2005 Toad Walk at Wagner Natural Area 
May 5, 2005 - Wagner Bog is a very special place just east of Edmonton on the Yellowhead.  The marl ponds and spruce forest are home to countless species, from rare orchids to boreal toads.  Zoe is just one many people who join the annual toad walk to hear the boreal toads whistle - they only make the sound during mating season.
May 5, 2005 - Wagner Bog is a very special place just east of Edmonton on the Yellowhead. The marl ponds and spruce forest are home to countless species, from rare orchids to boreal toads. Zoe is just one many people who join the annual toad walk to hear the boreal toads whistle - they only make the sound during mating season.

May 5, 2005 - Naturalist Wayne Roberts has been leading toad walks through Wagner Natural Area each spring for 20 years.
May 5, 2005 - Naturalist Wayne Roberts has been leading toad walks through Wagner Natural Area each spring for 20 years.

May 5, 2005 - Shallow clear ponds, called marl ponds, provide a place where frogs and toads can lay their eggs during the spring.  This is a perfect spring night, warm, too early for mosquitos, the sound of ducks, geese and chickadees intermingle with the raspy call of the wood frog and the vibrating whistle of the boreal toad.
May 5, 2005 - Shallow clear ponds, called marl ponds, provide a place where frogs and toads can lay their eggs during the spring. This is a perfect spring night, warm, too early for mosquitos, the sound of ducks, geese and chickadees intermingle with the raspy call of the wood frog and the vibrating whistle of the boreal toad.

May 5, 2005 - Wagner Natural Area is a fen where black and white spruce grow in the moist areas, moss covering the downed woody debris, and marsh marigolds bloom in tiny shaded pools beside the trail.
May 5, 2005 - Wagner Natural Area is a fen where black and white spruce grow in the moist areas, moss covering the downed woody debris, and marsh marigolds bloom in tiny shaded pools beside the trail.

May 5, 2005 - The tamarack is an evergreen, but it loses its needles each fall.  This tamarack is now in "bud" for the spring.
May 5, 2005 - The tamarack is an evergreen, but it loses its needles each fall. This tamarack is now in "bud" for the spring.

May 5, 2005 - The red blob in the lower left corner is a wood frog sitting under the water, hoping it won't be noticed.  Beside it to the right are masses of wood frog eggs
May 5, 2005 - The red blob in the lower left corner is a wood frog sitting under the water, hoping it won't be noticed. Beside it to the right are masses of wood frog eggs

May 5, 2005 - This little wood frog is thinks it's a climber.
May 5, 2005 - This little wood frog is thinks it's a climber.

May 5, 2005 - Wayne Roberts holds a reddish wood frog in his hands
May 5, 2005 - Wayne Roberts holds a reddish wood frog in his hands

May 5, 2005 - These strings of toad eggs are already about a week old and visibly maturing
May 5, 2005 - These strings of toad eggs are already about a week old and visibly maturing

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