To Amphibian and Beyond! What Actually are Frogs and Who are Their Amphibian Friends?

I’ve written about amphibians before but what actually is an amphibian? What makes a salamander an amphibian and a lizard not an amphibian? Lizards are reptiles, by the way. The Naming System Humans have created a naming and categorizing system for all living things. It is called scientific nomenclature.  It starts with a very broadContinue reading “To Amphibian and Beyond! What Actually are Frogs and Who are Their Amphibian Friends?”

Only You Can Help the Scientists through Citizen Science!

Do you like hiking or walking outdoors?  Do you enjoy watching birds at the birdfeeder?  Do you enjoy the beauty of all the wildflowers?  Are you fascinated with space?  Do you like knowing the water in your nearby stream is clean?  Do you want to make a difference for our planet?  Then become a CitizenContinue reading “Only You Can Help the Scientists through Citizen Science!”

Chow Down like an Amphibian

The way larval water-dwelling amphibians eat is quite different from that of their land-dwelling well aged counterparts. Larval Salamander Feeding Larval aquatic amphibians suck in their prey much like a vacuum, this is called negative pressure (1).  Think about when you were a kid (or possibly even now) and you lined up M&Ms on theContinue reading “Chow Down like an Amphibian”

The Great Traveler

One morning you wake up and as you step out of your warm cozy bed you realize it is cold!  It is the first day of the year that you turn the heat on in your house.  You step outside with your jacket on and the smell of autumn is in the air and youContinue reading “The Great Traveler”

Adventures with Adams

The eerie mist slowly rolls across the dirt path playing in my headlights providing the only light along the forested roads.  I hear the Spring Peepers still playing in my head, louder than when I was standing outside listening for them.  When we stop to listen at our next site we jump out of theContinue reading “Adventures with Adams”

Introductions

The Early Years Hi, I am Courtney!  I grew up in rural Wisconsin running through fields and ponds catching frogs and butterflies.  I probably knew how to identify critters in a field guide before I could fully read.  When people asked me the ultimate question: “What do you want to be when you grow up?”,Continue reading “Introductions”