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Frogs in Prison (11) More files... by Cyril Ruoso
In Washington's minimum security prison, the Cedar Creek Corrections Center, threatened Oregon Spotted Frogs are finding unlikely allies. Through a program called Sustainability in Prisons felons work with biologists to tend the wild-collected eggs, monitor the tadpoles and finally release young frogs back into their native habitat. Prisoners must compete to enter the program and maintain a record of perfect behavior to stay in it. They earn standard prison wages by doing tedious tasks like harvesting hundreds of crickets for frog food. Six months after hatching the frogs are ready for release but the inmates can only imagine the tiny amphibians' first hops into freedom; the men remain behind security fences until their own dates of release.
Oregon Spotted Frog (Rana pretiosa) biologist Mark Hayes with inmate checking implanted tracking device before release as part of sustainability in prison program, Cedar Creek Corrections Center, Wash...  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00518397 Oregon Spotted Frog (Rana pretiosa) biologist Mark Hayes with inmate checking implanted tracking device before release as part of sustainability in prison program, Cedar Creek Corrections Center, Wash...© Cyril Ruoso
Oregon Spotted Frog (Rana pretiosa) biologist Mark Hayes looking at frog raised by inmates as part of sustainability in prison program, Cedar Creek Corrections Center, Washington  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00518398 Oregon Spotted Frog (Rana pretiosa) biologist Mark Hayes looking at frog raised by inmates as part of sustainability in prison program, Cedar Creek Corrections Center, Washington© Cyril Ruoso
Oregon Spotted Frog (Rana pretiosa) being released into temporary tank by inmate who has raised the frog as part of sustainability in prison program, Cedar Creek Corrections Center, Washington  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00518400 Oregon Spotted Frog (Rana pretiosa) being released into temporary tank by inmate who has raised the frog as part of sustainability in prison program, Cedar Creek Corrections Center, Washington© Cyril Ruoso
Oregon Spotted Frog (Rana pretiosa) trio watched by inmate as part of sustainability in prison program, Cedar Creek Corrections Center, Washington  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00518401 Oregon Spotted Frog (Rana pretiosa) trio watched by inmate as part of sustainability in prison program, Cedar Creek Corrections Center, Washington© Cyril Ruoso
Oregon Spotted Frog (Rana pretiosa) in breeding tank checked on by inmate as part of sustainability in prison program, Cedar Creek Corrections Center, Washington  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00518402 Oregon Spotted Frog (Rana pretiosa) in breeding tank checked on by inmate as part of sustainability in prison program, Cedar Creek Corrections Center, Washington© Cyril Ruoso
Oregon Spotted Frog (Rana pretiosa) biologists and inmates photographing frogs to be released as part of sustainability in prison program, Cedar Creek Corrections Center, Washington  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00518399 Oregon Spotted Frog (Rana pretiosa) biologists and inmates photographing frogs to be released as part of sustainability in prison program, Cedar Creek Corrections Center, Washington© Cyril Ruoso
Oregon Spotted Frog (Rana pretiosa) biologist releasing frog that was raised by inmates as part of sustainability in prison program, Washington  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00518406 Oregon Spotted Frog (Rana pretiosa) biologist releasing frog that was raised by inmates as part of sustainability in prison program, Washington© Cyril Ruoso
Oregon Spotted Frog (Rana pretiosa) biologist Mark Hayes checking on released frogs that were raised by inmates as part of sustainability in prison program, Washington  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00518404 Oregon Spotted Frog (Rana pretiosa) biologist Mark Hayes checking on released frogs that were raised by inmates as part of sustainability in prison program, Washington© Cyril Ruoso
Oregon Spotted Frog (Rana pretiosa) near biologist Mark Hayes who is checking on released frogs that were raised by inmates as part of sustainability in prison program, Washington  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00518405 Oregon Spotted Frog (Rana pretiosa) near biologist Mark Hayes who is checking on released frogs that were raised by inmates as part of sustainability in prison program, Washington© Cyril Ruoso
Oregon Spotted Frog (Rana pretiosa) swimming in pond, Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Washington  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00518489 Oregon Spotted Frog (Rana pretiosa) swimming in pond, Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Washington© Cyril Ruoso
Oregon Spotted Frog (Rana pretiosa) floating in pond, Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Washington  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00518490 Oregon Spotted Frog (Rana pretiosa) floating in pond, Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Washington© Cyril Ruoso
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