Get your name on the Geauga Park District’s Frog Fest “Party Line” Call List to witness springtime courtship behaviors

Gray Tree Frog males occupy positions in the shrubs around woodland pools to broadcast trilling mating calls to prospective females. These calling posts also serve as guard towers to ward off rival males vying for better position.

The fun part is honing in on the calls to locate camouflaged cavaliers with the aid of a flashlight, says Naturalist Dan Best.

Don’t delay – get your name on Geauga Park District’s Frog Fest “Party Line” Call List to witness the natural phenomenon of Gray Tree Frog and Green Frog spring breeding behavior at The West Woods!

March to May, warm, rainy conditions bring amphibians to wooded wetlands to mate and lay eggs. In this progression, tree frogs are late to the party, arriving in May having followed Jefferson and Spotted Salamanders, Wood Frogs, Spring Peepers and American Toads in March and April.

Once you register for the call list at www.geaugaparkdistrict.org or 440-286-9516, expect a call some afternoon in May on the day of the program, or possibly the day before, and choose appropriate clothing and flashlights for your visit. Program activities will be held 8 to 9:30 p.m. that night. Registrations are limited to singles, couples or families. Group registrations will not be accommodated.

“People have to take seriously the line about ‘short notice,’” added Naturalist Dan, as his decision is based on the amount and timing of rain, temperature and more.

Wetland areas visited during this program feature boardwalk and paved trails with ADA-OK grades for wheelchairs and strollers. This always-popular, all-ages, Nature’s-Not-to-Be-Missed opportunity WILL fill quickly, so naturalists recommend signing up today.

For more on Geauga Park District offerings, please call 440-286-9516 or visit Geauga Park District online via www.geaugaparkdistrict.org, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or YouTube.

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