Three new amphibian species for Wooster Memorial Park!

Since 2005, I have been formally cataloguing the amphibians and reptiles of Wooster Memorial Park (Wayne Co., Ohio). As of the spring of 2022, I was aware of seven species of salamanders, five species of frogs, six snakes and two turtles that occur at the park. In the last ten years, I have only added one or two to that list and figured I had probably found most of what was out there. Then came 2022, which was a banner year for amphibian discoveries. In early October, I found not one, but two new salamanders in the park: (the four-toed salamander, Hemidactylium scutatum) and the smallmouth salamander (Ambystoma texanum, thanks to Caileigh Briggs for finding and photographing this one!). I was still basking in the glow of those discoveries when in late October, I found a pickerel frog (Lithobates palustris) in one of the narrow ravines found throughout the park.

So, a new frog was added to the park to the park list as well. So that puts the official list at: nine salamanders, six frogs, six snakes and two turtles (23 species of amphibians and reptiles total). Not bad! Who knows what else is out there? I guess you just have to keep looking!

Poster Presentation at Evolution 2022

David Raines (’15) and I co-authored a poster entitled “Does past reproductive success influence subsequent reproductive performance?” at the recent Evolution conference in Cleveland, Ohio. This poster summarizes our work on female mate choice in the Tobago glass frog. For a digital copy of the poster, see here.

Frog Babies Help Me Through the Day

This morning a new strawberry poison dart frog metamorph made its first appearance. Brightened what had been a bit of a gloomy day. Welcome to this thing called life, little one.

Strawberry poison dart frog metamorph
Strawberry poison dart frog metamorph

2021 Cricket Frog Survey Data in the Books!

Back in June, Dr. Katherine Krynak (Ohio Northern University), John McCall (Michigan Tech. University) and I completed our fifth year of field surveys for Blanchard’s cricket frog, with the help of three awesome student assistants. We have been doing listening surveys for this species at 102 sites in northwestern Ohio since 2017, which builds on a five year data set from the same sites from 2004-2008. This year was a relatively good year for cricket frogs, with at least a third of the sites occupied.  Keep your eyes open for a forthcoming analysis of these survey data!

Blue skies in northwestern Ohio
Blue skies and cornfields in northwestern Ohio