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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.
July 1, 1990 | ETHAN CANIN
I WAS AN INSECT COLLECTOR and was learning from my brother Lawrence to worship the scientific method. In grammar school I made a project of pinning the insects I scooped from the molding pile of grass and leaves in the yard next door to our house. Hundreds of earwigs and silverfish and slate-gray potato bugs scrambled in the glovesful of dirt I lifted from the pile and then sorted over a mayonnaise jar behind the back porch.
November 19, 1997 | From Associated Press
As scientists search for what is causing deformed frogs in Minnesota and elsewhere in the country, some researchers say the abnormalities might be related to sunlight. In laboratory experiments, scientists with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Duluth have induced frog deformities by using ultraviolet radiation, raising the possibility that harmful components in sunlight might have caused abnormal limb development in thousands of frogs in the last three years.
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.
June 1, 2011 | By John Boudreau
Lu Miao speaks very little English. He's never traveled outside of Asia. He's not a software engineer. But in a few short months, he became the founder of a successful software company selling apps in the United States and Europe. In less than half a year, Rye Studio has sold 1 million downloads of apps with traditional Chinese children's stories at 99 cents each for Apple Inc.'s iPad and iPhone. Lu bought a courtyard home in the city's tech hub, the Haidian district, and converted it into a playful office with a giant replica of a Michelangelo painting and a bamboo garden.
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.
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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