ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Wildlife sounds, a fishing tournament to benefit military veterans, and the return of an outdoors tradition for local children all make up this week’s Outdoors Bound grab bag of news.

Sounds of Spring

Spring is here and the thoughts of young frogs turn to love. And, they aren’t shy about letting everyone else know it.

If you step outside in the evening at this time of year, you are likely to hear the calls of spring peepers as they search for mates. Peepers are a tiny species of frog that make a big noise. In fact, female peepers choose their mates on the volume of the male’s call.

Mating season for peepers runs through June. You can find their eggs in bunches in ditches, wetland pools, and ponds around the commonwealth. They will hatch into tadpoles in about two weeks.

The Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources (DWR) tells us peepers are vital to our ecosystem and an important link on the food chain. Many animals, birds, and fish feed on peepers, and peeper eat a lot of insects to help keep the insect population under control.

Tournament to Benefit Vets

The Second Annual Fishing For the Fallen Striped Bass Tournament will be held this weekend. The contest is put on by the veterans support group, The Fallen Outdoors. The group engages military veterans by providing them with opportunities to hunt and fish. The tournament teams are made up of military veterans.

If you want to show your support, the tournament will be held this weekend at Crazy Horse Marina at Smith Mountain Lake.

Kids Fishing Event Returns

The Pulaski County Kids Fishing Day is making a comeback. It was cancelled the past two years because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Organizers say it will be held this year. The date is set for May 7 at Camp Powhatan in Hiwassee.