Sunday, March 18, 2007

Frog Thaw

Trail ride today involved a stupefying headwind westbound, and near liftoff eastbound. But as Tim notes, it is clear clear clear all the way. If you ride through the Difficult Run Valley west of Vienna, listen for the Wood Frog. We heard them today: a kind of quacking or tapping call. The frog has a little bandito mask, like a raccoon, and is one of the few animals that can freeze but not die. When winter comes it buries itself and then goes into a deep hibernation where it stops breathing and its heart even stops. It becomes a frogsicle! When it warms and thaws, it starts calling right away. These little guys are found all the way up to the Arctic Circle. Photo courtesy of Kidzone.