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

Workshop on the Biology & Management of the
California Red-legged Frog
April 23 and 24, 2014      

Registration is now open!

The Alameda County Conservation Partnership and Los Vaqueros Reservoir & Watershed are pleased to host this workshop for the 10th consecutive year, co-sponsored by the San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve Coastal Training Program. California red-legged frog specialists Greg Tatarian and Trish Tatarian, MSc. 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.

$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 (CRLF). Workshop information will be useful for those working on projects and planning in CRLF habitat, and those who provide educational outreach to agricultural producers. It will also provide foundational knowledge for monitoring projects where potential impacts to CRLF have been identified. 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 24th
8 am to 2:30 pm –
Overview of biology and management of the California red-legged frog. Demonstration of equipment, frog identification, and PIT-tagging and radiotracking techniques.

2:30 pm to 6 pm – Field Site Instruction
Habitat requirements, corridors, pond designs, metapopulation dynamics, tadpole identification, and survey techniques.

April 23 OR 24: 8 pm to 12 am – Night Field Session (choose one of two sessions) 
Night-time survey techniques. Greg and Trish Tatarian will demonstrate catching, handling, sexing, and measuring of adult frogs.


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. A headlamp and an LED hand-held flashlight is strongly recommended for the night survey. 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 March 31st, 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.

Alternate Workshop
The Elkhorn Slough Coastal Training Program is offering the same workshop, at the same price, on May 14-15. For more information on these workshops click here.

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 4th. Partial refunds after April 4th 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