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Official SAVE THE FROGS! Newsletters

February 21th, 2009

Announcing the 1st Annual Frog Art Contest

Dear SAVE THE FROGS! Supporter,

I am pleased to announce that the 1st Annual Frog Art Contest is officially underway! Both professional and amateur artists are welcome to enter the contest. Entry is free and there are cash prizes and other giveaways:
http://savethefrogs.com/artists/art-contest-2009.html

Our goal is to have thousands of schools worldwide taking part in the Frog Art Contest on Save The Frogs Day – April 28th, 2009:
http://savethefrogs.com/day

The Frog Art Contest will promote awareness of the amphibian extinction crisis by actively involving a wide sector of society, and we plan to advertise the contest in art museums and school systems worldwide. The best artwork will be used to illustrate a book of frog poetry that will be published and distributed internationally, and the Grand Prize winner’s artwork will be featured on a 100% organic cotton t-shirt in the savethefrogs.com Gift Center. All proceeds from sales of the shirts and books will go towards SAVE THE FROGS! amphibian conservation efforts.

You can view, rate and comment on contest entries, as well as send e-cards of your favorites, here: http://savethefrogs.com/artcontest
The latter options require you to register and log-in.

Thanks to SAVE THE FROGS! Website Development Volunteer Mike Labbe for setting up the Art Contest’s digital upload system, and thanks to SAVE THE FROGS! Volunteer Leah Klehn for conceiving and directing the contest.

CAN YOU DONATE TO FUND THE JACKPOT? A high jackpot will make word of this contest spread far and wide, meaning more artists helping SAVE THE FROGS!, and higher quality artwork. It will also draw more visitors to the savethefrogs.com website, which means more on-line donations and more people learning about the amphibian extinction crisis. Anything you can donate to the jackpot is greatly appreciated! Even $5 helps out!

You can donate securely to fund the jackpot at: https://co.clickandpledge.com/sp/d1/default.aspx?wid=20508
Please send a note to contact@savethefrogs.com to inform us to put your donation towards the jackpot.

Prefer to send a check? Please use this address:
SAVE THE FROGS!
Frog Art Contest
P.O. Box 2145
Centreville, VA 20122 USA

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2009 CONFERENCE TRAVEL GRANT

Applications are currently open for a $500 SAVE THE FROGS! Conference Travel Grant that will be awarded to a highly qualified student to enable them to present the results of their amphibian research at the Joint Meeting of Herpetologists and Ichthyologists in Portland Oregon July 22-27, 2009.
http://www.savethefrogs.com/awards

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COOL FROG FACT OF THE DAY:

The world's largest frog is the Goliath Frog Conraua goliath, which lives in western Africa. They can grow to be over 30 cm (1 ft) long, and weigh over 3 kg (6.6 lbs). This species is in danger of extinction, due to conversion of rainforests into farmland, and due to their being used as a local food source, with few restrictions on over-harvesting.

Read more Cool Frog Facts at:
http://savethefrogs.com/cool-frog-facts

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HOW TO HELP SAVE THE FROGS! - TIP OF THE DAY:

Do NOT stock non-native fish in your pond or stream. Fish are voracious predators of frog eggs, tadpoles and adult frogs. Introduced trout have decimated populations of the Mountain Yellow-legged Frog Rana muscosa in California and the Spotted Treefrog Litoria spenceri in south-eastern Australia. Both species are now on the verge of extinction. If your local government is stocking ponds and streams, make sure they are using only native fish species and only stocking areas that are meant to have fish (i.e. below waterfalls). If you are building a pond, and want to support a healthy frog community, do not stock fish in it--even native species. Fishless ponds always tend to have a higher amphibian biodiversity than do ponds with fish.

Find out more ways to help SAVE THE FROGS! at:
http://savethefrogs.com/how-to-help

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HOW TO HELP SPREAD THE WORD - TIP OF THE DAY:

Do you use email? Yes, of course you do. A great way to spread the word is to add www.savethefrogs.com to the automated signature of every email you send. Just go to your mail options or settings and there should be a place to make an automated signature. Another good one is:

Save The Frogs Day - April 28th, 2009
www.savethefrogs.com/day

If you do this, thousands of people will hear about SAVE THE FROGS!, with virtually no effort on your part. Find out more ways to SPREAD THE WORD at:
http://savethefrogs.com/spread-the-word

 

Thanks for your support, and please forward this email to your friends!
Kerry