Bruno D'Amicis - Spring singer
As soon as temperatures get milder and the nights moister in spring, tree frogs appear on their breeding grounds –marshes, ponds and streams– around the area where I live. The unmistakable and monotonous mating call of the males is for me the true sign that winter is over in the Apennines. I have been enjoying the presence of tree frogs since my childhood. Because of their lemon-green skin, the sticky toes and their “cute” look, I have always considered them an example of perfect Nature’s design. But times are changing fast, for them too. In fact, many of the ponds where, as a kid, I was searching for them and newts are now dry or have been replaced by buildings. This, together with the world-wide decline of amphibians populations doesn’t assure them a brighter future…
I can’t really think of a world without them. Can you?
Location: Abruzzi, Italy
Tags: amphibians, bruno damicis, hyla intermedia, italian, spring, tree frog