Join us on April 30th for a Save the Frogs Day event at Sandy Neck Beach 10am-12pm.
Amphibians are some of the most vulnerable species in the world, and they are being depleted at an alarming rate worldwide. Come learn more about these intriguing creatures, and their importance in the environment. We will explore the beautiful vernal pools of Sandy Neck and look for signs of Spring amphibian activity including the rare Eastern Spadefoot Toad, a threatened species in the state of Massachusetts. Along the way will will pick up trash and help maintain the beauty and productivity of these majestic wetlands that dot the forests and dune swales of Sandy Neck Beach.
Meet at the Sandy Neck Gatehouse. This event is free. More more information, call the Gatehouse @ 508-362-8300
If you are driving to Sandy Neck in the evening, you may notice a loud and familiar sound along the road. The high-pitched chorus of the Spring Peepers has returned to nearby wetlands at the park. These quarter-sized tree frogs are quite loud for their size, and can be heard over a mile away. While the first peepers were heard faintly in February, they are now out in full force, calling out in hopes of finding a mate. Spring Peepers are often one of the first signs of spring, and an indicator of warmer days ahead.
Here are a few videos of the Spring Peeper activity at Sandy Neck last week
Last week, we were also lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the rare and elusive Eastern Spadefoot emerging for the first time this year. While there was no breeding behavior documented, their presence above ground so early in the year is a great sign. Warm temperatures, heavy rains and a high water table will hopefully provide the right conditions for this state-listed species to breed in 2016. Spadefoots are listed as Threatened in the state of Massachusetts, and they have not successfully bred on Sandy Neck since 2013.
Remember, amphibians will continue to breed throughout the Spring and early summer. On warm, rainy nights, please drive slow and keep an eye out for Frogs, Toads, and Salamanders crossing the road.