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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.

Foothill Yellow-legged Frog
Photo by Jeff Alvarez

Foothill Yellow-legged Frog Ecology & Conservation Workshop
With Dave Cook and Jeff Alvarez
Friday, October 27 and Saturday, October 28, 2023
$300. Registration required.

Sold out, waitlist is open.

Lecture Location: Heron Hall, Laguna Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa, CA
Field Trip Location: Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, 2605 Adobe Canyon Rd, Kenwood, Ca.

This workshop is designed to provide practical knowledge on the life history, ecology and conservation of the Foothill Yellow-legged Frog (FYLF). This frog protected under the California Endangered Species Act and has been petitioned for listing under the federal Endangered Species Act.

The Friday morning lecture will review identification features at frog life stages and similar species, range and distribution, habitat requirements, behavior, survey techniques, conservation needs, and regulations. An accompanying field trip will be held at a nearby creek and known site of FYLF. Aquatic habitat types will be discussed and a demonstration of survey techniques provided. Personal transportation is required to the field trip. Carpooling is encouraged.


Lecture and Lunch: Friday, October 27, 8:00 am – 12:30 pm
Field Trip Session 1: Friday, October 27, 1:30 – 5:00 pm
Field Trip Session 2: Saturday, October 28, 8:00 am – 11:30 am
Field Trip Session 3: Saturday, October 28, 12:30 pm – 4:00 pm
*There are three field trip sessions. Each participant will attend one field trip session.

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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