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Field Notes

Covering the natural wonders of the Pacific Northwest

June 11, 2013 at 10:25 AM

A short post on our little Northwest frog

A Pacific treefrog just hanging out on the forest floor. (Matt Ironside/The Seattle Times)

A Pacific treefrog just hanging out on the forest floor. (Matt Ironside/The Seattle Times)

This post will be short and hopefully sweet, just like this little frog.

With so much being written in recent years about the decline of frog populations both around the region and around the world, I was just happy to see this Pacific treefrog, Pseudacris regilla, on a recent hike.

There is nothing quite like watching a spring sunset while listening to the sweet song of the male Pacifics as they attempt to serenade a mate.  It’s my guess that this was likely a female based on the fact that she was more than an inch and half long, on the bigger side for Pacifics.

She was fairly patient with me, letting me get close enough to get a decent photo. Despite being called a tree frog, you usually find them on or near the ground.

In a world where scientists occasional question the survival of some amphibians, the numbers on Pacific treefrog populations are mostly good news.  It’s listed as having a stable population, and that bodes well for forest diversity and future sunsets.

Comments | Topics: amphibians, frogs, Pacific treefrog

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