Help us stop the importation of millions of non-native American Bullfrogs into California each year!
Dear SAVE THE FROGS! Supporter,
Yesterday SAVE THE FROGS! Advisory Committee Member Chris Berry and I delivered 1,189 petition signatures to the California Department of Fish & Game (DFG) offices in Sacramento. The petition calls on Governor Jerry Brown to ban the importation, sale and purchase of American Bullfrogs. Several million live bullfrogs (Lithobates catesbeianus) are legally imported into the state each year, primarily for frog legs, but also for pets and other non-essential purposes. The bullfrogs are widely regarded as one of the world's worst invasive species, as they are voracious predators of native wildlife and have extremely high rates of chytrid fungal infection. The continued importation of bullfrogs into the state (and elsewhere around the world) is a perpetual threat to native wildlife that could easily be removed with decisive political action.
Unfortunately, even though the DFG officials we met with agreed the bullfrogs are problematic, they made it very clear that they have no intent to stop issuing importation permits, due in part to their unwillingness to face criticism from those who benefit financially from the bullfrog trade. That means nothing will get done until and unless we step up our efforts! The next step is getting other environmental groups on boards and meeting with Assemblymen and State Senators to educate them about the issue and get laws in place similar to the ones we got enacted in the City and County of Santa Cruz last February. This will not be easy, as all the state legislators I have ever spoken to about frogs default to "I'd love to help, but right now the economy is my top priority".
If the environment is your top priority, as it is mine, please help SAVE THE FROGS raise $2,500 so we can ramp up this campaign and get the state of California to ban the importation of bullfrogs! Please donate $25, $50 or $100 today: this campaign WILL succeed with your help! Thank you!
Banning bullfrogs isn't rocket science, it's Ecology 101!
This letter written by Paige Davis of the Santa Cruz High School Save The Frogs! Club appeared in the February 21, 2012 Santa Cruz Sentinel.
An interview with Gilbert Adum, Co-Founder of SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana
The son of a cattle herder, Gilbert Adum was raised in the rural northeast of Ghana in a village with no electricity. As a youth, Gilbert would spend the dry season hunting animals to feed himself and his family, traveling as far as 100km per day by foot, wearing sandals made of rubber taken from used car tires. From these humble beginnings, Gilbert has become not only one of Ghana's two amphibian biologists, but indeed Africa's greatest hope for amphibian conservation. Please lend him your support!
Thanks to SAVE THE FROGS! Volunteer Writer Scott Harris for conducting this interview, which is the first in a series aimed at keeping you up to date with all the work our staff and volunteers are doing around the world on behalf of frogs.
Learn more about Gilbert here.
I found this Kassina in Ankasa National Park last September, in one of the most frog-infested swamps I've ever had the pleasure to hang out in. Please show your support for SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana so this Kassina and his friends and family can survive for many years to come!
These awesome shirts are 100% organic, all proceeds go to SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana, and we can ship them internationally. Order them here.
Undoubtedly one of the coolest frog shirts ever created!
SAVE THE FROGS! Belize Eco-Tour 2013
You're in good shape, you like to explore new places with cool people, and you like wildlife? Great! Please join us in Belize this January!
SAVE THE FROGS!
Thanks for all your support,
Dr. Kerry Kriger
Save The Frogs
Founder, Executive Director & Ecologist
The land of the Long-Toed Salamander, near Mt Baker, North Cascades, WA on the way to the 7th World Congress of Herpetology in Vancouver, BC last month.