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Frogs Disappearing in Scotts Valley, CA – A Common Theme

“I have lived in Scotts Valley since 1967. As a kid I spent a lot of time exploring the fields, forests, and wetlands of my home. Back then you couldn’t walk ten yards across a field without encountering a garter snake or two. There were small ponds and swampy areas all around that were just full of frogs and snakes and stuff. It was a really great place to grow up and through my early curiosity in all things cold-blooded I developed a real appreciation for and interest in snakes and frogs. The reason I am writing now is that for the first time I can remember, when I open my window at night I can not here a single frog…not one…all year.

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I have lived on Glenwood Dr. next to the high school since 1997 (the year it was built) and until this year I could hear thousands of frogs every night from very early spring until about now – early October. When the school was built they put in a retention pond as part of their drainage plan. Until this year I could hear a lot of frogs in that pond as well as in drainage ditches, my yard, everywhere. This year…nothing.

About six years ago a 44 house subdivision went in across the street from my house and the school. This project also had a drainage plan that included retention ponds and other measures that were intended to mitigate impact on wetland areas. Again this seemed to work fine with lots of life finding it’s way to the ponds…until this year.

I guess I’m just wondering if anyone else has made this observation, and if there is anything that can be done about it.
I would be happy to help in any way possible.
Thanks, Randy”

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