Frog Hibernation and Breeding

Frog Hibernation and Breeding

Last winter, things were cold and quiet in the lab where we care for mountain yellow legged frogs—just as they are every winter. Trying our best to replicate their natural[…..]

“Toad in a Hole”

“Toad in a Hole”

Have you ever been stuck in a traffic jam? As you waddle forward you look right and left hoping to find a simple explanation for why you and a hundred[…..]

Frogs for the Future

Frogs for the Future

Frog nanny is not an official job title, but it’s been my reality this year. I’m the “nanny” for some 1,176 healthy Mountain yellow-legged frog (MYLF) tadpoles. This iconic California[…..]

The Art of the Western Snowy Plover’s Nest

The Art of the Western Snowy Plover’s Nest

Unlike most beach-nesting shorebirds, the western snowy plover has taken nesting to the level of an art form. I have been monitoring this threatened species during the nesting season as[…..]

One Day in Suzhou for the Yangtze Giant Softshell Turtle

One Day in Suzhou for the Yangtze Giant Softshell Turtle

With the last remaining breeding pair in captivity, the Yangtze giant softshell turtle Rafetus swinhoei is one of the world’s most critically endangered species. Housed together at China’s Suzhou Zoo,[…..]