SAVE THE FROGS!
I hope you're having a fantastic summer. There's lots of news to report in the world of amphibian conservation, so let's get right down to business...and stay tuned for a whole lot more coming your way!
Dear SAVE THE FROGS! Supporter,
Save The Frogs Day 2011 Photos Now Online!
SAVE THE FROGS! supporters held 143 events in 21 countries on the 3rd Annual Save The Frogs Day (April 29th, 2011), which was the largest day of amphibian education and conservation action in the planet's history. We've posted over 190 event photos on the Save The Frogs Day 2011 page! Please go have a look at all the fabulous events our supporters held worldwide!
Save The Frogs Day Rally to ban Atrazine at the US Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, DC:
Educational event in Sindhupalchok, Nepal:
Save The Frogs Day Rally to save the Sharp Park Wetlands at San Francisco's City Hall:
(Photo: Patrick Schlemmer)
Frog lovers in Seoul, South Korea braved the cold rain to show their support:
10 year old Avalon Theisen (winner of the 2011 Nate The Newt Award for Amphibian Conservation) held a Save The Frogs Day event in Florida...and over 100 people attended:
Zoologico Amaru in Cuenca, Ecuador hosted a Save The Frogs Day educational event that reached over 300 people:
A riot broke out in nearby Kampala city during this Save The Frogs Day event, but these frog enthusiasts held their ground. Go Uganda!
55 Frog Presentations to 3,280 attendees
Technology is great, but when it comes to educating people and inspiring people to SAVE THE FROGS!, there's still nothing that compares to talking to people face to face. So far this year, I've given 55 presentations to 3,280 attendees, making 2011 my most active presentation year...ever! On top of speaking to businesses, government agencies, nonprofits, museums, I've been especially busy educating students, thanks in part to a grant from TreeFrog Treks and the San Francisco Tadpole Headstart Program. San Francisco is one of the frog leg eating centers of the planet, so this is a fantastic way to ensure the next generation of San Franciscans will be more interested in protecting frogs than in eating them!
Kids at Visitacion Valley Elementary, San Francisco:
If you like the flags, please go order one at: http://savethefrogs.com/flags
Clifford Elementary in Redwood City, CA:
Ord Terrace School in Seaside, CA:
Future Frog Saver:
My Meeting with Assemblywoman Fiona Ma
One of the greatest threats to California’s native wildlife is the continued introduction of several million non-native American Bullfrogs annually. Though 1,196 SAVE THE FROGS! supporters sent in letters to the CA Fish & Game Commission in 2010 and the Commission voted twice to stop issuing permits for the frogs' importation, the imports continue. Why? In large part due to the efforts of Assemblywoman Fiona Ma and five other California politicians who lobbied the Commission to allow importation, as many of their constituents enjoy eating frogs. I recently met Assemblywoman Fiona Ma and gave a presentation on amphibian conservation to her and 35 of her interns.
Read about my meeting here.
Frog Art by Kelsey Fick. Please enter the SAVE THE FROGS! Art Contest!
Frog Poster Extravaganza: 29 Frogs and a free poster!
To celebrate us now having our top-selling poster printed on recycled paper, we are giving away a FREE SAVE THE FROGS! Neon Frog Art Poster to everybody who orders the fabulous 29 Frogs poster this week. Oh yeah, you get a free SAVE THE FROGS! bumper stciker thrown in. The posters look amazing, they help spread the word, and they make great gifts...you'll love them!!!
Awesome free poster featuring the Grand Prize Winning Frog Art of Elizabeth Hinson:
The hopping yellow frogs
That I saw at the zoo
Are now sadly endangered
And who can help them? YOU!
A good way to get started
They have a helpful gift shop
With gifts for dad and mom
Due to deforestation,
Which is trees being cut down
If you were now a froggy
You’d be wearing a frown
We all can use less paper
And it will help the frogs
‘Cause paper cups and paper bags
Are all made out of logs
The save the frogs’ great gift shop
Has re-useable bags
It also has great travel mugs
So have a look, don’t lag!
--By Jade Nevins, Ontario, Canada, 12 years old
2011 Conference Travel Grant Winner - Aimee Silla
SAVE THE FROGS! awarded a $500 conference travel grant to Aimee Silla, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Western Australia, to enable her to present her lecture entitled "Effect of multiple priming injections of luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone on spermiation and ovulation in Gϋnther's Toadlet, Pseudophryne guentheri" at the Joint Meeting of Herpetologists and Ichthyologists in Minneapolis, Minnesota last month. Congratulations Aimee!
Thoughts from the winner:
"My presentation will discuss results from a project aimed at refining hormonal induction of spermiation protocols for an Australian frog of the genus Pseudophryne. Of the 13 recognized species within this genus, over 38% are listed by the IUCN redlist as threatened with extinction. The ability to successfully induce sperm release is an important step towards being able to propagate endangered species in captivity using IVF techniques. My presentation will be part of a symposium titled "Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) and Genetic Resource Banking: Tools for Conserving Declining Amphibians." Being part of this symposium will allow me to discuss advancements and future directions in the field of amphibian ART will fellow experts. I hope that these discussions will help to increase the number of endangered species globally that can be bred in captivity using ART in the near future."
Your support enables us to distribute awards like this!
Stay tuned for a whole lot more frog news!
Thanks for helping SAVE THE FROGS!
Dr. Kerry Kriger
Save The Frogs
Founder, Executive Director & Ecologist
In DC with Professor Tyrone Hayes and our friends from the Department of Homeland Security, helping us secure the homeland against the threat of Swiss-made pesticides: