This weeks blog post is from Eileen C., a Bucktails and Gobblers alumni! In lieu of the approaching winter snowstorm, her blog post reminds us of Spring and warmer days to come.
This spring, I had the opportunity to witness the metamorphosis of the American toad. One day, my brother and I decided to hike the dirt road instead of the deer trail. We came across tire ruts in the road. They were full of water like so many times before.
A few weeks earlier, we had observed toads hanging around the water. Now, I glanced at the water-filled ditch at my feet. “Tadpoles!” Nearly every day, I returned to observe the tadpoles as they grew stouter, sprouted tiny legs, lost their tails, and eventually exited the water as juveniles.
Now, when I cross paths with a juvenile toad in the woods, I declare, “I knew you when you were just a tadpole!”
The mission of the Wildlife Leadership Academy is to engage and empower high school age youth to become Conservation Ambassadors to ensure a sustained wildlife, fisheries and natural resource legacy for future generations. The Academy, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is a cooperative initiative involving state agencies and conservation organizations.