Introducing Save The Frogs Academy!
Dear SAVE THE FROGS! Supporter,
I am very pleased to present to you SAVE THE FROGS! Academy, our newest forum for teaching the skills required to save Earth's wildlife from extinction! Our goal is to train students to protect amphibians, giving them valuable conservation skills they are unlikely to acquire in a traditional university setting. We accomplish this by providing students with direct supervision and by focusing the student's activities around independent projects relevant to current amphibian conservation issues. Though the Academy is based out of SAVE THE FROGS! World Headquarters in Santa Cruz, California, the internet enables students to be located virtually anywhere in the world! The Spring 2013 session will run for 8 weeks (February 4th to March 29th). Students will develop and implement real-world amphibian conservation projects under the direct supervision of myself and other SAVE THE FROGS! staff members. We will accept up to 10 students for the Spring 2013 session. Our goal is to raise $6,500 to cover ten full scholarships for the students. Please see the section below to learn how you can contribute to the SAVE THE FROGS! Scholarship Fund. To learn more about SAVE THE FROGS! Academy and apply, please visit:
Photo of Plectrohyla legleri courtesy Dr. Steven Whitfield
Please donate to the SAVE THE FROGS! Scholarship Fund
We sincerely hope that you can help us provide FULL SCHOLARSHIPS to ten talented students for the Spring 2013 session of SAVE THE FROGS! Academy. Scholarships will cover the student's full tuition of $650 for the session. Every scholarship trains a student to protect amphibians, helping us increase the number of amphibian conservationists in the world. And each student who completes the course also provides 32 hours of free services to SAVE THE FROGS!, as the student's independent project directly aligns with our mission and current priorities. So the more scholarships we are able to award, the better! Having spent many years of my life as a poor student, it is my highest hope that the greater frog-loving community will be able to cover the students' tuition via these scholarships; the students will be dedicating six hours per week to their project, so please help them SAVE THE FROGS!
Our goal is to raise $6,500 to cover the ten full scholarships. Simply donate to SAVE THE FROGS! between now and Friday November 30th and we will direct your contribution towards the Scholarship Fund. We'll keep you posted with fundraising results. Anybody who donates $50 or higher between now and Friday November 30th will get their name listed in the Thank You section at the bottom of the Academy webpage!
SAVE THE FROGS! Scholarship in YOUR name
If you or your company can donate $650 to cover a students' full scholarship, we can name that scholarship after you or a loved one -- a great way to receive recognition for your support! Please contact us to learn more.
Portuguese frog photo by Vasco Flores
Save The Frogs Partners with "GIVING TUESDAY"
We have a day for giving thanks, and two for getting shopping deals. Now we are happy to announce a day for giving back! "Giving Tuesday" is a new campaign to create a national day of giving at the start of the annual holiday season. It celebrates and encourages charitable donations to support nonprofit organizations. SAVE THE FROGS! is partnering with GivingTuesday to spread the word and encourage people to step up their personal commitment to bettering the planet. Now it’s up to YOU. GivingTuesday relies on people everywhere to do their part to make this a real success. Nonprofits are the driving force behind most environmental protection efforts, yet most environmental nonprofits are severely underfunded and therefore fulfilling only a fraction of their potential. This shouldn't be the case!
I encourage you to support amphibian conservation today -- GivingTuesday -- by donating to SAVE THE FROGS!. We will direct all donations between now and Friday November 30th to the SAVE THE FROGS! Scholarship Fund, to help put talented students through SAVE THE FROGS! Academy. Thanks for being a part of GivingTuesday!
Learn more about GivingTuesday here!
Protecting California Red-Legged Frog Egg Masses at Antonelli Pond
In January 2011 we began restoring habitat for endangered California Red-Legged Frogs at Antonelli Pond in Santa Cruz. Hundreds of volunteers have helped us remove non-native weeds and bullfrogs, and plant native vegetation. On November 16th, 15 students from the Natural Bridges Green Careers High School helped us install fish exclusion fences to prevent non-native fish from eating the California Red-Legged Frog egg masses! Thanks to Patagonia for funding this project, the Land Trust of Santa Cruz County for their assistance, SAVE THE FROGS! Advisory Committee Member Dr. Nina D’Amore for coordinating everything, and of course all the volunteers!
Kids Raise Funds for SAVE THE FROGS! with Bake Sale
Thanks to Young Frog Savers Mackenzie Oudshoorn and friend Emily for raising $51 for SAVE THE FROGS! at their recent bake sale! If you can run a bake sale for the frogs, we can send you a free cookie cutter or two, please see our Fundraising page for details and lots of ideas on how YOU can easily raise money for SAVE THE FROGS!
“Hello Kerry! My daughter Mackenzie & her friend Emily along with myself, sold frog cookies and frog gummies at their school bazaar this year and were able to raise $51 to go towards all the hard work Save The Frogs does – and hopefully be able to help the Fowler Toads in Fort Erie! Mackenzie and her friend Emily worked quite diligently at the bazaar and did very well informing people about Frogs and the importance of preserving their habitats handing out flyers and info sheets along with some bookmarks from Save The Frogs. We are hoping to have a big event to raise more awareness and hopefully more funds for Save The Frogs in April 2013. Keep up the great work! -- Sincerely, Melanie & Mackenzie Oudshoorn”
Calling All California Wildlife Lovers!
BERKELEY, CA: You are invited to the California Wildlife Festival Thursday November 29th 5-8pm, where I will be giving a presentation on frogs AND performing live music, accompanied by my brother Chad on didgeredoo. Chad and I have been playing music together for 16 years. This will be our first ever public performance (other than on beaches, cliff sides, street corners and in tunnels), and we plan to blow your mind! Please bring friends and plan to have a great time! Michael Starkey will be speaking about California's amphibians at 5pm and I will give a global view on amphibian conservation at 5:20pm. Music is from 6-8pm. It's free! Click the image below for the PDF and see www.savethefrogs.com/events for more info. See you there!
See you in Berkeley this Thursday!
Have a great week! Thanks for helping SAVE THE FROGS!
Dr. Kerry Kriger
Save The Frogs
Founder, Executive Director & Ecologist
Talking frogs to a group of 200 kids in Berriozabal, Chiapas, Mexico earlier this month.