"Autumn Pipers"

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Spring Peepers (Pseudacris crucifer) heard near Blairsville, GA on October 23, 2020 at miday

Spring Peepers—sometimes called "Autumn Pipers" in the fall—are normally heard in early spring (thus their name) in the Eastern United States and Canada. Each autumn in North Georgia, however, these tiny frogs sing to their Creator Jesus in small numbers. This goes against the commonly held, but erroneous, notion that male frogs sing primarily to attract a mate. (The breeding season for Pseudacris crucifer is exclusively in the spring.) It is our conviction that the songs of all animals (frogs, birds, insects, wolves, whales, etc.) are first and foremost hymns to the Lord God of creation! That the females of each species are attracted to this singing is quite understandable; this is frequently the case with people.