Frog Pond

Supporting a vulnerable species in Mount Burdell Preserve.


The California red-legged frog was designated as the California state amphibian in 2015. Once common, the frog has disappeared from about 70% of its range, due to habitat loss and the introduction of competing predatory species. Growing up to five inches long, it is the largest native frog in the western United States. In the past, thousands of red-legged frogs were harvested annually for their legs, which were considered a culinary delicacy. 

The red-legged frog is currently listed as threatened under the U.S. Endangered Species Act and a species of special concern under California law. After the discovery of an adult red-legged frog in a small spring on Mount Burdell, the frog pond project was designed to create new aquatic habitat during this time of uncertainty in our environment. This project intends to provide a home to a variety of amphibians and support other wildlife.