News from Big Gun Conservation Bank


One of the Largest California Red-legged Frog Populations in California!

A recently published paper, “History and Status of the California Red-legged Frog (Rana Draytonii) in the Sierra Nevada, California, USA”, has confirmed what we here at Westervelt have been touting about our Big Gun Conservation Bank all along – “Big Gun Diggings supports by far the largest R. draytonii population ever discovered in the Sierra Nevada, and one of the largest anywhere in California.”  The paper, published in the September 2013 issue of Herpetological Conservation and Biology, was writer by Sean J. Barry and Gary M. Fellers and reports on the history and current status of the species in California.  For a complete version of the paper and for additional information about the authors follow the link below:

Barry, S.J., and G. M Fellers (2013).  History and status of the California red-legged frog (Rana draytonii) in the Sierra Nevada, California, USA. Herpetological Conservation and Biology 8:456-502.

an image of a California Red-Legged Frog swimming in some murky water