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Critter of the Season - Spring Peepers

By: Ronald G. Dodson | The Dodson Group LLC

Spring Peepers

Spring Peepers
Spring peepers are to the amphibian world what American robins are to the bird world. As their name implies, they begin emitting their familiar sleigh-bell-like chorus right around the beginning of spring.

Found in wooded areas and grassy lowlands near ponds and swamps in the central and eastern parts of Canada and the United States, these tiny, well-camouflaged amphibians are rarely seen. But the mid-March crescendo of nighttime whistles from amorous males is for many a sign that winter is over.

Spring peepers are tan or brown in color with dark lines that form a telltale X on their backs. They grow to about 1.5 inches in length, and have large toe pads for climbing, although they are more at home amid the loose debris of the forest floor.

They are nocturnal creatures, hiding from their many predators during the day and emerging at night to feed on such delicacies as beetles, ants, flies, and spiders.

They mate and lay their eggs in water and spend the rest of the year in the forest. In the winter, they hibernate under logs or behind loose bark on trees, waiting for the spring thaw and their chance to sing.


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References and Sources used in this issue of SustainAbility Newsletter Include:

Audubon Lifestyles
www.audubonlifestyles.org 
 
The International Sustainability Council
www.thesustainabilitycouncil.org 

Sustainability Campaign
sustainabilitycampaign.blogspot.com

Nature.com
www.enature.com

Golfpreserves
www.golfcourseproject.com

American Society of Golf Course Architects
www.asgca.org

The United States Golf Association (USGA)
www.usga.org

Sustainable Golf & Development
www.sustainablegolfdevelopment.com

Turf Feeding Systems
www.turffeeding.com

National Geographic
www.nationalgeographic.org


 

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The Village of Blume earns ISC Chartered Member Status

Bob Taylor speaks at a Harrisburg Town MeetingThe International Sustainability Council (ISC) has announced that the Village of Blume, a newly planned neighborhood located in Harrisburg, North Carolina has been designated as an ISC Chartered Member.

The developer of the project, Taylor Properties Group LLC, sought assistance from Audubon Lifestyles, Inc. With our guidance and support the Village of Blume is proud to have successfully developed an approved Sustainability Charter that complements the development’s sustainability efforts.

“We believe that the Sustainability Charter developed for The Village of Blume captures all the elements that we are attempting to implement in our project.” stated Bob Taylor of Taylor Properties Group. He continued by stating, “We are in total agreement with what we have sent to the ISC Council, and feel it represents our commitment to advancing the Principles of Sustainability at the Village of Blume.

The ISC Principles of Sustainability serves as a basis for preparing and adopting a place-based Sustainability Charter for governmental agencies, universities, businesses and not-for-profit organizations, and becomes a public declaration of how the ISC Chartered Member intends to manage itself over time, and in accordance with the Principles of Sustainability.

Visit the Village of Blume Facebook page at:
www.facebook.com/pages/Harrisburg-NC/Friends-of-the-Village-of-Blume/311758813859


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References and Sources used in this issue of SustainAbility Newsletter Include:

Audubon Lifestyles
www.audubonlifestyles.com

The International Sustainability Council
www.thesustainabilitycouncil.org  

The Reserve at Lake Keowee
www.thereserveatlakekeowee.com

The Old Collier Club
www.theoldcolliergc.com

The Rim Golf Club
www.therimgolfclub.com

Golfpreserves
www.golfcourseproject.com

Coke
www.coke.com

 

Energy Star
www.energystar.gov 

The Village of Blume
www.taylorpropertiesgroup.edu 

Taylor Properties Group
www.taylorpropertiesgrp.com  

Nike
www.nike.com

National Geographic
www.nationalgeographic.com 

American Society of Golf Course Architects
www.asgca.org

The United States Golf Association (USGA)
www.usga.org

    

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