Dear Save The Frogs Supporter,
Ensuring that the next generation of humans respects, appreciates and protects nature and wildlife is crucial to long-term amphibian conservation efforts. However, few students currently receive any amphibian conservation education in their schools. Until we succeed in getting Amphibian Conservation 101 to be a standard graduation requirement, it's up to all of us to make sure our local schools are doing their part to give students a high quality environmental education.
The SAVE THE FROGS! Art, Poetry and Essay Contests are designed to give teachers an easy way to get their students involved and interested in amphibian conservation...though you don't have to be a student to enter! These contests make great activities for April 30th's Save The Frogs Day.
Please help spread the word by informing your local schools of these contests!
Save The Frogs 2010 Art & Poetry Contests
Most of you are already familiar with the Frog Art Contest and Frog Poetry Contest, which were extremely popular in their inaugural year, with contestants in 14 countries. The selections will be used to create a book of Frog Art & Poetry that we will sell to raise money for amphibian conservation efforts.
We are pleased to announce that the CASH PRIZES for this year's Art Contest will be generously donated by Critter Skimmer, makers of a revolutionary device that saves frogs from drowning in pools. The CASH PRIZES for the Poetry Contest will be generously donated by Peace Frogs, with whom many of you East Coasters are likely familiar. You'll be hearing a lot more about both Critter Skimmer and Peace Frogs soon!
Thanks to Beth Hinson for this fantastic entry into the 2010 Save The Frogs Art Contest!
Save The Frogs Essay Contest
Announcing the 1st Annual Save The Frogs Essay Contest!
Each year we will give you an essay title. All you have to do is write the essay!
This year's essay title is: A World Without Frogs
We invite teachers, students and anyone else to submit 250-300 words of their finest frog literature. And yes, there are CASH PRIZES! This year's Essay Contest has already received entries from the USA,
and Kenya. If your company would like to sponsor the 1st Annual Frog Essay Contest, please let us know.
Learn more at http://savethefrogs.com/essay
"I was very happy to find your contest, as I've always been fond of frogs & enjoy writing about nature." -- Niki Ching, US Army
This is how we can save 12,500 acres of rainforest
We have something new and exciting we'd like to share with you! It's the new Save The Frogs Toolbar powered by GoodSearch. Add the toolbar to your Internet Explorer or Firefox, and each time you shop at more than 1,300 online stores, a percentage of your purchases will automatically be donated to Save The Frogs - at no cost to you! Plus every time you search the web using the Toolbar's Yahoo-powered search engine, GoodSearch will donate a penny to Save The Frogs. It adds up!
We tested this search bar for the last month, and raised about $40 for Save The Frogs by having the search bar installed on a single computer. We've done the math; if everybody on this mailing list installed the Save The Frogs Toolbar, we could easily raise $180,000 for Save The Frogs conservation efforts this year: that's enough to buy 12,500 hectares of prime Guatemalan rainforest, something we would really like to do!
Save The Frogs on the Radio in Your Hometown
Help Save The Frogs take over the airwaves and educate citizens in your community!
(1) Listen to this 30-second Public Service Announcement we recorded (click the play button).
(2) Please download the mp3 on that page and send it to your local radio stations. We suggest first calling the radio station and asking if you can email them a 30-second Public Service Announcement that they could play to help raise awareness of the rapid disappearance of amphibians in your state and around the world. Get the appropriate person's email address, send it to them and then follow up a week later to see if they were able to air it.
(3) Tell us about your success! Good luck!
Thanks to Leah Tannen of Bloomington, IN for handling the recording and editing!
Stop Your Junk Mail & Save The Frogs
All that junk mail you get is a nuisance isn't it? Well that's not the only problem: junk mail is an environmental nightmare! That's why SAVE THE FROGS! has teamed up with 41pounds.org, a nonprofit organization that will stop 90% of your junk mail. By stopping your junk mail, you’ll save approximately 20 trees and 7,000 gallons of water per year and prevent global warming emissions.
Best of all you'll be helping SAVE THE FROGS!
Sign up and 41pounds.org will donate $15 to SAVE THE FROGS!. The average American household receives 41 pounds of junk mail each year. Tired of it? So are we!
Take action today.
Important Amphibian Conservation Reading
Late last year Oxford University Press published Amphibian Ecology and Conservation: A Handbook of Techniques, edited by Dr. Ken Dodd. The book holds a wealth of information on a range of issues of interest to anybody involved in amphibian conservation.
You can order the book direct from Oxford University Press. Enjoy!
A team of American and Ecuadorian scientists working for Reptile & Amphibian Ecology International (which is led by Save The Frogs Advisory Committee Member Dr. Paul Hamilton) has discovered a treasure trove of previously undiscovered biodiversity in a rare and dwindling ecosystem in coastal Ecuador. The apparently new species include a blunt-snouted, slug-sucking snake and 30 species of rain frog. Read more here.
Have a great week!
Dr. Kerry Kriger
Save The Frogs
Founder, Executive Director & Ecologist