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Spadefoot Desert Chorale

Photo by Mary Anne Dingus, courtesy of the Sibley Nature Center.

The concert starts with a mighty summer storm. Thunder stirs the singers from their subterranean slumber. They convene at an impromptu stage—maybe a rain-filled arroyo, maybe a waterlogged ditch. And just as the curtain of evening falls, the chorus begins. Who are these vocalists? And what’s the occasion for their performance?

Thanks to Lang Elliott, Carlos Davidson and Carl Gerhardt for use of recordings from their CD and book, The Frogs and Toads of North America.