IT ISN’T EASY BEING GREEN

This little guy presented itself yesterday. I literally dropped everything and dug out my camera to get this portrait. I’ve heard these frogs in the forest part of the refuge, but this was the first time I’d gotten one out in plain view. They’re good at hiding; it’s life and death for them.

These frogs are native to the whole Pacific West from British Columbia down into Baja California. They’re commonly known as Pacific Treefrogs, but many think it’s more appropriate to call them Pacific Chorus Frogs. The video below gives a clue to this recommendation. First you hear a single male frog giving his “advertising” call to females: “Hey, I’m over here, and I’m hot for you.” That’s followed by a bunch of other males joining in, saying in chorus, “Me too, me too!”

This little frog’s problem is the invasive American Bullfrogs that plague the refuge and waters all over Oregon. The bullfrogs are many times the size of the chorus frog and have them for lunch. The refuge continually fights against the bullfrogs to keep them from wiping out the chorus frogs and a lot of other water-dwelling creatures .

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2 thoughts on “IT ISN’T EASY BEING GREEN”

    1. Oh, I know better. It’s the first one I’ve seen in over a year there. Bullfrogs in summer, however, are a different matter…

      On Saturday, March 22, 2014, My Tualatin River Refuge wrote:

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