Magazine article International Wildlife

Backyard Habitat Site in California Features Tree Frog Symphony

Magazine article International Wildlife

Backyard Habitat Site in California Features Tree Frog Symphony

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When NWF member Connie Pranger decided to create a modest wildlife habitat at her San Jose, California, home three years ago, she had no idea it would make her famous.

"We had been putting out wading pools for frogs and decided to give them better quarters by installing two small ponds, one in the back yard and one in the front," says Pranger, who teaches science to kindergartners and first graders.

Pranger and her family enjoyed sneaking out at night with a flashlight to peek at the dragonfly nymphs and tiny, two-inch-long tree frogs that had taken up residence in the ponds. While the calls of the male frogs during spring breeding season were music to the ears of the Prangers, some of their neighbors were not so enthralled. One called the local animal control agency, which proceeded to issue a warning about the noise.

Connie Pranger wrote to the Planning and Conservation League, NWF's California affiliate, for advice on "how to resolve the conflict between those who want to conquer nature and those who want to preserve it. …

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