SAVE THE FROGS! wins $25,000 from Chase Bank
I am extremely pleased to inform you that SAVE THE FROGS! finished in the Top 20 Leaderboard of the Chase Community Giving Contest, earning us $25,000 for our worldwide amphibian conservation efforts. Thanks to Chase Bank and the 2,343 people who took the time to vote for us and help spread the word!!
This extra funding will be of huge assistance on our quest to SAVE THE FROGS!, enabling us to ramp up our environmental education programs and our campaigns against pesticides, the frog legs trade, dissections and habitat destruction. That being said, this generous contribution from Chase Bank in no ways covers all the costs required to fix the massive amounts of ecological damage our society has already caused; indeed a scientific report from 2007 calculated that amphibian conservation efforts require at least 80 million dollars per year...and SAVE THE FROGS! operates on about one-thousandth of that. We have seemingly endless lists of progams we would like to implement that unfortunately still lack funding. So while this unexpected influx of $25,000 is fabulous, we still rely on your support now as much as ever.
Thanks again to all who helped us win this $25,000:
the frogs thank you!!!
SAVE THE FROGS! makes PBS News
Myself and SAVE THE FROGS! Advisory Committee Members Pieter Johnson and Brandon Ballengee were interviewed by Rebecca Jacobson for this PBS article about frog deformities. Go have a look and learn about 8-legged frogs.
SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana in this month's FrogLog
Want to learn more about what we are up to in West Africa? Please read this article written by SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana Executive Director Gilbert Adum. The article appears in the November 2011 issue of FrogLog, the newsletter of the Amphibian Specialist Group. Left-click the article to get the PDF.
90% of West Africa's rainforests have been cleared and frog populations there are in trouble. Help SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana power Africa's environmental revolution by ordering these awesome 100% organic cotton t-shirts. All proceeds to SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana.
Frog Poetry of the Week
On December 1st, we will be announcing the winners of thee 2011 SAVE THE FROGS! Poetry Contest. Here is some poetry to tide you over until then. The 2012 contest will run from January 15 to October 15, 2012.
The Last Musician, By Kristen Hickey, Age 14
Serenading in a deep baritone
From beneath a shadowed flower
Is the musician of Nature's court.
He sings with such abandon
That the Queen herself sheds a tear,
Plinking into the rippling basin
Where he cries to the stars.
The orchestra's shuddering chirps
Accompany the haunting melody
With precision and pure grace.
Nature holds her breath as the
Maestro reaches his highest point.
The wind has stopped stirring.
The earth has stopped turning.
His voice breaks on the piercing note,
But his solo is cut short by
The splash of trees in the shallow pool.
Nature's musician abandons the flower,
Leaving her to weep bitter tears of sorrow
At the soul-shattering loss of such a performer.
Nowhere else can she turn for the brilliant
Harmonies of his singular voice.
Nowhere else can she turn, for he was the last of the frogs.
If you know any musicians who would like to hold a Save The Frogs Day benefit concert in their town April 28, 2012, please have them contact us!
"My students are increasing their frog and environmental awareness through your materials and website. Thank you!"
-- Susan Christman, Sycamore Creek Elementary School, Raleigh, NC
Frog Art of the Week
On December 1st, we will be announcing the winners of thee 2011 SAVE THE FROGS! Art Contest. Here is some art to tide you over until then. The 2012 contest will run from January 15 to October 15, 2012.
In The Land of Giant Mushrooms
by Jayasree Dutta, India, Age 7
Cheery: the True Adventures of a Chiricahua Leopard Frogs
This beautifully-illustrated little book by biologist Elizabeth Davidson about Cheery, a charming little Chiricahua Leopard Frog, is both a delightful children's story and a handy little lesson in Herpetology complete with a curriculum guide. Even better, Five Star Publication is donating a buck a book through New Year's for every copy sold through their website...
Eco-Friendly Holiday Gifts That Rock:
Tote Bags & Mousepads
Paper or plastic? Neither! Our high-tech environmentally friendly SAVE THE FROGS! tote bags are made out of 7 recycled plastic bottles. They are composed of 99% recycled materials, and even have a built in pouch. The entire tote bag is easily condensed inside the pouch to become the size of a tennis ball!
"I can't live without my Save The Frogs Tote Bag!"
--Dr. Paige Powers; Red Frog Member, Charlottesville, VA
We're not lying when we tell you these are the coolest looking mousepads we've ever seen! They are also high-tech and eco-friendly:
-- The cloth polyester top is printed with eco-safe inks.
-- The main rubber backing is made from 60% recycled material.
-- All orders come with a free SAVE THE FROGS! bumper sticker.
"I received my Save The Frogs mousepad today and it's beautiful! Worth every penny. Thank you very much!" -- Janet Parfitt, Somerset, United Kingdom
Have a great Thanksgiving!
Thanks for all your support,
Dr. Kerry Kriger
Save The Frogs
Founder, Executive Director & Ecologist
Tule Lake, Northern California