Two days in a row, Kieran and I went to chase bullfrogs in some cattle ponds in Briones Park, out beyond the Berkeley Hills. On the first day we went to a pond we’ve visited many times before. But on the second day we hiked a ways up the trail to a new, bigger pond we’ve never explored. Both days were fantastic — we waded right in (up to my neck in some places!) with various nets and pursued the frogs, who mostly laughed at us. But we did catch a few! We also discovered many other interesting denizens of the ponds, which you can read about in another post.

Even our scanty winter rain has draped the hills in green!

Even our scanty winter rain has draped the hills in green!

Using a pipette with a rubber bulb to sample the water.

Using a pipette with a rubber bulb to sample the water.

Putting the water sample in a container.

Putting the water sample in a container.

On our first day we caught the biggest bullfrog we've ever seen.

On our first day we caught the biggest bullfrog we’ve ever seen.

Returning on the second day, we hiked to a different pond.

Returning on the second day, we hiked to a different pond.

The second pond was much larger.

The second pond was much larger.

We used various sweep nets to capture all sorts of creatures, including tadpoles, insects, and scuds.

We used various sweep nets to capture all sorts of creatures, including tadpoles, insects, and scuds.

Testing depth

A medium sized frog from the second pond.

A medium sized frog from the second pond.

On the second day we caught (and released) four or five big frogs.

On the second day we caught (and released) four or five big frogs.

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