Save The Frogs Day Is This Friday!
Dear SAVE THE FROGS! Supporter,
Save The Frogs Day is rapidly approaching!
On Wednesday we will send out a World Map listing the details of all registered Save The Frogs Day events, so if you have not yet registered your event, please do so here:
It's not too late to set up your own event! Find an array of ideas on the Save The Frogs Day page. Remember to take lots of photos and video if possible, and have fun!
SAVE THE FROGS! Art Contest
The 2nd Annual SAVE THE FROGS! Art Contest is well underway and it's great having big packages of Frog Art arriving from schools around the world. This Friday, celebrate Save The Frogs Day with your kids or students by having them draw their finest frog art! They just might win $$$CASH PRIZES$$$ generously offered by Save The Frogs Day sponsor Critter Skimmer. Or enter the contest yourself -- it is open to Frog Artists of all ages. If possible, have your class make a SAVE THE FROGS! banner. Get a photo of the students holding the banner, then hang it in school as a call to action to all the schools' students -- one that lasts long after Save The Frogs Day has passed.
April's Frog Artist of the month is Miss Audrey Zhang, 7 years old, from Long Island, NY.
This is her entry, entitled "We Are Your Friends! Save Us"
50 Million Frogs Die in American Pools Each Year
"With our recent rains I have seen hundreds if not thousands of frogs trapped in swimming pools" -- Carol Sharpe, Narromine, Australia
Frogs regularly drown in pools in people's backyards. They enter the pool thinking it's a great place to breed. Unfortunately, it's often just a death trap, as they can't manage to climb back over the walls to escape. There are five million in-ground pools in the United States, and thus it's quite possible that over 50 million frogs die in American pools each year (ten frogs per pool per year is a conservative estimate!). Luckily, there is a solution...
The Critter Skimmer is a magical and revolutionary device that allows frogs, turtles, mice, and other small critters to rescue themselves from in-ground pool skimmers. Animals that enter the pool can save themselves by climbing up the attached spiral rescue ramp, through the opening in the skimmer cover, and then emerging into the safety of the terrestrial realm. You may never know they were there unless you see them hopping away!
Buy a Critter Skimmer using the Coupon Code SAVETHEFROGS and 10% of your purchase will be donated to SAVE THE FROGS!, and you will get 10% back in Frog Cash that can be redeemed in the SAVE THE FROGS! Gift Center.
Critter Skimmer is a Proud Sponsor of the 2nd Annual Save The Frogs Day!
Save The Frogs Day - Frog Legs Protest Update
The World's First Protest In Defense Of Frog Populations will be taking place this Save The Frogs Day in Fairfax, Virginia; Arlington, Virginia; Bethesda, Maryland; and Dallas, Texas.
The chain of 16 Uncle Julio’s Rio Grande restaurants refuse to remove the frog legs from their menus (or even acknowledge our concerns), so SAVE THE FROGS! supporters in at least three states will take to the streets with educational flyers and petitions, and ensure that the patrons, passersby and staff are aware of the ecological damage being caused by Uncle Julio's participation in the frog legs trade.
Recommended Reading: This is an excellent PDF on the frog legs trade by Brian Gratwicke of the Panama Amphibian Rescue and Conservation Project.
The pictures below are of the 4x6" info cards that supporters will be distributing in the area surrounding the restaurants. Thanks to Susan Newman of FrogsAreGreen for the graphic design assistance, and SAVE THE FROGS! Advisory Committee Member Dr. James Webley of TalkingNature.com for the input on the text.
Want to help us bring the ecologically damaging frog legs trade to an end? Join us in VA, MD or TX -- or get something started in Illinois, Georgia or Florida. Register your interest here.
SAVE THE FROGS! Android App
We've got an app for that: the brand new SAVE THE FROGS! Android App has arrived, and you can download it FREE in the Android Marketplace. We are excited about having this new platform on which to communicate, as it will enable us to reach a new audience (random Android users) and thus get our message out to thousands of people who had never previously heard about SAVE THE FROGS!. And yes...it will be available for iPhones later this year. Please tell your Droid-using friends about it, and stay tuned for Version 2.0!
Thanks to Save The Frogs Day Sponsor Red Droid Software for creating the app. We look forward to working with Red Droid to bring you the most advanced frog technology in existence.
SAVE THE FROGS! in Vanity Fair
SAVE THE FROGS! was recently featured in "The Greatest Story Ever Toad", an article by Vanity Fair's Contributing Editor James Wolcott.
SAVE THE FROGS! on Corpus Christi TV
The Texas State Aquarium is celebrating Save The Frogs Day this Friday, and you can hear about it on "All About The Frogs", a piece that aired yesterday on South Texas' KIII Channel 3.
SAVE THE FROGS! in the Himalayas
We are very pleased to announce that we have partnered with one of the largest nonprofits in the Himalayan region to promote Save The Frogs Day
and increase awareness of amphibian issues throughout the Himalaya. The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development
, (ICIMOD), is a regional knowledge development and learning centre serving Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan – and based in Kathmandu, Nepal. The ICIMOD is working to develop an economically and environmentally sound mountain ecosystem to improve living standards and to sustain vital ecosystem services for the billions of people living downstream – now, and for the future.
We look forward to working with the ICIMOD to produce educational materials in
the region's languages and ensuring that they permeate even the most remote valleys of the Himalaya.
TEACHERS: Rijan Tamrikar of the Everest Amphibian Study Circle has compiled some some information from savethefrogs.com, combined it with his own, and produced some teaching materials that he is using for students in Nepal. These will work just as well for your students, wherever you are, so please download We Know Frogs Issue 1
and We Know Frogs Issue 2
. We'll add future issues to the Teachers For Frogs
A note from Lillian Crossman
I'll leave you with a final thought from Canadian SAVE THE FROGS! Supporter Lillian Crossman:
Enjoy Save The Frogs Week!
Dr. Kerry Kriger
Save The Frogs
Founder, Executive Director & Ecologist