You can hear them as you cruise along with your windows down: the brisk "rrrk! rrrk!" call of the Western Chorus frog.
Considered a threatened species due to habitat loss, Pseudacris triseriata is a snazzy little fellow, all greeny-brown with 'go-faster' stripes; but you are never going to see one, no matter how quietly you creep up. They are astonishingly good at falling silent at the slightest footstep.
Chorus frogs tend to choose temporarily wet meadowland and swampy open country as a breeding ground, which is plentiful throughout this municipality. Unfortunately, this preferred environment is sometimes unintentionally damaged or destroyed when landowners improve drainage or remove long, ragged vegetation.
Milaine Saumur, project coordinator for the Outaouais region for Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC), suggests by allowing these temporary wetlands to remain, we can not only encourage frog population but also allow frogs to move from area to area, thereby ensuring genetic strength for the species.
For information on how to identify and protect the environment of the Western Chorus frog in Pontiac, go to www.natureconservancy.ca