The Candor

“All about Frogs” event at BenU

by Farwah Rizvi, Staff Writer

A showcase of frogs is held in the Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum.
Photo by Becca Flynn

Making the noise “ribbet ribbet” and eating flies are not the only things frogs can do. In fact, they are actually a species that is vital to the health of an ecosystem. The perfect place to gain this knowledge is the event called ‘Frogs and Toads of Northern Illinois,’ which will be hosted on Saturday, April 6th from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

This event, which kicks off the Jurica-Suchy Museum’s Discovery Days series, starts with a frog call workshop in the museum annex, located in Birck 219. In this portion of the day, museum staff members introduce participants to 13 different types of frogs and even help train their ears to recognize the frogs’ thirteen unique mating calls. These mating calls will then be analyzed for their so-called efficiency as participants look at data on frog and toad populations from the DuPage County Forest Preserve.

Afterwards, participants will trek one-half mile around Lake St. Benedict. With a camera and a walking stick in hand, attendees will be able to take in the sights, sounds, and pure splendor of nature. Of course, participants will also listen for frog mating calls, all the while learning about other plants and animals. The event is free, donations are welcomed, space is limited and registration is required.

To register for this event contact Karly Tumminello at juricasuchymusuem@ben.edu or 630 829-6531 until April 5th. Remember to dress for the weather as frogs are more ubiquitous in light rain, and boots are recommended as the travel path is unpaved and potentially muddy. The event is intended for adults, families and children over the age of 10, but all BenU students are welcome. For more information about this event and any other in the upcoming Discovery Days series, contact the museum.