Friday, April 7, 2017

froggy-ology is Sunday

Sunday, April 9, 2 p.m.
Froggy-ology 101 at Ijams

(Youthful) Our “ology” classes are for kids, young families and the young-at-heart. 

Next up? The ectothermic vertebrate animals that are born in water but generally grow up to leave it—the amphibians (from the Greek amphibios, meaning living a double life). 

We’ll have a short class indoors, enjoy some froggy snacks and then go outside exploring with dip nets. The ponds at Ijams Nature Center will be full of frogs, tadpoles and newts...yes, newts. 

Join me for some great family fun on a Sunday afternoon. The forecast looks great for both weather and newts.

Preregistration is required. Go online to

American toad (Anaxyrus americanus)

Will we find a toad?

My first book, Natural Histories: Stories of Nature from the Tennessee Valley, published by the University of Tennessee Press in 2007 has a chapter about my long affection with frogs and toads—the anurans. And oh...the call of the American toad (Anaxyrus americanus), is such a sweet song crooned by remarkably bumpy, lumpy, Jabba the Hutt like creature. 

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