Quinte Conservation’s featured Species of the Month for May is the Western Chorus Frog.     Conservation Education Coordinator at Quinte Conservation, Nicole Campbell says, “You are more likely to hear these tiny frogs than see them because they only grow to between two and four centimetres long.  The Western Chorus Frog is common in our area, but you can definitely find them in the pond along the Pooch Path at the Quinte Conservation Area in Belleville.”
Campbell adds, “The Western Chorus Frog is small, slender and delicate.  This tiny frog can be any colour from green-gray to brown.  It has three dark stripes along its back.”
Campbell explains, “Their voice has a rasping trill (“cr-r-e-e-e”) that lasts for one to two seconds.  It is similar to fingernails running over a comb.  They can make their call 18-20 times a minute.  You can often hear them in the evening from March until May.  This year, because of the early warm weather, they started calling earlier in the season. ”
 You can find information about each month’s featured species by visiting the Quinte Conservation website at www.quinteconservation.ca.
Campbell explains, “The purpose of this program is to let the public know about the special and unique wildlife species that are living in our local area.  Understanding the diversity in our local ecosystem helps the public to understand the importance of our conservation programs.”
 Quinte Conservation is a community-based environmental protection agency.  It serves 18 municipalities in the watersheds of the Moira, Napanee and Salmon Rivers and Prince Edward County.  It provides cost-effective environmental expertise and leadership.  Quinte Conservation’s main goal is to create a sustainable ecosystem where people and nature live in harmony.  More information about Quinte Conservation is available at www.quinteconservation.ca.                                        
For more information contact:   Nicole Campbell
Conservation Education Coordinator
(613) 968-3434      (613) 354-3312


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