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A Glimpse of Nature

See what’s happening on the grounds of the Ames Free Library or nearby areas with “A Glimpse of Nature.”  Offered by Lorraine Rubinacci, the library's resident naturalist, this weekly photo blog is a gentle reminder to enjoy the wonders that surround us.

A Glimpse of Nature -- Frogs

Did you guess correctly?  Frogs were the focus of last week’s “What Is It!” game.

These gelatinous eggs contain wood frog embryos.  While wood frogs may not be as well known as bullfrogs or green frogs, they are a delight to observe in the late-winter/early-spring woods.  Listen for their duck-like quacks during March, when the frogs congregate at woodland pools to lay and fertilize eggs.  They are especially noticeable on mild, rainy nights.

A Glimpse of Nature -- This Week in SE Mass

Our first week of spring brought mild temperatures, bird and frog songs, and some early blossoms.  At this time of year, watch for tree and shrub flowers like those of the pussy willow.  This might require adjusting your perspective because some of these flowers are quite small or located on upper branches.  They may not resemble our mental image of “flowers.”  But, you can be sure that nectaring insects are paying attention!  To learn more about this phenomenon, catch “Ea


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