This relatively small frog—the most primitive frog species in the world—is named for it's big "tail" (it's actually not a tail at all, so let's take a cue from the San Francisco Chronicle and use the term "copulatory organ"). Despite having what seems like a master evolutionary development to ensure survival of a species, the coastal tailed frog has become a species of special concern, primarily due to habitat loss. They need cold water to procreate, and when a forest is heavily logged, the water temperatures can rise. So the return of the coastal tailed frog to our Garcia River Forest is a great indication that our sustainable forest management practices are returning this ecosystem to its original healthy state.
Photo by Brome McCreary