watch Butterflies and Dragonflies spiral dance, Turtles emerging, Red Wing Black Birds nesting, Ducks returning, or simply allow warm rains to wash away winter blahs.
For more information about these amazing creatures and more, online: www.wyemarsh.com
Written by; Jan Porter, non secular writer/author, Karwatha’s, Ontario, Canada. www.inspiredsoulworks.com
Jan Porter ~ Author www.inspiredsoulworks.com