Sunday Salamander Search: Dec 26th in Santa Cruz

You are cordially invited to join me this Sunday, December 26th at 12pm for a hike around my favorite place in Santa Cruz Country: the Fall Creek Unit of Henry Cowell State Park. We will do a 3-4 mile leisurely hike through the park, and should see a few salamanders. You will have the opportunity to ask me your amphibious questions, and it will be a great chance to meet other SAVE THE FROGS! supporters.

This Sunday, December 26th 2010. We will depart from the parking lot on the park’s south side at 12pm, rain or shine and should return by 3pm.

Dress appropriately for the weather. There is not much sunshine in the park even on a clear day.
There are no restroom facilities at the parking lot or along the trail.
Hiking boots are recommended.
All ages are welcome, though the middle section of the hike can be hilly.
For those only wanting to hike the easy section, no problem, you can turn back after a mile and find your way back easily.

The park is on the northwest side of Felton, which is 15 minutes north of Santa Cruz. From the main intersection in Felton, head WEST on Felton Empire Road about a mile. The Fall Creek parking lot will be on your right (north). If you are driving too fast, you will miss it…plus there may be salamanders crossing — so go slow.

Please email me at to let me know how many will be in your party.

The hike is FREE, though I strongly urge you to place a tax-deductible donation to SAVE THE FROGS! before, during, or after the hike. Your support has helped us have an incredible first year in Santa Cruz, and will ensure that we have an even more successful 2011.
Donate online at:
Donate by phone: Call 1-877-75-FROGS
Donate by check: Made out to SAVE THE FROGS!
Donate by credit card live at the site: if the wireless signals in which we generally bathe are permeating the parking lot.
Thank you!


SAVE THE FROGS! relocated from Virginia to Santa Cruz in February 2010. Since our arrival in California, we have accomplished a significant amount to protect the state’s natural heritage:

— I gave 45 free public presentations on amphibian conservation in California, at venues including the Monterey Bay Aquarium, California Academy of Sciences, the Santa Cruz Library and several local schools.

— The 2nd Annual Save The Frogs Day (April 30th, 2010), an event we conceived and coordinate, was legally recognized by Santa Cruz Mayor Mike Rotkin, who attended my Save The Frogs Day talk at Monarch Community School. The 2nd Annual Save The Frogs Day was the largest day of amphibian education and conservation action in the planet’s history, with 104 events in 21 countries.

— We succeeded in getting San Francisco’s Restaurant Gary Danko to remove the wild-caught Pig Frogs (Rana grylio) from their menu, making them the first restaurant in the world to remove frog legs from their menus for environmental reasons — and setting an important precedent in the culinary world.

— We succeeded in making California the first state in the country to ban the importation of non-native frogs and turtles for use as food. These non-natives become harmful invasive species that prey on native wildlife and spread disease.

— We helped get the California Tiger Salamanders listed as threatened under the state Endangered Species Act.

— We are about to start restoring habitat for endangered California Red-Legged Frogs at Antonelli pond on the west side of Santa Cruz.

— We’ve started a long-term ecological monitoring project in partnership with San Lorenzo Valley High School.

— We also have programs worldwide!


Dr. Kerry Kriger
Save The Frogs – Founder, Executive Director, Ecologist