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Workshops for Biologists

For almost two decades, the Laguna Foundation has partnered with herpetologists, Dave Cook and Jeff Alvarez, to bring practical training to professional biologists, resource managers, and students. Our past events include the Rare Pond Species Survey Techniques Workshop, the California Tiger Salamander Terrestrial Ecology Workshop, the Amphibians of the San Francisco Bay Workshop, and the Foothill Yellow-legged Frog Workshop. Each year, these popular workshops bring together groups from all over the west coast to learn about the ecology, conservation, and field survey techniques of our local rare pond species.

Stay Tuned for These Upcoming Workshops

Summer 2023 (Date TBD): Western Pond Turtle Workshop
October 2023 (Date TBD): Foothill Yellow-legged Frog Workshop

About the Instructors

Dave Cook and Jeff Alvarez are experts on amphibian and reptile ecology and conservation, conduct herpetological research, and hold state and federal permits for sensitive species.

Refund Policy

Cancellations received more than 30 days in advance of the event date will receive a refund minus a $50.00 processing fee. No refunds will be granted within 30 days of the workshop regardless of the participant's personal or professional emergency. Tickets are transferable within your agency, if needed. As the pandemic continues to shift, we will update participants if Health Orders or if other guidance requires us to cancel this workshop which would allow for a full refund.


The Wildlife Project specializes in environmental compliance and technical field surveys, specifically, assisting clients with mitigation development and monitoring, special-status species surveys and habitat evaluations, biological assessments, survey and monitoring technique development, and biological consultation. The Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation works to restore and conserve the Laguna de Santa Rosa, and to inspire public appreciation for this Sonoma County Wetland of International Importance.

Questions? Please email Workshops@LagunaFoundation.org.

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