With Easter just around the corner, we have been hearing a lot about the hopping bunny rabbits. But what about the frog? The neighboring town of Del Rey Oaks, CA is home to the Frog Pond Wetland Preserve, a 17 acre public park that is home to frogs, deer, hummingbirds, towhees, mallards and western fence lizards. The treasured wetland preserve is an important ecosystem that provides a wonderful opportunity to study and observe nature up close yet it's just minutes from downtown Monterey and Cannery Row. The Frog pond is easily accessible year round though it's especially beautiful in the spring time when blue Big Leaf Periwinkle are in bloom. Monterey Pines, Coastal Live Oak and Arroyo Willow are also abundant. Bird enthusiasts will enjoy this list of bird species common to the Frog Pond area. Directions to the Frog Pond and other local parks are available from the front desk at each of the Inns of Monterey. The park welcomes pets on a leash. Parking is available along Highway 218/Canyon Del Rey. See the Frog Pond map for more details and be sure to observe park rules.