- Habitat loss and degradation
- Introduction of exotic predators
Frog Docent Role
Volunteer docents are asked to commit to three four-hour shifts between February and June. 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. Yearly training is offered in early spring.
2018 Season Summary
This spring 20 docents (6 new and 14 returning) spent a total of 210.5 hours protecting yellow-legged frog breeding habitat at Little Carson Falls. Volunteers shared information about the frogs with 77 percent of the 672 visitors they encountered.
Docents observed a total of 82 dogs at the falls this season, and 22 dogs were off-leash. More than half of the off-leash dog owners quickly leashed their dogs upon request of docents. Out of 46 possible weekend shifts during the season, 70% were covered.
A record-tying number of 17 egg masses were documented at the falls in 2018. When considering egg mass numbers found over a 14-year period, a positive general trend has been observed – this is great news for our frogs and provides evidence that the docents’ efforts to protect vulnerable egg masses from disturbance truly have benefitted the population.
We are immensely appreciative of our docents: Frederic Leist, Marguerite Murphy, Peter Suri, Lorri Gong, Rob Ruiz, Galen Peracca, Ethan Fair, James Fair, Janet Bodle, Gerry Levandoski, Cindi Darling, Cathy Borg, Amber Lancaster, Cassidy Kohnle, Ed Earle, Sarah Miller, Rich Cimino, Pierre Minhondo, Raine Matthes, and Tracy Matthes. Thank you for all your time and hard work this season!
View the full report prepared by AmeriCorps Watershed Justine Brumm: Frog Docent Season Summary 2018.