Restore Endangered-Frog Habitat

Yosemite Conservancy funds science interns and restoration tools to protect threatened Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frogs.

The Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog was a once-common species inhabiting Yosemite’s meadows. Visitors joyfully described their encounters with hundreds of frogs basking in the sun near high-elevation mountain lakes. Unfortunately, this keystone species is now proposed for listing on the endangered species list.

Past Conservancy funding allowed park scientists to reintroduce frog populations to encourage genetic diversity and help ensure the health of the species. This project will fund two science interns and restoration tools to support continuing conservation efforts, track frog population recovery, and assess and monitor population-restoration sites. At the same time, it will provide professional development and education of young scientists.

With your help, Yosemite can help prevent this unique species from disappearing, engage youth in wildlife conservation and ensure visitors can encounter Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frogs for years to come.

Partnering with Yosemite National Park, U.S. Geological Survey and Roland Knapp.

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Project Notes

We know that if we restore these habitats for the frogs that we are going be able to increase the number of healthy, viable populations in Yosemite. Hopefully we can keep this species from going extinct.

Heather McKinney
Aquatic Ecologist
Yosemite National Park