This is new and on-going workshop (you can join any time) was developed to expose biologists to a large number of California red-legged frogs in at least 3 different counties in California. The workshop will be field based and will require participants to meet at 4 locations in the State over a 12 month period. Participants should expect to handle approvimately 20 frogs of various life stages and also observe California red-legged frog egg masses in the field.
A syllabus and schedule can be obtained by emailing Workshops@thewildlifeproject.com. Our next scheduled meeting date should be mid-February 2020 (frog behavior dependant).
Special-status Herps from California, in Baja CaliforniaSOLD OUT!!
(Session A: March 30–April 4, 2020, or Session B: April 13–17, 2020)
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This is a field oriented workshop that is designed to allow you to see, collect, and handle special-status herps from California, but we conduct it in Baja California. The workshop is offered as a partnership between The Wildlife Project and Conservacion de Fauna del Norestre (a non-poprfit supporting herps in Baja).
The workshop leaders, both of whom are extremely accomplished herpteologists and great people, will guide you around to see dozens of species of wildlife, most of which are rare in California but can be handled in Baja. California red-legged frogs, arroyo toads, two-striped garter snake and many others are common and will be observed.
Accomodations are available at the Meling Ranch, and range from camping to cabins. Food can be self-prepared or ordered from the kitchen (authentic Mexican food cooked on a wood stove).
For those that rarely or never have travelled into Mexico, the group leaders meet in front of Starbucks in Ensenada and will guide you to the site. We will offer you hints on getting through the border (very easy), getting a tourist Visa (very easy), renting a car from Avis (approved to take into Mexico) or taking your own car, or even car-pooling. This is a very safe and easy trip.
In 2019 we found: (*special-status) California red-legged frog*, Arroyo toad*, Western spadefoot*, Pacific treefrog, California treefrog, Western toad, Black-tailed brush lizard, Coast horned lizard*, Legless lizard*, Orange-throated whiptail*, California glossy snake*, Red diamond rattlesnake*, Baja California coachwhip*, Two-striped gartersnake*, Granite night lizard, Baja California spiny lizard, and even California Condor*. We had a really great group of attendees; this workshop should not be missed! This workshop is a fund-raiser for Fauno.
Bullfrog contol measures in California red-legged frog habitat (May 2020)
------Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org for the next scheduled workshop------
In our recent workshop in 2019, we offered hands-on techniques and experience for removing bulllfrogs from creeks and ponds. The workshop included discussions on permitting, pellet rifle selection and use, gig techniques, and use of a Hawaiian sling. Bullfrogs were removed during the workshop. Likely location: Santa Clara County, and Tecate, Baja California, Mexcio (for those in Southern California). If you have a secondary location that we should consider, let us know.
This workshop fills very fast. Even if we are full/have a waiting list, do enquire since we can add another date if we have enough interest.
California tiger salamander terrestrial ecology workshop (April 3, 2020)
------nearly sold out for 2020!------
the focus is on the techniques used for terrestrial surveys for CTS;
a pitfall fence and traps will be installed on site with your participation;
we'll also visit field sites with pitfall arrays, tunnel crossings, and more.
------Contact the Central Coast Chapter of The Wildlife Society for the next scheduled workshop------
lecture portion focused on natural history, habitat associations, microhabitat components of each special-status amphbian, reptile, and chelonian in the central California coast region;
field portion focused on visiting habitats with species present and finding, identifying, and photographing all of the specimens that we find.
In 2019 we found: California red-legged frog (adults and larvae), Coast Range newt (and their eggs and larvae), Monterey ensatina, black-bellied slender salamander, Pacific treefrog (or chorus frog), southwestern pond turtle, western fence lizard, western skink, California kingsnake, western terrestrial garter snake. This workshop was co-lead by Sam Sweet, PhD whose experience along the central coast is invaluable. We had a really great group of attendees; you should catch the next one!
------We were sold out for 2018 and 2019, with a 50 person waiting list. We plan the next workshop in 2020-----
Our focus included a lecture portion that discussed select aspects of the natural history of the species, as well as the regulatory context in which we find this species currently. Permits and permitting were discussed. The field component included all participants walking along an occupied creek where we found, collected, and handled numerous foothill-yellow-legged frogs, as well as California giant slamander larvae.
We are planning:
Level II Foothill Yellow legged frog:
Three field visits to three different couties to see occupied habitat in different parts of the State.
"Western" Pond Turtle:
This turtle dedicated workshop should focuseon habitat use, nesting ecology, and general natural history.
San Francisco Bay Area Amphibians (co-led by David Cook)
------We were sold out for 2017, so watch for our next workshop------
In the past, the lecture portion foucsed on natural history, habitat associations, microhabitat components, while the field portion focused on visiting habitats with species present and finding, identifying, and photographing all of the specimens that we find.
For more information and questions about these workshops, or a workshop you would like designed, send email to Workshops@thewildlifeproject.com
What is going on with our treefrogs in California!?
The treefrog in California has gone through a few iterations of name changes for both scientific binomial and common name. Unfortunately, this has not ended (currently or in the future). The genus name of Pseudacris, which was recommended by Recuero et al. (see: Corrigendum to “Phylogeography of Pseudacris regilla (Anura: Hylidae) in western North America, with a proposal for a new taxonomic rearrangement". Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 39:293–304)appears to have been based on inappropriate sampling. More current is the change from Pseudacris regilla (Hyla regilla; northwest California),Pseudacris sierra(= Hyla sierra; Central California), Pseudacris cadaverina = Hyla cadaverina; southern California), and Baja California treefrog (Pseudacris hypochondriaca; southern California) to Hyliola regilla, Hyliola sierra, Hyliola cadaverina, and Hyliola hypochondriaca (based on Duellman et al. 2016. Phylogenetics, classification, and biogeography of the treefrogs (Amphibia: Anura: Arboranae). Zootaxa 1:1–109.). The most appropriate use of a scientific binomial for the Pacific treefrog, Sierra treefrog, California treefrog, and Baja California treefrog (yes, treefrog), is the use of the genus name Hylioa. The current names are:
Pacific treefrog (Hyliola regilla)
Sierra treefrog (Hylioa sierra)
California treefrog (Hyliola cadaverina)
Baja California treefrog (Hyliola hypochondriaca)
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