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Water Wonders: Egg Sacs In the Creek

While walking on the trails with my daughter, she noticed some egg sacs in the creek.  At first glance, we thought they were frog eggs but after some more research we are wondering if they are salamander or newt egg masses.  We spent group time this week walking to the creek to see the egg masses and monitor any change.The children counted 4 egg masses. We also took this opportunity to learn about the frog life cycle.  We will continue to monitor the eggs. Time will tell us what they are!


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