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  •  I've been a pretty passionate frog and toad (7+ / 0-)

    and tadpole collector since I was a kid, and now that I'm grown up and have the responsibility of maintaining a school
    nature center which I designed, I monitor our tadpole and frog population every year, and occasionally add a few native frog and/or toad tadpoles or adults when I see them in the wild (nothing endangered or rare). I saw no tadpole population in the garden last year, although every year our tree frog (now "chorus frog") population produced tadpoles for at least a decade. (We have several artificial vernal pools or "ditches" or "road ruts" in the garden to attract the population.) I hope it's just the semi-drought situation in SoCal over the last year or so, and not something else.

    For about two years now I've been interested in obtaining a "species of special concern" on the west coast of the U.S., the spadefoot toad, Spea hammondi. (I'll have to obtain permission from Fish and Wildlife.) These guys would be isolated in an urban environment surrounded by sidewalks and blacktop. I've no doubt that they originally existed in vernal pools in Long Beach, CA many years ago
    (perhaps even where our "schoolyard habitat" now stands).  Hopefully, a population can thrive here that might escape the fungus, though no area, however isolated from other parts of nature, is safe, probably. If the drought continues, of course, there won't be any lasting vernal pool situations here either. I'm certainly worried about those little guys.

    "They come, they come To build a wall between us We know they won't win."--Crowded House, "Don't Dream It's Over."

    by Wildthumb on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 07:36:28 PM PST

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