Our most important project -- please show your support!
Dear SAVE THE FROGS! Supporter,
I have always considered the savethefrogs.com website to be the single most valuable tool we possess. In April 2008 I read a 900 page Dreamweaver web design book and since then I've put over 1,000 hours of work into building the site into one of the world's greatest sources of amphibian knowledge. With over 300 pages of freely-accessible original content, savethefrogs.com educates people all around the planet and inspires and enables them to protect frog populations. Our website is the primary reason we have active supporters in at least 39 countries, and it is an invaluable fundraising tool without which we would likely not even be able to exist. The site has been accessed by over 1,306,823 people and it is often their first introduction to SAVE THE FROGS...so there are lots of reasons we need it to be the best it can be!
But savethefrogs.com is now almost five years old and it needs a serious upgrade! The site is powered by outdated software and now we must re-build the site on modern technology that will kick the site - and our movement - into hyperdrive! The new savethefrogs.com will be look nicer, be easier to navigate, allow for far more content, attract more visitors, and generate more donations and merchandise sales. But we need your financial support to make it happen! Professional design companies have quoted me costs from $6,000 to $13,000 but I have been teaching myself the new software platform (Joomla) and estimate that I can upgrade the entire website for only $3,000.
Please help us raise $3,000 so that we can massively upgrade the savethefrogs.com website...this is SAVE THE FROGS' most important project! Millions of future website visitors thank you in advance, and so do I! Your generous donation is tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.
Top 10 reasons we need to upgrade the savethefrogs.com website ASAP!
(1) The amount of content on the site will grow exponentially because the new software will allow many users to access to the site's back-end -- as opposed to just me! With more content comes more website traffic, meaning more supporters and more frogs saved!
(2) The new site will feature a forum and a social networking area where students, teachers, scientists, naturalist and other frog lovers can ask questions, share information, network and actively communicate with each other.
(3) The new site will have language translation abilities so that we can get the site translated to Spanish, Portugueuse, Hindi, Chinese, Malagasy and other languages from countries where frogs are rapidly disappearing but English is not a common language.
Pelophylax ridibundus photo courtesy Bart van oijen
"I teach 7th grade Science at an expeditionary learning school in Springfield, MA. This spring we are focusing on biodiversity and biodiversity loss. I plan on incorporating the Save the Frogs website as we delve into this expedition. We are going to investigate and try and certify a couple of potential vernal pools in our city to get them protected. Thanks for the website and its clear, easily accessible text about the issues and the action steps."
-- Kerry Cesan, Teacher -
Duggan Middle School, Springfield, MA
Go solar in October: earn $1,000 for you AND $1,000 for the frogs
SAVE THE FROGS! has partnered with the innovative home solar company Sungevity to offer a great way for you to go solar while raising $1,000 for SAVE THE FROGS! and earning you a $1,000 gift credit card! Take advantage of this offer this month to get the best deal!
New Save The Frogs mp3 - Sirius Nationwide Radio
On October 3rd, I was interviewed by Andy McQuinn for BYU's "The Morning Show", which aired nationwide on Sirius Radio. You can download the mp3 free - along with 35 other mp3s - on the SAVE THE FROGS! Audio page:
Rana temporaria photo courtesy Bart van oijen
An interview with International Eco-Hero Avalon Theisen
It's not often you get to meet an international eco-hero, so I was pleased to have lunch with frog conservationist Avalon Theisen. Avalon holds Save The Frogs Day events in Tampa, and is the winner of our Nate The Newt Award for Amphibian Conservation, as well as the Gloria Barron Prize For Young Heroes Prize and the International Eco-Hero Award! This busy seventh grader recently took time out of her schedule to speak with Save The Frogs Volunteer Journalist Scott Harris about her frog conservation efforts!
Thanks to Avalon for holding another great educational event at Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning Center:
Upcoming SAVE THE FROGS! events
More info on the Events page: http://savethefrogs.com/events
October 19th, 2012: San Jose, CA -- Presentation by Michael Starkey
October 23rd, 2012: Santa Cruz, CA -- Fantastic Frog Art Giveaway
October 24th, 2012: Felton, CA -- Dissections workshop and presentation by Dr. Kerry Kriger
October 25th, 2012: Worldwide -- Webinar for STF! Members
November 8th, 2012: Santa Cruz, CA -- Drink more beer, save more frogs
January 5th-15th, 2013: Belize Eco-Tour
April 27th, 2013: Save The Frogs Day Worldwide
Want to book a presentation? Please let us know, thanks!
Mushroom Frog Art by Sanskriti Prabhakar, Age 8, India www.savethefrogs.com/mushrooms
Thank you for helping us improve savethefrogs.com -- our most valuable weapon in the fight to save the frogs!
Talk to you soon,
Dr. Kerry Kriger
Save The Frogs
Founder, Executive Director & Ecologist