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Froggin on 4/20/17

I went out froggin yesterday in the creek by my house at around 4 pm in the afternoon. It was around 50 degrees, windy and cloudy.

The first spot I went to showed no frogs sadly but I did find some other wildlife.

I spotted my duck friends. They were huddled down to try to stay out of the wind as best they could. I also spotted some siberian squill which are an invasive species. They also aren’t even from siberia.

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Gray Squirrel I spotted on my way to the next spot.

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The dead raccoon washed away from the heavy rain. Maybe I’ll see you again lil buddy. This is also by another spot where there has been frogs in the past and there was none.

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I think this is some kind of tulip but I’m not sure. I don’t think its native but I’ve seen a few of them in the wild so it be cool if someone told me.

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Some deer ran past me. There was five of them I believe. It was really hard to take pictures of.

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The wood violets are growing strong so far. Haven’t seen any of the white colored ones.

Once again, no frogs ūüė¶

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Froggin on 4/10/17

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I went out at 10:15 am today to go look for frogs. Its still early in Spring and the creek by my house only has Green Frogs (Lithobates clamitans), the occasional Wood Frog (Lithobates¬†sylvaticus), and American Toads (Anaxyrus americanus) but I haven’t seen them in a long time there. It was a really warm day out, 70 degrees.

First spot that there have been green frogs in the past and there was sadly nothing. This spot usually has a few Siberian Squill (Scilla siberica), an invasive plant species but it hasn’t grown yet. I need to dig that up but it hasn’t really spread in the 2 years that I noticed it.

As I walked farther, I noticed heard the song of the black capped chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) and saw one sitting on a branch nearby.

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Found signs of kid’s activity in the creek.

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Another sign of human activity in the creek. The city decided to cut down and trim trees to make a mountain bike trail. Before they did this, it was just trails that the deer made from years of walking. At first when I saw that they did this, I was mad but then I started thinking about it more. 100 years ago, what was the area like? Wisconsin used to have a lot more prairie land before we turned it all to farm land. Was this area prairie or wet lands of what before humans changed it?

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The first spring flower I found, the wood flower (Viola papilionacea). It is actually the state flower of Wisconsin and is the state flower to a few other states.

One of the most identifiable bird call imo is the Cardinal. Its also one of the easiest birds to see because of the color. Males are the bright red to attract females for mating.

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Last wildlife I found was 5 White tail deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

Once again, no frogs sadly. Hopefully I’ll have better luck next time.

Froggin on March 3/20/17

I went out froggin today at around 1pm. The snow was mostly melted with patches in shady areas. It was 48 degrees out and mostly sunny. I saw 0 frogs sadly. I did see two white tailed deer, male and a female mallard duck, and a black capped chickadee. I did pick up lots of trash.