Hopping into Spring at the Museum of Natural History

first_img Spring has officially sprung at the Museum of Natural History.The giant peeper will be placed on the side of the museum onWednesday, May 11. This marks the 20th anniversary of the peeper’s appearance on theside of the building. This year the frog will be changing hisusual perch. The public will see him on the south-east corner ofthe museum, peering down at the museum backyard. “For many of our visitors and motorists, the peeper has become awelcome sight as one of the first real signs of spring” saidJanet Maltby, museum manager. During the early weeks of spring museum staff receive numerouscalls from across the province reporting sounds of peepingincluding many inquiries as to when the frog will be going on thebuilding. “Traditionally, he goes out with the first consistentrecorded sounds of spring peepers,” said Ms. Maltby. The peeper is a giant wood and fibreglass model of the NorthernSpring Peeper, a sub-species of the treefrog family. Thesequarter size frogs leave their winter hibernation in early springand begin their familiar chorus of peeping to attract mates asthe nights become warmer. “For many of us growing up in Nova Scotia, the tranquil sound ofspring peepers late at night is part of our childhood experiencesand it let’s us know that warmer weather will soon be on itsway,” said museum curator Christine Sykora. The frog made his debut in 1985 marking the release of thepopular museum publication Amphibians and Reptiles of Nova Scotiaby John Gilhen, and as part of the award-winning museum programFrog Watch. Visit the museum’s website at nature.museum.gov.ns.ca for moreinformation on Nova Scotia nature. NOTE TO EDITORS: The model of the giant peeper will be placed onthe side of the Museum of Natural History on Wednesday, May 11,at 11 a.m.last_img

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