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Re-Frogging America:
Building a frog pond on private land in Shingle Springs, CA

Re-Frogging America Homepage | Wetland Construction Workshops | Surveying The Site | Building The Wetland |
Thank You To These Donors

Introduction

frogs donateBuilding wetlands on private land is a fantastic way to provide habitat for amphibians and outdoor play areas for children, while educating the local community about the value of wetlands and wildlife. In May 2014, SAVE THE FROGS! Founder Dr. Kerry Kriger and wetland expert Tom Biebighauser designed a 72' x 36' wetland on private land in Shingle Springs, CA. The land was once a vibrant wetland but was long ago drained to create dry land for agriculture. On October 14th, 2014 we held a SAVE THE FROGS! Wetland Construction Workshop at the site and restored the property's damaged wetland, creating habitat for frogs and other wildlife, and educational opportunities and outdoor enjoyment for local children. Assisting with the project were biologists from British Columbia, Kentucky, Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area.

This project was in partnership with the Amphibian & Reptile Conservancy and the Center for Wetlands and Stream Restoration. The cost to implement this project was $3,715. Please support our wetland restoration efforts by donating to SAVE THE FROGS! so that we can build more wetlands and continue to Re-Frog America! Thank you to all who donated, thank you to the landowners, and thank you to everyone who helped construct the wetland!

"The pond is doing well. Lots of tadpoles and birds visit. We love it."

Shingle Springs wetland

May 2014: Surveying the site

Tom Biebighauser examines the soil. This site has wonderful clay, so we did not need a plastic liner to contain water when we built this wetland.Shingle Springs wetlands

Shingle Springs wetlands

Tom Biebighauser and the frog loving landowners:Shingle Springs wetlands

October 14th, 2014: Building the wetland

We built this wetland by shaping a shallow hole in the ground and compacting the clay soil so that water will not be able to escape. We expect the wetland to dry at least once per year, which will help prevent fish and non-native American Bullfrogs from establishing populations.

Shingle Springs wetland

Shingle Springs wetland

Shingle Springs wetland

Shingle Springs wetland

Shingle Springs wetland

Shingle Springs wetland

Shingle Springs wetland

Shingle Springs wetland

Shingle Springs wetland

Shingle Springs wetland

SAVE THE FROGS! Biologist Kathlyn Franco sprays water in the hole to moisten the soil and assist the excavator in compacting the clay:Shingle Springs wetland

Shingle Springs wetland

Shingle Springs wetland

Sadie takes a penetrometer reading to determine soil compaction:Shingle Springs wetland

Shingle Springs wetland

Shingle Springs wetland

Shingle Springs wetland

Shingle Springs wetland

Shingle Springs wetland

Shingle Springs wetland

Shingle Springs wetland

Tom teaches the art of constructing homes for toads:Shingle Springs wetland

Shingle Springs wetland

We laid out straw to prevent erosion and to assist the seeds we planted. The straw retains moisture and makes it difficult for birds to find and eat the seeds.Shingle Springs wetland

Shingle Springs wetland

Shingle Springs wetland

Shingle Springs wetland

Shingle Springs wetland

Thank You to these amazing donors!

Thanks to these donors for helping to make this wetland a reality!

-- Nature's Path Envirokidz Cereal
-- Amphibian & Reptile Conservancy
-- LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics
-- Fauna Tomlinson

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