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Plans to dig a 78-million-ton gravel mine in the Santa Clarita Valley would not jeopardize the survival of the endangered arroyo toad, federal officials said Thursday. Biologists for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service did not find any adult toads on the property surrounding the proposed Soledad Canyon mine, where arroyo toad tadpoles were discovered last spring in pools along the Santa Clara River.
May 2, 1996 | From Times staff and wire reports
Trout planted in Yosemite National Park's lakes and streams over the decades may partly explain declines in frog and toad populations, scientists say. Results of a 1992 survey published in the current issue of Conservation Biology indicate that there were fewer frogs and toads of most types than in 1915. Researchers said people began stocking Sierra streams in the 1920s with trout, which eat frog eggs, tadpoles and adult frogs.
April 20, 2004 | David Lukas
[ RANA MUSCOSA ] Sleeping under lakes lidded with several feet of ice and snow, the 2- to 3-inch-long yellow-legged frog of the High Sierra awaits not only the spring thaw but also critical decisions that will determine its fate. Once abundant in the Sierra Nevada and in mountain ranges circling the Los Angeles Basin, these hardy amphibians number fewer than an estimated 100 individuals in all of Southern California plus a remote area of Yosemite and Kings Canyon-Sequoia national parks.
September 24, 1995
The sore trees cast their leaves too early. Each twig pinching shut like a jabbed clam. Soon there will be a hot gauze of snow searing the roots. Booze in the spring runoff, pure antifreeze; the stream worms drunk and burning. Tadpoles wrecked in the puddles. Here comes an eel with a dead eye grown from its cheek. Would you cook it? You would if. The people eat sick fish because there are no others. Then they get born wrong. This is not sport, sir. This is not good weather.
September 21, 1985 | Michael Bunch \f7
Nearly 400 children participated in the Saddleback Valley YMCA's fifth annual Backyard Swim Program. Children 6 months to 3 years old participated in the recently completed Waterbabies sessions (also called the Mommy and Me programs), which are designed to help youngsters become acquainted with the water and learn fundamental aquatic skills. The Tadpoles division, a beginning swimmer course, accepted children 3 to 5 years old.
March 30, 2010 | By Jill Leovy
They're nearly always pregnant, like the mythical tribbles of "Star Trek" fame. They pass through gullets of fish unfazed. And they could bring disaster to native bugs, frogs and steelhead restoration efforts in the Santa Monica Mountains. New Zealand mudsnails have taken over four watersheds in the Santa Monica Mountains and are spreading fast, expanding from the first confirmed sample in Medea Creek in Agoura Hills to nearly 30 other stream sites in four years. The invasive species, found in many waterways in the U.S. West, the Great Lakes and Canada, reproduces asexually, so "it just takes one to infest a water body," said Mark Abramson, a stream restoration expert for the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission.
Schoolchildren on a nature walk in rural Minnesota were at first curious, then horrified, by what they found. A pond brimming with mutants: Baby frogs with too many legs, missing legs, crippled limbs, even missing eyes, as many freakish frogs as normal ones. Their discovery among the reeds and cattails of Le Sueur County in August 1995 was just the beginning.
January 2, 2011 | By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times
It's a lucky day for amphibian enthusiasts at Glen Austin wetlands: The giant bullfrogs of southern Africa are having sex. The mating ritual occurs just one day a year, after the first downpour of the Southern Hemisphere summer. The shallows of the wetlands north of Johannesburg become a splashing commotion as bullfrogs attack and toss each other about like pint-sized wrestling stars. The giant bullfrog is like Kermit on steroids. When it lunges ? and South African frog expert Vincent Carruthers has seen it attack horses ?
May 11, 2004 | Ashley Powers
The rare mountain yellow-legged frog recovers nicely in lakes once trout are expelled, according to a new study. The frogs swarmed the Sierra a century ago, but their numbers have plummeted since the 1980s and they are endangered in Southern California. UC Berkeley biologist Vance T. Vredenburg monitored 21 mountain lakes for eight years.
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