The South Dakota DNR is out surveying wildlife, mostly frogs by my house, and one of them, Dennis Skadsen, a man I've talked to but never met, told me to look out for Wood Frogs. I walked out the door and heard some. I was thinking, "what is the big deal?" Then I did a little research.
It turns out wood frogs are reportable to the state DNR in my county, as we are in the edge of their range. Day County is in light green
I do know wood frogs are cool, they freeze every winter including here and then thaw out in spring and resume their lives. It is a complex and not 100% known process but they prove who they can survive life on the egde
|Wood frog, Day County, South Dakota 4/26/2020|
Sometimes I wonder about all of this rare stuff. Maybe my friend is correct and Bachman's warblers are still around, lurking in the shadows somewhere. Even Ivory-billed woodpeckers....Sort of like yellow rails and Northeastern South Dakota, they aren't here because no one is looking. So here it is, an extremely rare frog and poof they just magically in my back yard, I suspect they are everywhere. It all makes me laugh....am I reporting this to the state? Hell, no. If I was looking for anything up here, Dakota skippers, wood frogs, rails, the first place I'd look is in my backyard....the state can go sneaking around at night irritating my pets and my daughter, I guess they need something to do.
I've been thinking, I've always had this species of frog in my backyard.
Got a lot of frogs outside right now and there was some serious frog sex going on
|Kandiyohi color pattern of Northern Leopard Frog, very sharp looking|
|Burnsi color pattern of Northern Leopard Frog|
|Normal morph of Northern Leopard frogs|
All three patterns in five minutes of looking
|Boreal chorus frogs|
|Female Red-winged blackbird|
|sharp-tailed grouse (male)|