2013 Species of the Year
National Recreation Area's
2013: The year of the California Red-legged Frog!
The Golden Gate National Recreation Area’s far-reaching boundaries are home to more species that are listed by the federal government as threatened or endangered than any other national park site in the continental United States. Each year the GGNRA is featuring one of these special plants and animals through educational programs, events, restoration activities, and a variety of materials for park visitors of all ages.
The Species of the Year for 2013 is the threatened California red-legged frog!
The federally threatened California red-legged frog (Rana draytonii) once inhabited ponds and wetlands from Mendocino County to Baja California. They have been eliminated from 70 percent of this range because of harvest for the frog legs market in the 1800s, loss of pond and wetland habitat for development and agriculture, and the inroduction of non-native species.
San Francisco Bay Area national parks including Pinnacles National Park, Point Reyes National Seashore, and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, offer red-legged frogs much needed sanctuary.
In Golden Gate, the National Park Service and their partners have been working together on extensive restoration projects to construct ponds and wetlands for breeding frogs, and restore native vegetation. They have also been monitoring the frogs to see how the they respond to these changes, and have also done some radio tracking at Mori Point to learn more about how red-legged frogs move across the park’s landscape.
Learn more about these special and fascinating creatures through a 2-page resource brief, multimedia, and more. Also, you can come out and help California red-legged frogs! See below for special Species of the Year events and volunteer opportunities.
Events and Volunteer Opportunities (see calendar below for a complete listing):