Martinelli Center
3585 Greenville Road, Suite 2
Livermore, CA 94550-6710
P (925) 371-0154
F (925) 371-0155

Ecology of the California Red-legged Frog Workshop
April 27 and 28, 2016       

The Alameda County Conservation Partnership and Los Vaqueros Reservoir & Watershed are pleased to host this workshop for the 12th consecutive year, co-sponsored by the San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve Coastal Training Program. California red-legged frog specialists Trish Tatarian, MSc.  and Greg Tatarian, Wildlife Research Associates, will be the instructors. The workshop includes day and night-time field sessions in small groups to allow for a more interactive experience with the presenters and species.  Class size is limited to 24 participants, with each night-time field session limited to 12 participants. The classroom session will be held at the Martinelli Center, 3585 Greenville Road, Livermore, and the field sessions will be held at Los Vaqueros.

Personal vehicles are required for traveling to the site; a liability waiver is required (see below under Important Information to complete) upon registration. Instructors will demonstrate decontamination techniques, detecting frog eye shine, and capturing, handling, sexing, and measuring tadpoles and/or adult frogs. Please review the Equipment list and Criteria for Selecting Light Sources and Binoculars documents below below (under Important Information) regarding the field sessions and the required and suggested equipment. This is especially important as suitable binoculars and SPECIFIC FLASHLIGHTS ARE HIGHLY RECOMMENDED FOR THE TRAINING, and it MAY TAKE TIME to locate one.

$450 – Includes breakfast and lunch. Confirmed registration is on a first-come, first-served basis, upon receiving payment, through our online registration form below. Information on required equipment can be found below.

Workshop Objectives

This is a great opportunity to receive training in species identification, field sampling techniques, and the habitat requirements of the California red-legged frog (CRF). Workshop information will be useful for evaluating CRF habitats, assessing potential impact from projects within the range of CRF, conservation planning, and those who provide educational outreach to agricultural producers.  Intended audiences include biological consultants, land managers and planners, researchers, and resource agency personnel. Please note: regulatory topics will not be covered in detail.

Workshop Agenda

April 28th
8 am to 2 pm –
Overview of the ecology of the California red-legged frog. Demonstration of equipment, frog identification, and PIT-tagging and radiotracking techniques.

2 pm to 6 pm – Field Site Instruction
Habitat requirements, corridors, pond designs, metapopulation dynamics, tadpole identification, and survey techniques. Personal vehicles required to travel to field site and liability waiver required.

April 27 OR April 28: 8 pm to 12 am – Night Field Session (choose one of two sessions) 
Night-time survey techniques. Trish and Greg Tatarian will demonstrate USFWS survey methodology, as well as catching, handling, sexing, and measuring of adult frogs. Students can then practice these methods at various ponds.

Please note: this workshop is not intended to satisfy all requirements to obtain CRF permits from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Please contact the agency for further information if obtaining a Federal permit is your goal.


Trish Tatarian has conducted over 10 years of telemetry research on California red-legged frog populations at various locations between the coastal populations and the Sierran populations, identifying movement parameters, terrestrial habitat requirements and chytrid infection rates per site. She's also a CEQA/NEPA consultant who works with private developers, State and federal agencies as a general ecologist, specializing in special-status amphibian, bird and mammal surveys.

Greg Tatarian - partner with Trish in Wildlife Research Associates, established in 1991, has worked for many years alongside Trish, conducting California red-legged frog surveys, assessments, radio telemetry studies, chytrid sampling and construction monitoring. Greg is a bat specialist, and holds a California Scientific Collection Permit and MOU with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife for bat research and surveys involving radio-telemetry, banding, genetic sampling, mist-netting and harp-trapping. Greg has extensive experience with bats in buildings, bridges, and other man-made structures, as well as natural habitat.

Important Information

Field Supplies and Equipment
Please bring field-ready clothing and footwear. Waders or hip boots are required for surveying ponds, and waders are strongly recommended. Binoculars and an LED hand-held flashlight is strongly recommended for the night survey to conduct protocol surveys. A head lamp is also recommended. A complete list of required and recommended equipment is below.  Participants will also be required to sign the waiver below in order to participate in the field sessions.

Food and Beverages
Breakfast and lunch will be provided in the classroom session. We will do our best to accommodate special dietary needs if registrants notify us in advance. Please note that the classroom and field sessions are in rural locations with few restaurants and no stores nearby.

Registration and Waitlist

Please register by Friday, April 8th, using the secure form below. You do not need to have a PayPal account - simply enter your credit card information. We apologize that we are not able to hold spots until payment is received – we have consistently had trouble in the past receiving payment when spots were reserved before they were paid for. Please contact us with any questions.

Once the workshop is at capacity, you can add yourself to the waitlist. We are often able to add people from the waitlist. Please provide your most reliable contact information - cell phone, most-checked email, etc.

The Elkhorn Slough Coastal Training Program is offering the same workshop, at the same price, on May 4-5. For more information on this workshop, see the workshop webpage or contact Haley Burgardt

Workshop Cancellation and Refunds
The Conservation Partnership reserves the right to cancel or postpone a workshop or a portion of an event such as a field session for any reason, particularly for the lack of sufficient registration, incapacity of leader/speaker, inclement weather, etc. In the case of cancellation, registrants will receive full refunds, and in the case of postponement those who are not able to attend the new date will receive full refunds.

Participants who wish to cancel their registration will receive a refund minus a $50 administrative fee if they inform Haley Burgardt by April 1st. Partial refunds after April 1st may be granted at the discretion of the RCD Executive Officer.

If you have questions about the workshop or registration process, please contact Haley Burgardt.

Thanks to our co-sponsor the San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve Coastal Training Program