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Item Title = California Red Legged Frog
Effective January 1, 2015, California will have a new official state amphibian: the California red-legged frog. Perhaps best known for its probable appearance in Mark Twain’s short story “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County,” the California red-legged frog (Rana draytonii) is the largest native frog in the western United States and is almost exclusive to California.
During the Gold Rush, miners ate nearly 80,000 frogs per year. Recent development and competition from invasive species have also been hard on the California red-legged frog. It has lost 70 percent of its former habitat range, and in 1996, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service listed it as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. It is now found primarily in coastal regions from Marin County to northern Baja California.
The dirty white pieces were salvaged from the balcony of Cabona’s in Historical downtown Truckee. Old brown lumber came from the Sebastopol area that dates back to Luther Burbank’s farms from the 1870’s. The dark green Lumber as well as the beak was salvaged in 2012 from the historic Richardson home located High Street in Truckee CA. The white on the neck and belly are from a home on 3rd street downtown Sausalito. There’s some dirty red colored lumber that come from the cabin railings of Truckee Donner Historical Society’s Joseph Research Cabin Library. The blue is a snow pole from the Montano homes as well as the red frame wood. The black came from a futon bed that was left out at the Tahoe Forrest Hospital Thrift Shop.
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