the voice of spring
there is perhaps no other event in the natur al world that is as characteristic of a season as a full chor us of spring peepers . it is not only that the voices of living things are calling once more after the long silence of winter , there is something about the atmosphere in which the chorus takes place that epitomized the season . there is a certain moist of smell in the air on rainy spring nights , slow mists rise from rafts of ice floating on dark marshes , everywhere on roads through wetareas the small white forms of migr ating spring peepers and frogs in woods and ponds appear , and all round you the air will be filled with a high bell-like ringing , a lit tle like a distant horse-drawn sleigh . that distant chorus is the voice of the spring peeper , a small tree frog no larger than the end of a little finger . throughout history natur alists have referred to it as the voice of spring .
in actuality you may be a long way from the pond or marsh where the peepers are calling , the voice of spring peepers can carry as much as a mile on still spring nights , and once you learn to recognize that song , there will be nights when it is difficult to escape their incessant calling . the sound will accompany you th rough spring , a sort of background music to the events that will be taking place around you during the season