In early spring, Pacific tree frogs (also known as Pacific chorus frogs) gather in Yosemite Valley’s moist meadows, looking for love. When the sun goes down, the party begins. Male frogs call loudly in an effort to attract females, inviting even more males to join the chorus. Female frogs lay their eggs here in the meadow’s aquatic environment. Tadpoles spend the first weeks of their lives here. Then, like their parents, they’ll move to drier, more forested habitat until it’s time to breed again. Frogs, tadpoles, and eggs all provide food for other Yosemite species, from otters and coyotes, to birds, to fish! Yosemite’s meadows, while only comprising 3% of the park’s area, contain up to a third of its plant species. Meadows are complex ecosystems that filter water for both wildlife and people, and they provide vital habitat for many of the park's species to feed and reproduce.
Learn more about Yosemite’s amazing meadows: https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/nature/meadows.htm
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