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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.

Registration Opens Thursday, September 1, 2022

California tiger salamander
Photo by Jim Maughn

California red-legged frog
Photo by Jeff Alvarez

Amphibians of the San Francisco Bay Area Workshop
With Dave Cook and Jeff Alvarez
Zoom Presentation: Friday, December 2, 2022. 8:30am 4pm
Field Trip to Private Preserve: Saturday, December 3 OR Sunday, December 4

$300. Registration required.

Location: Zoom presentation plus a local field trip to a private preserve in Sonoma County. Personal transportation is required.

This workshop is designed to provide an overview of the life history, ecology and conservation of frogs, toads, and salamanders that occur in the San Francisco Bay Area. Professional biologists and resource managers will receive practical knowledge of our local amphibians.

For each of the 16 species listed below specific information will be provided including identification features, range and distribution, habitat requirements, and behavior. Both common and rare species will be discussed.

American Bullfrog, Arboreal salamander, Black salamander, California giant salamander, California newt, California red-legged frog, California slender salamander, California tiger salamander, Foothill yellow-legged frog, Northwestern salamander, Pacific chorus frog, Red-bellied newt, Rough-skinned newt, Western spadefoot, Western toad, Yellow-eyed salamander.

NOTE: The Zoom presentation will not be recorded. Participants must plan on attending the Zoom presentation live and have a reliable internet connection. There will be plenty of time built into the agenda for questions and answers.

FIELD TRIP: The presentation group will be split into four field trips. The field trips are identical. Each field trip has a maximum of 20 participants. Select your preferred date and time during registration.

Sat., 12/3, 9 am - 11:30 am; or
Sat., 12/3, 1 pm - 3:30 pm; or
Sun., 12/4, 9 am - 11:30 am; or
Sun., 12/4, 1 pm - 3:30 pm

Please visit EventBrite registration page for more details.


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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