They jump, they have long sticky tongues, some can get you high, and some can kill you. That’s right, we’re talking about frogs. Aside from the aforementioned, these often green buddies are also a keystone species and an important indicator of an ecosystem's health. Frogs play a vital role in the food webs through which matter and energy flow and their presence, population trends, or absence tells us a lot about the health of the ecosystems it inhabits. Plus — they are so cute. Help out these important neighbors by becoming a frog docent this spring! MMWD needs assistance from the community to help restore a healthy Foothill yellow-legged frog (Rana boylii) population within the watershed. Each year, docents are trained to monitor habitat conditions and to educate hikers about the foothill yellow-legged frog at Little Carson Falls, a popular hiking destination and a foothill yellow-legged frog breeding location. Docents monitor the falls between March and June — the time when the eggs and tadpoles are most vulnerable.
No previous experience or special knowledge is required. Frog docents must be at least 18 years old and capable of strenuous hiking. Becoming a frog docent is a great way to get outdoors, have an extraordinary volunteer experience, and contribute to public understanding and protection of this native species. Hope to see you out by the falls.