The Toad Hunter

This describes a typical day of work for a native aquatics field biologist.

duchesne BT egg strands (26)

Squishy steps through the grass
What toads be hiding here?
I say without any sass
Wish they were big like deer

Wait.

A springing sprig?
No… Whistling Wind?
IT’S A T—
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…cricket?
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Shoot.

Bryant's Fork Toad survey with Hogle Zoo (1)

I’ll find those sneaky yellow eyes
Which so dolefully gaze at mine
Which, somehow, never seem surprised
It’ll be far too late to whine

Wait.

A bustle of brown?
Down on the ground?
IT”S GOT TO BE A T—
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…bird?
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Nuts.

Columbia Spotted Frogs Wolf Creek (6)

I peak beneath a tree
Sometimes they hide in there
Don’t much like the sun, see
Or maybe birds in air.

Wait.

Can it be?
Are they here?
IT’S DEFINATELY A T—
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…vole?

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Rats.

Baby Killdeer (6)

Hours and hours I’m searching
For just one single clue
Miles and miles of lurching
Where? If only I knew!

Wait.

I heard a splash.
Behind my back.
IT CAN ONLY BE A T—
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…rain?
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Lovely.

Badger Bay (6)

I would settle for eggs,
Even some tadpoles would do
It’s not about frog legs
I just want toads in this goo

Wait.

A rustling leaf?
Some black and white?
IT MIGHT JUST BE A T—
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…Skunk?
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AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!

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Bryant's Fork Toad survey with Hogle Zoo (26)

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2 thoughts on “The Toad Hunter

  1. some of the meter is a bit off but I did take all the pictures in the field.

  2. Anonymous

    This made me smile! The rhymes…

    Also, beautiful photographs.

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