Spring brings an increase of wildlife activity to West Virginia, and West Virginia state parks and forests are a great place to look for them. Keep an eye out for these critters as you trek through woods and fields:
The spring peeper chorus is often one of the first signs of spring. These diminutive tree frogs are about the size of the end of your thumb, but they make a big noise, according to Jim Phillips, retired naturalist from Pipestem Resort. Phillips also leads eagle surveys of the Pipestem area.
“They can be heard at a distance of a mile or more, even with your car windows rolled up. If you stand right next to a group of them it will make your ears ring,” he said.