Sign of spring

A wood frog floats in a vernal pool in Westmoreland on March 27. Wood frogs are one of the harbingers of spring in our region, as they emerge from their winter frozen condition and gather in vernal pools to mate. During the breeding season, males can be heard making quack-like calls. Females lay masses of up to 1,500 eggs, which absorb water to become about the size of a softball, according to the Harris Center for Conservation Education in Hancock.