Appleton-Whittell Research Ranch Living Gently on the Land Potluck and Presentation Educational Series events are scheduled the 2nd Saturday each month September through May each year (with the exception of December). We begin at 5 pm, with the potluck dinner at 5:30 pm, and the presentation immediately following. Unless otherwise indicated, tea, coffee and place settings are supplied. Guests must bring a dish to share. RSVP to Suzanne Wilcox.
Hunter McCall will be here next Saturday April 14 to give a presentation on the biology and conservation of Chiricahua Leopard Frogs in the sky islands of Arizona. Hunter is an amphibian and reptile biologist with the Arizona Game and Fish Department out of Phoenix.
Nearly one-third of the more than 7,000 known species of amphibian in the world are threatened. The Chiricahua leopard frog (CLF), one of the 25 amphibian species native to Arizona, is among those species that have experienced dramatic declines. Absent from as much as 80% of its historical range, the CLF was federally listed as threatened in 2002. In the 15 years since, thanks in part to one of the largest amphibian reintroduction programs in the country, the Chiricahua leopard frogs has been making a comeback.