February 10, 2020

Climate change is making life hard for desert tortoises in the Southwest.

Few species are equipped to handle a hot and dry climate better than the desert tortoise. The ancient creature inhabits some of the harshest areas of the American Southwest. But with climate change making their home hotter and drier, and energy projects meant to limit carbon emissions springing up in the desert, the tortoises are being hit with a one-two punch.


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January 30, 2020


It's mating season for newts who inhabit Filoli in Woodside, Calif., and it's pretty much the only time of year that you'll be able to see them.


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January 15, 2020

Foundation gets big money to save tiny frog.

Sequoia Parks Conservancy gets $250,000 to help save the endangered mountain yellow-legged frogs from extinction in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.


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December 19, 2019

Foothill frog added to state's endangered species list.

Imperiled foothill yellow-legged frogs are found in less than half of their historic habitat in the Sierra Nevada and coastline regions of California.


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December 13, 2019

Coastal Commission approves 8 toad pools and habitat restoration at Crystal Cove State Park.

When it came time Thursday to approve development of eight pools to provide seasonal homes for toads, the California Coastal Commission hopped to it.


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December 11, 2019

Tweaking the approach to save the desert tortoise.

“Increase the size, increase the survival” is the premise behind head-starting—raising an at-risk species in captivity until it is large enough to be less vulnerable to predators after release into the wild. But research conducted by University of Georgia scientists in California’s Mojave Desert reveals larger size alone is not enough to save the desert tortoise from predator attacks.


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December 03, 2019

California red-legged frog delays South SLO County Sanitary District remodel.

The South SLO County Sanitation District members are working to upgrade the nearly 50 year old facility, but the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is concerned construction could impact the California red-legged frog, a species on the verge of being endangered.


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November 28, 2019

Which Bay Area Salamander Are You?

Ahh yes, salamanders. The under-appreciated amphibians, second to their more well-known and vocal (if slightly obnoxious) cousin the frog. For these slimy critters, existence under the forest floor or in murky bodies of water often hides them from even the most enthusiastic of hikers. This is true even in the Bay Area, despite the droves of people who go out into our many parks on the weekends. Nevertheless, the relatively urban Bay contains a surprising diversity of salamander species, each with their own flair! Read below to find out more about our Bay Area salamanders, and see if any of their unique personalities resonate with you.


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November 06, 2019

Snake fungal disease confirmed in California for 1st time

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife says Wednesday testing confirmed the disease in an emaciated California kingsnake found in Amador County. The snake was euthanized.


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November 02, 2019

Frogs “Toughed Out” Woolsey Fires.

Night surveys show a small number of threatened California red-legged frogs were able to tough out the Woolsey fire and subsequent mudslides but habitat may be unsuitable for breeding for years.


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