The Atantic coast leopard frog, also called the coughing frog because of its very distinctive call, was recently confirmed as a new species. It was discovered not in the Amazon or a remote Louisiana swamp but on Staten Island, of all places, and it’s believed to be present throughout our area.
A citizen science program is underway to determine the species’ range. If you’ve got a smartphone, you can participate. A great reason to get out into the woods and investigate a vernal pool this spring.