The sounds of spring (redux)

Volume 11, Issue 37; 08 Apr 2008; last modified 08 Oct 2010

The wood frogs are the first spring chorus.

Here in New England, the first calls of spring often come from Wood Frogs. Sometimes they call before all the ice has even melted off the ponds.

All the ice is gone now, and the peepers are out, but it's still early and the wood frogs are calling. On this recording, they're faint and at a distance, but you can still hear them.

Ignore the wind, and the few peepers, you're listening for the wood frogs in the background: they sound like angry ducks squabbling.


Hello, After seeing a picture of a french lizzard on your blog a couple of months ago I begun to think about letting your hear about a somewhat unexpected use of your Website Docbook DTD. Now that you're writing about frogs and frog songs, I think it's time :

Even if it's in french, there is a lot to see and to hear (e.g. on these few pages.

Yes it is Docbook, with footnotes in tables, bibliography entries. I guess <audiodata> is not the most popular tag in technical documentation, but it is used here extensively. This site has been on the web for 3 years now. The collection of amphibian recordings is almost complete. I would have enjoyed including the distribution maps as SVG files but my skills are too limited to figure out how to do it.

I have chosen Docbook as a website framework because I had some experience with technical documentation using Docbook at my office. I am quite happy with the result. The major problem I see with this technology is that writing pages requires some background in computer science. And my colleagues are herpetologists, not hackers. So coupling theses pages with a wiki might be a good idea.

Best regards from Strasbourg, France

—Posted by Guillaume Dutilleux on 10 Apr 2008 @ 08:41 UTC #

Very cool, Guillaume!

—Posted by Norman Walsh on 10 Apr 2008 @ 08:47 UTC #