Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Pacific tree frog eggs

I had a free morning, and I decided that the unseasonably warm weather in combination with the recent full moon warranted a small explore for local tadpole prospects.

The creek along the nether regions of the park was choked with leaves from our recent winds, but I still found 2 tiny clusters of Pacific tree frog eggs, each on a fallen sycamore leaf stem.

I brought home some living and decaying plant matter from the stream. I set up a little "tadpolarium" with some rainwater I'd been saving for just such an occasion. I'll keep the eggs in their collecting container for another day or two and then put them in. They will be hatching in just a few days, and in a week or so, they will be distributed to interested local teachers.

Are you up for this, Mrs. W.?

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