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Save The Frogs Day Events - 2009

The main 2010 Save The Frogs Day page is here.

Save The Frogs Day 2009 events took place in 16 countries: USA, Canada, Italy, China, India, Croatia, Australia, Colombia, South Africa, Bangladesh, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Nepal, Portugal, Switzerland, Madagascar.

Here's a partial recap of some of the events that took place on the 1st Annual Save The Frogs Day, April 28th, 2009.

Charlottesville, Virginia

April 28th, 7pm

Save The Frogs DaySAVE THE FROGS! Founder & Executive Director Dr. Kerry Kriger discussed the threats to amphibians and the necessary actions that must occur in order to prevent further amphibian declines and extinctions. The presentation featured many of his photos of amphibians from around the world, and there was a question and answer session following the talk.

Location: Ivy Creek Natural Area Education Building
1776 Earlysville Road (off West Rio Road)The Ivy Creek Natural Area is located located ½ mile north of Summers Market on Earlysville Road (Route 743). View Map. This talk was hosted by the The Nature Conservancy and Ivy Creek Foundation.

Boulder, Colorado and surroundings

Ecosymposium: April 4th, University of Colorado, Boulder: “Complexity in Conservation: Unraveling the Causes of Amphibian Decline in Colorado” by Dr. Pieter Johnson (see attached flyer): open to the public

Biology Club: April 13th, University of Colorado, Boulder: “Amphibian Conservation Research across North and South America” by Robert Jadin and Sarah Orlofske (graduate students): open to CU students

Colorado Water Institute: April 16th, Colorado State University, Colorado Water Institute: “Amphibian Declines: Understanding Complexity in Conservation” by Dr. Pieter Johnson; see news coverage in http://www.today.colostate.edu/story.aspx?id=1171

CU Museum BioLounge: April 22nd, University of Colorado, Boulder: “Sick and Twisted: The Meaning Behind Malformed Frogs” by Dr. Pieter Johnson; open to the public (see attached flyer)

CU Museum BioLounge: April 22nd, University of Colorado, Boulder: “Worldwide Declines and Extinctions of Amphibians” by Dr. Cynthia Carey; open to the public (see attached flyer)

Ryan Elementary: April 29th, fourth grade classrooms, Louisville, Colorado: activity and discussion of frog declines and ways to help conserve them by Sara Hellmuth and Katie Dosch

Creekside Elementary: April 30th, fourth grade classrooms, Boulder, Colorado: discussion of frog declines and ways to help conserve them by Sara Hellmuth

Moore Elementary School - Kindergarten: April 28th. 10am-11am
SAVE THE FROGS! Advisory Committee member Dr. Erin Muths will be giving three free 20-minute lectures on the amphibian extinction crisis. This will be a PowerPoint presentation with many photos of amphibians from around the world. Topics will include the causes and extent of the problem, as well as ways to stop the population declines – all couched towards the young and young at heart.

Horizon High School - Dr. Lauren Livo spoke about amphibian extinctions to 11th and 12th graders in the ALPS program at Thornton, Colorado

Yellowstone National Park, WY

April 28th Time: 5:00 pm-6pm
Mammoth Hotel's Map Room

Talk description:
Director of Environmental Affairs for Xanterra Parks and Resorts at Yellowstone, Beth Pratt gave a free 45-minute lecture on the amphibian extinction crisis. This was a PowerPoint presentation with many photos of amphibians from around the world, including a review of recent studies in Yellowstone. Topics included the causes and extent of the problem, as well as ways to stop the population declines.

Talk was hosted by Xanterra Parks & Resorts at Yellowstone. Free and open to the public.

Durham, NH

Date: April 28th Time: 12:40-2pm
Location: University of New Hampshire, 329 Nesmith Hall, Durham, NH 03824

Daniel Hocking, a Ph.D. student studying amphibian ecology and conservation at the University of New Hampshire, gave a free 45-minute lecture on the amphibian extinction crisis. There were refreshments and there was a question and answer session after the talk. Talk was hosted by the UNH Department of Natural Resources and the Environment. Free and open to the public.

Indianapolis, Indiana

April 28, Holliday Park at 7pm.

Wendell Zetterberg, Jr., a Volunteer with FrogWatch USA, the Indiana Amphibian Monitoring Program, Hoosier Herpetological Society and SAVE THE FROGS! spoke at 7pm, Tuesday April 28th at Holliday Park about declining amphibians, globally and locally, including Indiana’s unique native frog and toad species, and why we should protect them.

Puerto Rico

Dates: April 21 and 29. Time: 6 pm- 10 pm
Location: University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras –Natural Sciences Faculty Anf. # 142, and Campus grounds.  

There was a 40 min illustrated talk given by Dr. Rafael L. Joglar on the amphibians of Puerto Rico, with emphasis on the lowland coquis that one can observe in the San Juan Area. He discussed ways to identify all the species in Puerto Rico, the conservation problems that they face, and what you can do to help these animals. Afterwards, attendees divided into smaller groups led by other experts like Dr. Patricia Burrowes, Ana Longo, Andrés Rodríguez and other students from their lab, and went on guided nocturnal tours around campus to look for different amphibians, notice their calls, and observe them in their natural habitat. More info is available at http://proyectocoqui.org/

Talk was hosted by The University of Puerto Rico, Proyecto Coqui, UPR Environmental Education Student Organization, Sierra Club, and GEA-PR (a local Amphibian Specialist Group). Free and open to the public.

Beijing, China

April 28th, 2:20pm-3:50pm
Location: Zhongguancun Second Primary School at Zhongguancun Beiyitiao, Haidian District, Beijing, China

Talk description:
A free 90-minute lecture on the amphibian extinction crisis was presented by Dr. Baichangming of the Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Science. This lecture was transmitted live to all 3,000 of the school's students, and will be free to public. This was a PowerPoint presentation with many photos of amphibians. The following questions relating to Chinese amphibians were reviewed:

What is the current conservation status of amphibians in China?
What are the most important threats to Chinese amphibians?
What are the most important regions in China for amphibian conservation?

Gold Coast, Australia

April 28th, 12pm at the Griffith University Lecture Theatre G30_1.09

Global Amphibian Declines: Past, Present and Future

SAVE THE FROGS! Board of Directors Member and Associate Lecturer Dr. Jean-Marc Hero presented an update on past declines, what is happening now, and what we need to do to protect frogs in the future. Dr. Hero is well recognised internationally as a leader in amphibian research. His frog research team at Griffith University are currently involved in species recovery (habitat restoration and captive husbandry), amphibian disease and the impacts of chytridiomycosis (a pathogenic fungus that is lethal to amphibians), and has recently formed a global research team to examine the impacts of climate change on amphibians. This seminar provides an overview of the current global amphibian declines, research at Griffith and how we can mitigate declines in the future.

Gold Coast, Australia

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary hosted a series of events on the 28th of April aimed at informing the community of the current alarming crisis regarding amphibian extinctions. The presentations revealed what is happening worldwide and what is being done locally to address the concerns. Featuring SAVE THE FROGS! Board Member Dr. Jean-Marc Hero and renowned wildlife photographer Steve Parish.

Schedule:
11am: Welcome from Matt Hingley, Manager Life Sciences at Currumbin.

1105 am: Presentation on Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary's Litoria spenceri conservation and wild recovery project. Speaker: Amphibian ARK Officer Natalie Hill

1130am: Presentation/photography workshop with Australia's renowned photographer Steve Parish.

12pm: Free time/ Lunch

1pm: Tour through Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary's Amphibian Precinct with a guided presentation to reveal the detailed design and operation of the Litoria spenceri recovery program.

2pm: Presentation, "The Amphibian Extinction Crisis." by Dr Jean-Marc Hero, Associate Professor - Vertebrate Ecology at Griffith University.

3pm: Q & A Session featuring our Amphibian Experts

330pm: Frog Documentary Presentation

Cost: $31: This is entry to the park for adults at kids prices, plus $10 for the additional events. All proceeds for the events will fund the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and Griffith University Amphibian Research and Conservation Project. Please RSVP by calling 1300 886 511

Elanora, Queensland, Australia

Biologist Clay Simpkins of Griffith University conducted a total of nine presentations at Elanora State Primary School. This included three Year 2 classes, a Year 3 class and six Year 6 classes. Each class contained between 23 and 28 students. Says Clay: "Teachers from each class were also present. They all enjoyed it and the teachers agreed that they had learnt alot and that the information from the presentation would help in future lessons".

Brisbane, Australia

Date: April 28th; 1pm
Location: Kathleen Lambourne Building, University of Queensland, Saint Lucia Campus

Danial Stratford (PhD candidate, Griffith University) gave a free 45-minute lecture on the amphibian extinction crisis. This will be a PowerPoint presentation with many photos of amphibians from around the world. Topics included the causes and extent of the problem, as well as ways to stop the population declines.

There was a question and answer session after the talk. Talk was hosted by Queensland Frog Society, University of Queensland and Griffith University. Free and open to the public. Tea, coffee and refreshments provided.

Torino, Italy

April 28th, 2pm to 6pm
Museo Regionale di Scienze Naturali, Via Giolitti, 36, Conference Room

Talk description:
The day was dedicated to the SAVE THE FROGS! events, and, in particular, to the presentation of the ACSAM (A Conservation Strategy for the Amphibians of Madagascar) and three related books published by the Turin Museum. In the morning there will be a technical table for the ACSAM project, while in the afternoon there will be the talks of Franco Andreone, Gerardo Garcia, Denis Vallan, Samuel Furrer, Angelica Crottini, Angus I. Carpenter, Gonçalo Rosa. Details can be found here. Talk is hosted by Museo Regionale di Scienze Naturali

Johannesburg, South Africa

Date: May 14th; Time: 10:30am-12:00pm
Location: Board Room at the Endangered Wildlife Trust’s Head Offices located in The Gold Fields Environment Centre, Johannesburg Zoological Gardens, Erlswold Way, Parkview, South Africa.

Giant Bullfrog Project Executant and PhD student Caroline Yetman gave a free 1.5 hour lecture on the amphibian extinction crisis. Topics included the extent and causes of the crisis, recent international amphibian conservation campaigns, the conservation status of South Africa’s frogs, and time-permitting, a crash-course for recognizing the ten main types of frogs found in South Africa. Free & open to the public. A map to the venue is accessible on the EWT’s website. EWT contact person: Jo-Anne Schermeier: tel: +27 (11) 486 1102; e-mail: joannes@ewt.org.za.

St. Francis, South Africa

St Francis Conservancy hosted a Fun Evening at St Francis Links to support SAVE THE FROGS!. Warren Mansen gave a talk on his Frogging Safaris, Les Brent showed her ingenious methods of saving frogs from drowning in swimming pools, and Carolyn Greathead showed some of her exquisite pictures of local wildlife. Tuesday 28th April 6.00pm at the St Francis Links Clubhouse.

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Date: April 28th 2009; 1pm-3pm
Location: David Thompson Secondary School, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Urban Ecologist and Architect, David Wong gave a free presentation on the amphibian extinction crisis, and the value of frogs in the urban environment. This was a PowerPoint presentation with many photos of amphibians from around the world, and a collection of the native Pacific treefrog, and representative species from several continents. Topics included the causes and extent of the problem, as well as ways to stop the population declines, and the importance of frogs to humans. Free and open to all students and their invited guests.

Fort-Dauphin, Madagascar

Date: 28th April 2009. Time: 2pm-4pm
Location: Centre d’interprétation, QMM, Mandena, Fort-Dauphin, Madagascar.

The conservation team of QIT Madagascar Minerals (QMM) gave a free lecture on the importance of amphibians to humans and the environment. This was a PowerPoint presentation with many photos of amphibians of Madagascar. Topics included the relationship between human, frogs and amphibians, as well as ways to stop the population declines. There was a question and answer session after the talk. Open to QMM employees.

Madagascar Frogs Day 2009

Lisbon, Portugal

April 28th; Time: 10:30am-4pm
Location: Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon, Portugal

Talk description:
Dr. Eduardo Crespo gave a free 30-minute lecture on the history of herpetology in Portugal. Dr. Rui Rebelo gave a free 30-minute lecture on amphibian biology, ecology and diversity. Dr. Maria João Cruz gave a free 30-minute lecture on amphibian's main threats, focusing on the invasive crayfish P. clarkii. Dr. Lucília Tibério, from Lisbon Zoo, gave a free 30-minute lecture on amphibian ex-situ conservation. There was a question and answer session after the lectures. Free and open to the public.

St. Francis Bay - South Africa

To support this wonderful cause and create local awareness of the necessity to protect amphibians, St Francis Conservancy hosted a ‘Save the Frogs’ evening at St Francis Links. Carolyn Greathead provided a spectacular slide presentation of her magnificent wildlife pictures, including many of the resident and endangered frogs. Les Brent provided information on ‘Frog Ladders’ for swimming pools, which have proved invaluable in saving hundreds of frogs from drowning and Warren Manser gave a fascinating talk on his ‘Frogging Safaris’ which are conducted from The Dunes Country House. Joan Barnes created a charming poster to advertise our evening. Steyn from The Book and Sandra Hardie supported the cause with an abundance of environmental and identification books. 

Habiganj, Bangladesh

Date: May 2nd
Time: 10:00am-2:00pm
Location: Sajahanpur Government Primary School, Teliapara,

Amphibian conservation with Sayam Chowdhury: "We have 34 species of amphibians in Bangladesh! To name one, the Htun Win's Tree Frog (Rhacophorus Htunwini) was first discovered in Myanmar (2005), and outside Myanmar lives only in Satchari National Park and some other mixed evergreen forests of Bangladesh. Hence this frog has a global significance and can play the role of the “frog conservation ambassador” in Bangladesh.

We visited Sajahanpur Government Primary School (the one nearest to Satchari). We said a few words on frog conservation and arranged a painting competition. We also translated frog conservation education materials to Bangla and distribute amongst teachers. We targeted 5th grade students; approximately 50 students participated in the painting competition and PowerPoint presentation." Hosted by Birds Bangladesh

The University of Chittagong joined in as well:

Bangladesh Save The Frogs Day

Bangladesh Save The Frogs Day

Bhaktapur, Nepal

Date: April 21st
Time: 12am-3pm
Location: Auditorium of Everest English School, Bhaktapur, Nepal

Rijan Tamrakar of Nepal gave a free 45-minute lectures on the amphibian extinction crisis. Altogether 77 students in class nine took part in the program. Ms. Beauty Pandey who attended the program then presented the knowledge she gained during the session in front of the whole school (school assembly) on 28th April, 2009 on the occasion of Save the Frogs Day.

Date: April 24th
Time: 11am-12am
Location: Auditorium of Khwopa College, Bhaktapur, Nepal

Talk description:
Rijan Tamrakar of Nepalgave a free 45-minute lectures on the amphibian extinction crisis. This was a PowerPoint presentations with many photos of amphibians from around the world. 31 students attended. Topics included the causes and extent of the problem, as well as ways to stop the population declines.There was a question and answer session after the talk. Talks were hosted by Everest School, Bhaktapur, Nepal, and by the Forum for Environment Management and Sustainable Development, Nepal (FEMSD, Nepal).

Guwahati, Assam, India

Help Earth, a volunteer organization dedicated to the conservation of nature and its resources, celebrated “Save The Frog Day” at the South Point School Environmental Club at Lakhiram Baruah Sadan, Guwahati. 140 students attended the event, which was organized to spread awareness regarding frogs and highlighted their importance for all the other life forms on the earth, with special reference to human beings. The highlights of the event were the photographic gallery containing pictures showing frog diversity of the region, and issues related to the threats pertaining to their conservation. A speech competition titled “Frogs and Us” was held where students from different schools of the city participated. Slide Shows were presented by eminent herpetologists Mr. Abhijit Das of Aaranyak and Mr. Prashanta Kr Choudhury of Don Bosco College of Engineering and Technology. Brochures containing information on frogs and their importance were also distributed. This event was covered by The Assam Tribune.

Save Frogs Day India 2009

Save Frogs Day 2009 Art