Pacific Southwest Region 2023 California red-legged frog Recovery Champions
Carlsbad Fish and Wildlife Office
Top to Bottom/Left to Right: Clark Winchell, Frank Santana, Anny Peralta, Jorge Valdez-Villavicencio, Bradford Hollingsworth, Judy Wheatley, Charles Wheatley, Elizabeth Gallegos, Robert Fisher, Susan North, and Adam Backlin. Credit: USFWS

Clark Winchell – U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 

Anny Peralta – Fauna del Noroeste A.C. 

Jorge Valdez-Villavicencio – Fauna del Noroeste A.C. 

Bradford Hollingsworth – San Diego Natural History Museum

Charles and Judy Wheatley – Wheatley Ranch 

Robert Fisher – U.S. Geological Survey 

Susan North – The Nature Conservancy of California 

Frank Santana – City of San Diego 

Adam Backlin – U.S. Geological Survey 

Elizabeth Gallegos – U.S. Geological Survey

California red-legged frog recovery partners have collectively moved the species closer to recovery, most notably through their efforts to reestablish the frog in the southern-most portion of its range where it had disappeared decades earlier. Over the years, these individuals have demonstrated extraordinary vision, leadership, and collaboration in developing a bi-national plan for reintroducing the species, which includes transporting egg masses from Baja California, Mexico, to sites in Riverside and San Diego counties, California. Efforts to work with landowners to identify suitable habitat for releases, along with management and monitoring of the species, exemplify the Service’s mission of working with others to conserve species and their habitats for the benefit of the American people.

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