Bradley Fleet in “the Frog Pond”

Layed-up in the Frog Pond, photo courtesy Presque Isle County Historical Museum This would be where I would tell you the fascinating history of why the winter harbor at Rogers City was referred to as the Frog Pond, but I’m unable to find much except for that’s what everyone calls it. There’s one in Toledo too. The Presque … Continue reading Bradley Fleet in “the Frog Pond”

Frog Friday: You Looking at Me? Edition

You Looking at Me?…, photo by Kevin Povenz I had so much fun with Blackcaps: Blackberry or Black Raspberry last week that I had to try it again (spoiler alert: they were black raspberries). What do you think, internets: is this a Northern green frog or a Michigan bullfrog? The only difference I know of between … Continue reading Frog Friday: You Looking at Me? Edition

Know Your Michigan Frogs: Mink Frog (Rana septentrionalis)

mink frog-0376, photo by tifranta Saturday was World Frog Day so let’s add another Michigan frog to the list, the Mink Frog (Rana septentrionalis) about which the DNR says: A blotchy, spotted, greenish or brownish frog. Similar to Green Frog, but has spots or blotches instead of cross bands on the hind legs. Bright green upper lip … Continue reading Know Your Michigan Frogs: Mink Frog (Rana septentrionalis)

Best Friends in Nature: Crayfish & Green Frog Edition

Crayfish & Green Frog, photo by John Heintz Jr. The next installment of the critically acclaimed Michigan in Pictures exclusive “Best Friends in Nature” series. I believe what these two have in common is a long list of shared predators, so this could well be a pond-side support group meeting. ;) View John’s photo bigger and … Continue reading Best Friends in Nature: Crayfish & Green Frog Edition

Michigan Frog Files: The Wood Frog (Rana sylvatica)

Frog, photo by Ron Abfalter Word on the pond is that Michigan’s frogs are a little put out by all the attention my readers are paying to Michigan turtles, so here’s a little payback. The DNR’s page on Wood Frog (Rana sylvatica) says: DESCRIPTION: A brown or tan frog with a dark band (“robber’s mask”) through … Continue reading Michigan Frog Files: The Wood Frog (Rana sylvatica)

Frog Sex: It’s Complicated

BACKYARD NATURE, photo by John E Heintz Jr April is the time when we start to hear some of Michigan’s 13 species of frogs and toads making noise. While the green frogs pictured above were confusing their Frogbook friends in July, most of the distinctive spring frog calls are males advertising that they’re looking for … Continue reading Frog Sex: It’s Complicated