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March 04, 2005

Frogs

The Friends of Sligo Creek need volunteers for Frog Watch 2005. Hop to it - the first orientation meeting is March 7.

Chorus:
    Brekekekex, ko-ax, ko-ax
    Brekekekex, ko-ax, ko-ax

For great frogs in fiction, try Aristophanes and Steig.
J PIC STEIG Gorky rises by William Steig. 1980.
882 A717 Aristophanes Volume II; with the English translation of Benjamin Bickley Rogers. Greek with English translation on facing pages. Originally published in 1924.
You can also read the B. B. Rogers translation online, though it seems to lose some panache when it doesn't have the Greek or the footnotes .

For the more mundane frogs see:
597.6 HALLIDA The encyclopedia of reptiles and amphibians edited by Tim R. Halliday and Kraig Adler. 1986.
J 597.6 CONANT A field guide to reptiles and amphibians of Eastern and Central North America. Written by Roger Conant and illustrated by Isabelle Hunt Conant. 1975.
597.909 FAMILIA Familiar reptiles and amphibians. National Audubon Society. 1988.
J 597.89 GIBBONS Frogs by Gail Gibbons. 1993.
J 597.89 ARNOSKY All about frogs by Jim Arnosky. 2002.
and we have many others.

Aeschylus:
    And the joy of the young vines smiling,
    And the tendril of grapes, care-bequiling.

[What is Aeschylus doing amongst the frogs? Plot refresher.]

Those beguiling vines may be invasive. As spring approaches, you might also want to learn something about the flora around the creek. Take a look at the Native Plant Inventory. You can view earlier inventories in the library:
MD-R 581 BOYD A flora of the Sligo Valley in Montgomery and Prince George [sic] counties, Maryland. Charles Lester Boyd. 1940.
Md-R 581 SALISBU The plants of Sligo Creek Park. Dorothy Cleaveland Salisbury. 1974.

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