Berry Springs Preserve Herps of Texas report, 25Mar2020

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, there was no group outing to Berry Springs Park and Preserve this month. However, two people checked on the amphibians while staying at least six feet apart from each other at all times.
There had been over 1.5 inches of rain in the previous week, and four species were observed: Rio Grande Leopard Frog (Call Index = 2), American Bullfrog (CI = 1), Green Treefrog (CI = 1), and Blanchard's Cricket Frog (CI = 2). Photos and/or recordings were collected for all except the American Bullfrog.
There was still no flow to the pond from the middle slough springhead, but there was considerably more water there than last month. The water level in the main ponds was average.
The monitoring period was 19:45 - 20:45.
Participants were Kathy and Christie.
Environmental conditions at the middle slough springhead at sunset:

  • Air temperature = 70.9 deg F
  • Water temperature = 68.6 deg F
  • Sky = no/few clouds
  • Water level = below average
  • Relative humidity = 57 %

Posted by k_mccormack k_mccormack, March 26, 2020 16:24

Observations

Photos / Sounds

What

Rio Grande Leopard Frog Lithobates berlandieri

Observer

k_mccormack

Date

March 25, 2020 08:30 PM CDT

Description

Observed in various locations within the park. This is where the photos were taken, and one of the recordings. The other recordings were collected where the middle slough crosses the trail, and at the main pond.

Photos / Sounds

What

Green Tree Frog Hyla cinerea

Observer

k_mccormack

Date

March 25, 2020 08:14 PM CDT

Description

Observed near the footbridge next to the playground.

Photos / Sounds

What

Blanchard's Cricket Frog Acris blanchardi

Observer

k_mccormack

Date

March 25, 2020 08:00 PM CDT

Description

Observed at various locations within the park including the middle slough springhead, the main ponds, and the ditch in the pecan orchard.

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