• East view from Crissy Field overlook with old Coast Guard station on left and city on right

    Presidio of San Francisco


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California Toad

California Toad
A California Toad similar to what may occur at the Presidio.
Jens V. Vindum, © California Academy of Sciences

Natural History: The California Toad reproduces in standing water. It is generally nocturnal except in the spring when it is also active during the day. The males of the species tend to become territorial during the breeding season between January and July. Its level of activity is highly dictated by temperature.

General Distribution: This species can be found in ponds, streams, springs, and marshes.

Frequency: This animal is uncommon within the Presidio.

Identifying Characteristics: This toad is characterized by a dusky, gray or greenish color with dark blotchy warts and a white dorsal stripe.

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Did You Know?

Warren G. Harding, 29th President of the United States

While visiting the Presidio in August 1923, General Pershing learned that President Warren Harding had died at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco. It was Pershing's duty to accompany the body of the late President back to Washington D.C