|Handsome thighs of a California red-legged frog|
|Drs. Galen Rathburn and Norman Scott, Jr. researching and teaching about California red-legged frogs.|
|Sierran treefrog on lower left with eyes on the side of the head, California red-legged frog on upper right with eyes inset from side of head.|
|California red-legged frog tadpole with rows of tiny white spots extending back from eyes.|
|California red-legged frog tadpole with water boatman|
|Sierran treefrog tadpoles often had white swirls on their inflated bellies, perhaps coiled intestines.|
If I appear to lead a straight June Cleaver life on the outside, taking care of family and career, inside it feels like I'm living a richer experience of emotional waves and intellectual currents, clouds of philosophical plankton, and watery boundaries that are unseen in all directions. Every time I head out the Dipper gate, I follow a straight path down curvy Page Mill Road to the office and responsibilities. Every time I slip back onto the Dipper Ranch, I enter a world of observation, thought and the looped lives of countless animals and plants tangled together. I prefer the confusion on this side of the gate, but I'm glad the path back is straight and simple. Here's to another year of going outside, playing, then telling a story.
|A California red-legged frog in a jar|
California red-legged frog, Rana draytonii
Sierran treefrog, Pseudacris sierra
The Elkhorn Slough Coastal Training Program sponsored the above-mentioned workshop and posts extensive reference materials on the California red-legged frog on its website.