I wanted to share a success story from Lake County, Illinois. Wood frogs have been located at a forest preserve. They have been MIA since the 80’s (like my parachute pants!) This is very exciting, happy news to report! 🐸
Discovery is often about being in the right place at the right time. This is exactly what happened recently when a wildlife biologist for the Lake County Forest Preserves was in the right woodland on the right spring day. While monitoring wildlife, a biologist heard sounds from the elusive wood frog (Rana sylvatica). The duck-like breeding calls made by male wood frogs had not been heard in Lake County, Illinois since the late 1980s. This discovery is the first sign of victory following extensive habitat restoration and recent species reintroduction efforts.
Wood frogs are found further north than any other North American reptile or amphibian species. They are the only frog found north of the Arctic Circle. How do they do it? Wood frogs can survive in the coldest climates by increasing the amounts of glucose that pumps through their bodies. The high glucose levels acts as antifreeze, allowing them to survive freezing temperatures 23 degrees…
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