Brian Jones Pima County Flood Control
Enticed by the Pima County’s commuter incentive program, Brian Jones, with Pima County Flood Control, chose to ride his bike to work throughout the hot summer months. Why? To save baby frogs. Below Brian shares his story of floods, frogs and commuting to work.
“We had gotten a heavy monsoon storm during the night. With an August sun blazing in the morning, it was hot and humid. I would have liked to have driven my car to work instead of riding my bike, but I knew that there were probably dozens of tiny commuters who would need my help. After large storms, baby frogs disperse from a low lying area near my house and many try to cross a road that I commute down, but they are too small to jump up the vertical curbs and get trapped on the road. If unassisted, they die by day’s end. I have thus taken on the role of frog rescuer. Using a homemade frog scoop for just such a purpose, I rescued 68 frogs from certain death.
I felt great the whole day knowing that I had given all those frogs a fighting chance of finding a new home on the other side of the street. I can only imagine what people driving by me were thinking when they saw a bicyclist stopped on the road flinging frogs over the curb.”
Brian has saved about 200 frogs this rainy season and hundreds more last year. He mostly sees Woodhouse Toads and Sonoran Desert Toads.