Happy Save The Frogs Day!
Dear SAVE THE FROGS! Supporter,
It is a great honor to be able to wish all of you a HAPPY SAVE THE FROGS DAY!
Today is the largest day of amphibian conservation and education action in the planet's history. Over 80 Save The Frogs Day events are taking place today, in at least 20 countries: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, India, Italy, Ireland, Madagascar, Nepal, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the USA.
The SAVE THE FROGS! movement is spreading the globe, and our voices our being heard far and wide...and SAVE THE FROGS! has not even turned two years old! We are rapidly becoming one of the world's most effective conservation and education organizations, and I have no doubt that the 3rd Annual Save The Frogs Day (Friday April 29th, 2011) will be exponentially larger than the historic events taking place today. Thank you all for making it happen, and Happy Save The Frogs Day!
We saved Florida's Pig Frogs!
In late March I informed San Francisco's Restaurant Gary Danko about the current amphibian crisis, and asked them to remove the wild-caught Florida Pig Frogs (Rana grylio) from their menus. Last week the restaurant agreed to remove the frog legs from their menu and not to re-order them, and we have confirmed they are no longer selling frog legs. Restaurant Gary Danko is the first restaurant in the world to remove frog legs from its menus for environmental reasons. As the restaurant is extremely well-known and well-respected in the culinary community, we expect many restaurants to follow in their footsteps. As such, this a major victory for SAVE THE FROGS! and for worldwide amphibian conservation efforts.
Please send Gary Danko a note of thanks! Your words of support will ensure that his restaurant remains frog-friendly far into the future!
Restaurant Gary Danko
800 North Point Street
San Francisco, CA 94109
I would like to make clear that this victory was made possible by all of your support, both your financial contributions and your dedicated involvement, which has enabled this movement to grow so rapidly. The Restaurant's positive response was likely based not only on the words in my letter, but also on the knowledge that SAVE THE FROGS! and our supporters have the power to spread our message far and wide, and we will not stand by and merely observe the disappearance of amphibian populations.
This victory however is only the beginning, and this campaign will not be complete until the ecologically damaging frog legs trade is relegated to the annals of history.
Pig Frog photo courtesy of Alessandro Catenazzi.
Atrazine - Let's Get It Banned
Please sign our petition to get the harmful herbicide Atrazine banned!
Atrazine is one of the world's most common pesticides: over 80 million pounds of it were used on American crops last year, and it has been in use for 50 years. This harmful pesticide turns male frogs into females at concentrations as low as 2.5 parts per billion. Atrazine causes cancer in laboratory mammals and developmental problems in fish. Atrazine is the most commonly detected pesticide in rainwater, groundwater and tapwater in the USA. Atrazine spray gets lifted into the clouds, travels hundreds of miles and then falls down from the sky in rainwater: half a million pounds of it each year.
Frogs and humans share half our DNA, so Atrazine can't be good for humans either. That's likely why the European Union banned the harmful pesticide in 2004. But the company that produces it, Syngenta (based in Switzerland!) has $11 billion in revenues, and has a huge lobby to keep Atrazine on the market in the USA.
Our goal is to get Atrazine banned by the 3rd Annual Save The Frogs Day (April 29th, 2011)! Please sign the petition right now! We'll be sending it to Lisa Jackson, Administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency.
But that's not all we're going to do...
International Day of Pesticide Action - October 24th
Please join us in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, October 24th 2010 on the International Day of Pesticide Action, an event we conceived and will coordinate with the help of nonprofit partners around the world. We are sure that with your participation, we can rally 100,000 people to march through the streets of DC from the steps of the Capitol to the Environmental Protection Agency demanding a federal ban on Atrazine, the 21st Century's DDT. More info on the International Day of Pesticide Action is to come!
We'll see you in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, October 24th, 2010!
One last thing:
please be sure to ask all your friends to sign the Atrazine petition.
Thanks to James Williams of Santa Cruz InterNetwork for setting up the Atrazine petition webpage.
SAVE THE FROGS! in France's Le Monde Newspaper
Catherine Vincent wrote this Save The Frogs Day article in France's largest paper to highlight our work -- and the problems with the frog legs trade, of which France is the largest participant. We're getting the word out, and someday soon we'll get the frog legs out of France!
Top Ten Most Threatened Frogs in the USA
To raise awareness of the threats amphibians face, we have compiled a list of the top ten most threatened frogs in the USA, complete with details facts on the frogs' natural history and the threats each species faces. This article was a collaborative project of SAVE THE FROGS, our Save The Frogs Day Partner the National Wildlife Federation, and a network of amphibian biologists across the United States, including Steven Whitfield, Nina D’Amore, Frank Santana, Amy Yahnke, Marc Hayes, Brian Hobbs, Sarah Kupferberg, Ryan Peek, Greg Ruthig, Kellie Whittaker, Vance Vredenburg, Aaron Ambos and myself. Enjoy the read, and please forward the link to your friends and colleagues!
Oregon Spotted Frog (Rana pretiosa) photo courtesy Andrew O'Connor.
Please donate to SAVE THE FROGS!
In the less than two years of our existence, we have gotten by on a mere $80,000 total! For us to take this to a higher level, SAVE THE FROGS! needs your generous financial support. We are making it happen, we are saving the frogs. Right now we need a staff (I am still the only full-time employee and we have only one part-time employee). Imagine how much we could get done with ten times as many people working day in, day out to save the frogs? Given sufficient funding, I am sure that we can get Atrazine banned, get frog legs out of all US restaurants, get dissections banned from American high schools, provide the highest quality educational materials and resources to students and teachers around the world, and purchase major tracts of rainforest.
Please make a generous financial contribution to SAVE THE FROGS! today, Save The Frogs Day, the largest day of amphibian education and conservation action in the planet's history. Thank you!!!
Final Day To Get Your Name On Our Frog Painting!
SAVE THE FROGS! Art Director Miss Leah Klehn, whose work is featured throughout our website, has offered to produce a beautiful frog painting to lively up the walls of SAVE THE FROGS! World Headquarters in Santa Cruz, California.
Donate $25 or higher or become an Official Member of SAVE THE FROGS! and we'll make sure your name gets on Leah's painting. That's our way of thanking you for helping us to grow this movement and SAVE THE FROGS!
The first piece of Frog Art ever submitted to SAVE THE FROGS!, by Miss Leah Klehn, who conceived the SAVE THE FROGS! Art Contest. Thanks Leah!
The Environmental Revolution Has Begun!
Big thanks to Dallas Forth Worth Airport for offering us a 2x10' spot on which to let people know that The Environmental Revolution Has Begun! Thousands of people will walk immediately underneath this beautiful graphic, created by Graphic Design Extraordinaire Matthew Bryan of the United Kingdom.
Matthew's artwork is also featured on the official poster of Save The Frogs Day 2010...order yours now: you'll be supporting our worldwide amphibian conservation efforts, and getting yourself a beautiful souvenir of this historic day!
Reminder: Save The Frogs Day Webinar
Learn all about the Wild World of Frogs at this 1 hour Webinar open to anybody on the planet with internet access.
When? Friday April 30th at 2:30pm US Pacific Time. Find out your local time here.
This very special Save The Frogs Day Webinar, (conducted by none other than myself) is free, but space is limited, so reserve your space now:
After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar. See you there...kind of!
The 3rd Annual Save The Frogs Day: April 29, 2011
Mark your calendars! We'll be planning well in advance for the 3rd Annual Save The Frogs Day, and you should too! But first, enjoy today!!
Thank you & Happy Save The Frogs Day!
Dr. Kerry Kriger
Save The Frogs
Founder, Executive Director & Ecologist