March of the amphibians
August 25, 2011 —
The middle of summer is usually the dry time of year where watering is required to keep lawns and gardens in good condition. This August, however, we have had ample rain; enough to keep things somewhat moist. Rivers and streams are running a bit higher than normal too; it’s been nice to paddle the river without having to “ooch” over the shallower rapids and bars.
Rain also brings some of the amphibians that come out of hiding during and right after a shower. Most amphibians have moist skin and cannot tolerate too much time in a hot, dry environment. Take a walk after a rain down a forest trail, near a pond, or even near your lawn or garden and you may see a variety of jumping and crawling critters.