I went out to the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge for the first time this year to look for spadefoot toads hoping that the warm weather throughout the day would have triggered a breeding event since we got a good amount of rain a week earlier that filled some of the interdunal swale vernal pools. I didn't have any luck finding any spadefoot toads but American toads were in the full swing of the breeding season.
Later in the night I visited another pool and observed some fairy shrimp in a pool with chorusing Northern leopard frogs.
|Northern leopard frog|
Fairy shrimp swimming in vernal pool: