The Friends of Greenview & Pioneer Nature Areas is working in conjunction with
local herpetologist David Mifsud and Natural Area Preservation (NAP) to restore
habitat located in the Frog Meadow with hopes of translocating egg masses of the Northern Leopard Frog to the meadow.
The Frog Meadow refers to the area which borders the wetlands to the west, canal to the east, trail on the south and treeline to the north.
What are the characteristics of the Northern Leopard Frog?
Green or brown in color with 2-4 rows of dark round spots of irregular sizes on back and sides with white belly and chin. Breeding starts when temperatures reach above 65 degrees. At that time, males give a snore call followed by a series of clucks.
Why translocate the Northern Leopard frog to Greenview Park?
The Northern Leopard Frog’s populations have decreased significantly over the last 30-50 years due to its sensitivity to toxins and loss of habitat in Michigan. Greenview Park is an excellent location to establish the frog because it meets the three basic habitat requirements.
1) Sunny shallow wetland for reproduction.
2) Grassland which provides food source (insects) and habitat for adults and juveniles.
3) Deep pond for frogs to burrow in the mud during winter.
Here’s what Friends have done to restore the meadow:
1) A section of trees along the canal bank were cleared to make the shallow water in the canal warmer to help increase the development of the tadpoles. It also makes it easier for the frog to migrate between the canal and wetland.
2) NAP provided native grasses from city parks for the meadow. The area has been seeded with the hopes of controlling invasives like Buckthorn.
3) Plugs of native grasses were planted in the meadow.
a)Sorghastrum nutans or Indian Grass, a warm season grass
b)Schizachyrium scoparius or Little Blue Stem, a warm season grass
c)Carex gracillima or Graceful Sedge, a cold season sedge
d)Carex bicknellii or Prairie Sedge, a cold season sedge
4) Controlled burns and moving the meadow has helped keep woody invasives like buckthorn under control.
*click here to learn more about buckthorn!
What other amphibians live at Greenview?
You will find the American Toad, Gray Treefrog, Green Frog and an occasional Chorus & Wood Frog.