They may not be pretty, but it's still up to us to save them! Western Toads were once widespread across much of the western United States and Canada, but have experienced widespread declines across a large portion of their range. In Rocky Mountain National Park, Western Toads have disappeared from up to 80% of their historic localities, in large part due to the deadly chytrid fungus, which caused significant declines in the 1990's.
DONATE TODAY and help us protect Western Toads from extinction!
Thanks to Jamie Bettaso for the toad photo!
Live in British Columbia?
Western Toads are crossing the roads! If you want to volunteer to help juvenile toads get from one side of the road to the other, and thus save thousands of toads from being crushed by passing cars, please have a look here.
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That's right. There are only 19 days left to become a Charter Member of SAVE THE FROGS! and have your name permanently listed on the savethefrogs.com website. And of course there are FREE GIFTS! So please join SAVE THE FROGS! today and help us protect amphibian populations worldwide.
Have a computer?
You probably do. What are you going to do with it when it comes time to upgrade? All those heavy metals in your computer are bad for the environment, so don't throw it out! Instead, DONATE your computer to SAVE THE FROGS! We would use it, and we could provide you a receipt for tax-deductibility purposes! Contact us for details.
Amphibian Conservation Award Winner Announced!
Dear SAVE THE FROGS! Supporter,
One of the most serious impediments to successful amphibian conservation is an extreme lack of funding for amphibian biologists, both in terms of grant money for research, and scholarships for graduate students. Providing these much needed grants and scholarships was one of the primary reasons SAVE THE FROGS! was formed.
Thus it is with great pleasure I announce the winner of the first ever SAVE THE FROGS! Amphibian Conservation Award, a $500 Conference Travel Grant to enable a talented graduate student to present research results at this year's Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, to be held in Portland, OR July 22-27. This is the largest annual meeting of amphibian biologists anywhere in the world, and attending and speaking at such a conference is an integral part of any graduate students' education.
So with no further ado, the winner of the inaugural SAVE THE FROGS! Conference Travel Grant is Ms. Kris Kaiser, a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at UCLA. Ms. Kaiser will present a lecture entitled "When sounds collide: Effects of anthropogenic noise on frog calling behavior". Her research shows that human-generated car engine noise can negatively affect frog species, leading to shorter choruses and less chance that frogs return to their breeding site. In essence, car noise interferes with certain frog species' calling behavior and thus their reproductive abilities. Such noise should therefore be considered by developers and state agencies responsible for developing roads in the proximity of critical frog habitats. You can read an abstract of Ms. Kaiser's research here.
So here's the deal
Our goal is to offer several full Ph.D. scholarships each year,
and many large grants to cover an array of necessary research, as detailed on the SAVE THE FROGS! awards page. Our government does NOT offer sufficient funding to researchers, so it is up to you and me to pick up the slack! I know that if everybody who receives this newsletter pitched in $20 today, we could offer a LARGE research grant or Ph.D. scholarship ASAP, and thereby bring us a significant step closer to protecting ALL the world's frog populations.
PLEASE CHIP IN $20 TODAY. THANKS!
Live in Colorado?
I'll be giving free public lectures on frog extinctions at the University of Colorado in Boulder July 17th and at UC Denver July 19th, as well as a morning presentation for kids at The Wildlife Experience in Parker, CO July 19th. Please come, and inform your friends and colleagues as well. Details at http://savethefrogs.com/events
FROGS! in the news
While in Seattle giving lectures two weeks ago, I sat down with 12 reporters from the environmental news service Grist.org, to talk with them about frog extinctions and the work SAVE THE FROGS! is doing to protect amphibian populations. Read Grist journalist Ashley Braun's account of the meeting here.
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Dr. Kerry Kriger
SAVE THE FROGS!
Founder, Executive Director & Ecologist