Rancocas Nature Center Trail System
Marker #2 - Yellow Trail
Marker 2 - Yellow Trail
The trail is now leaving the forest and entering the Nature Center’s largest meadow. The meadow provides habitat for a wide variety of wildlife, but must be maintained to combat succession and invasive plants. In warmer weather, you may hear the sounds of Northern Spring Peepers in the air, especially during the spring season. When Spring Peepers call for their mates, you can hear a quick high-pitched peeping sound that is very recognizable. The Spring Peeper is a small frog that grows to between ¾” to 1 3/8”. Its scientific name is Pseudacris crucifer, with “crucifer” referencing the cross that usually appears on its back. Spring Peepers eat mostly insects and as adults inhabit a variety of habitats with proximity to fresh water. During the winter they hibernate in deep cracks and crevices in logs or rocks and use a kind of natural anti-freeze in their bodies to survive almost completely frozen.