From 1963 to 1969, Whitaker (1971) and students in his herpetology classes conducted research on the western chorus frog
(Pseudacris triseriata) in Vigo County.
Boreal Chorus Frogs
occur in many habitats in Nebraska from woodlands to grasslands and breed in temporary as well as permanent water bodies (Ballinger et al.
Elementary students, high school ecology classes, university interns, and at-risk youth were provided with field science opportunities that included constructing artificial dens in fields and orchards to protect kit foxes from coyotes; developing a fisheries enhancement plan; removal of non-native species and re-planting of native plants to benefit native and often endangered species; assessment and monitoring of estuarine flora and fauna; and raising and reintroducing Pacific chorus frogs
A chorus of spring peepers was so deafening it nearly drowned out the chorus frogs
, whose exuberant songs nearly drowned out a lone, early-bird bullfrog.
Six additional, closely related frog species have loudspeaker ears, the researcher reports, whereas western chorus frogs
and California tree frogs use other body parts as resonators.
Other species (such as chorus frogs
, spring peepers, and the gray tree frog complex) might use retaining ponds if small portions of wooded habitat and un-mown grasslands are set aside when future retaining ponds are built.
Three other species -- tiger salamanders, wood frogs and chorus frogs
-- did not experience major regional losses during their three-year study, which ended in 1988.
The group heard all about the grasses that thrive in wetlands, the birds that dip in and out of ponds where Pacific chorus frogs
swim through the water and Western pond turtles sun themselves on the rocks.
The most common species, western chorus frogs
(Pseudacris triseriata, spring peepers (P.
Creation of a few palustrine emergent wetlands isolated from direct contact with the river could provide habitat for these species, including tiger salamanders, American toads, western chorus frogs
, and northern leopard frogs.