My Birthday Wish
Dear SAVE THE FROGS! Supporter,
It's no secret that I really like frogs. Over the last ten years I've spent over 20,000 hours studying frogs, writing about them, teaching people about them, and I've even taken to the streets to protest on their behalf. I've created a worldwide movement dedicated to protecting frogs and changing our species' destructive relationship with nature. I've spoken to over 10,000 people at presentations in the USA, Canada, Panama, Brazil, South Korea, Mexico and Ghana, and educated over one million website visitors. SAVE THE FROGS! now has thousands of supporters worldwide, and there has never been a time when we've had so much potential to create positive change. But even while we're the best and the most efficient we've ever been, it is extremely clear to me that we are currently operating far below our potential! Can you imagine if we had one person dedicated to every one of our projects, rather than my staff of 4 part-timers trying to handle 25 projects? I am 100% certain we would be able to save a lot more frogs and educate far more people!
Sunday December 2nd is my birthday, and I hope you will give me a wonderful SAVE THE FROGS! birthday present in the form of a donation to the SAVE THE FROGS! Scholarship Fund. The scholarships will enable us to train 10 talented students in amphibian conservation techniques this spring through our newly announced SAVE THE FROGS! Academy. The scholarships cover the students' tuition, and in return each student provides SAVE THE FROGS! with 32 hours of free assistance on our most important projects. This will significantly accelerate our programs and increase the number of conservationists skilled in our frog saving methods!
Since announcing the Academy two days ago, we have raised $970 of the $6,500 we need to give out ten full scholarships for the Spring 2013 session. That's a great start but it's only enough for a single scholarship! Fifteen students have already written me expressing interest in the Academy, and I'm sure many more will apply over the coming weeks. Please help us raise the remaining $5,530 we need to give out ten scholarships! If you donate $50 or more between now and my birthday December 2nd, we will list you on the SAVE THE FROGS Academy's Thank You page! Donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Thanks for helping!!!
Please wish me a happy birthday and help me accomplish my frog saving dreams by donating to SAVE THE FROGS Scholarship Fund!
YOUR Company Can Sponsor Save The Frogs Day!
SAVE THE FROGS! is currently welcoming corporate sponsors for the 5th Annual Save The Frogs Day (April 27, 2013). Conceived and coordinated by SAVE THE FROGS!, Save The Frogs Day is the world’s largest day of amphibian education and conservation action. Your company’s support is crucial to our mission of protecting amphibian population and promoting a society that respects and appreciates nature and wildlife, so we encourage you to help us SAVE THE FROGS!
Top Three Reasons to Sponsor SAVE THE FROGS!
By becoming an Official Sponsor of SAVE THE FROGS!, your company will be:
(1) Helping save frogs and the environment;
(2) Demonstrating your company’s commitment to the planet to current and potential customers; and
(3) Putting your company name in front of thousands of eco-conscious SAVE THE FROGS! supporters. We will do our best to help ensure your company gets the positive publicity it deserves!
Brand New SAVE THE FROGS! Postcards
SAVE THE FROGS! postcards are a fantastic way to spread the word and connect with friends and family, so we are pleased to offer you three more cards, featuring some of our favorite art from the SAVE THE FROGS! Art Contest. All proceeds help us SAVE THE FROGS! and you get a free sticker with your order.
The Bornean Frog Race - April 27, 2013
It’s great to have Malaysia celebrating Save The Frogs Day once again with the Bornean Frog Race! If you like running around the rainforest photographing frogs, this event is for you! Please contact Sam Shonleben at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. We encourage everybody to start planning their own Save The Frogs Day event, and to register your Save The Frogs Day event so that we can get it online and track participation.
More Awareness for Mountain Yellow-Legged Frogs
With the help of SAVE THE FROGS!, the Endangered Species Coalition has just published Water Woes: How dams, diversions, dirty water and droughts put America’s wildlife at risk, which profiles 17 threatened or endangered species within 10 important ecosystems in the USA. SAVE THE FROGS! nominated and wrote the section on the Sierra Nevada Yellow-legged Frog, Rana sierrae, and the Mountain Yellow-legged Frog, Rana muscosa, in an effort to bring further awareness to the array of threats these species face in the Sierra Nevada of California. The introduction of non-native trout, chytrid fungus, and pesticides and pollution has resulted in these species disappearing from 93% of their historic range. Please read the full report here.
Photo courtesy Dr. Vance Vredenburg
The Fantastic Frog Art Giveaway: December 18th, 2012 in Santa Cruz
Join us at SAVE THE FROGS! World Headquarters on Tuesday December 18th from 5:30pm to 7pm for the Fantastic Frog Art Giveaway! Meet our staff and volunteers and walk away with FREE FROG ART! That’s right, we have well over 100 original pieces of quality frog art that seek a good home. We’ll also have some framed art for sale, some free books, and some books for sale, all proceeds to SAVE THE FROGS!. Come have fun and get your frog questions answered. Pick up some eco-friendly SAVE THE FROGS! merchandise to give as holiday gifts while you’re here. Have a look at the 200+ frogs that hang out on our walls...see you soon!
Frog Art by Wong Ka Hung, China
An Interview with Michael Starkey
Biologist Michael Starkey began volunteering with SAVE THE FROGS! in 2010 and now chairs our Advisory Committee. He has worked with a wide diversity of California wildlife, including California tiger salamanders, San Francisco garter snakes, giant garter snakes, bats, and ringtails. He has also worked at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama, studying larval development and parental behavior of the neo-tropical frog, Leptodactylus insularum. Scott Harris recently interviewed Michael.
The faces of conservation, Michael Starkey and Dr. Jane Goodall. Image courtesy Tyler Shaw of Sharpmind Photography.
Photo courtesy Vasco Flores, Portugal
Today in Berkeley: My 212th SAVE THE FROGS Presentation AND Live Music
Join us at the California Wildlife Festival for an evening celebrating California's remarkable wildlife! Featuring presentations by me and Michael Starkey. I will be playing live music with my brother Chad, with whom I have been creating music for the past 16 years. Please download and print the PDF of the flyer below! Learn about the state's creatures and the organizations working to protect them. Kids—and adults—can meet Ranger Rick and our very own Southern Orange-Eyed Treefrog. Sponsored by our friends at the National Wildlife Federation!
When: Thursday Nov 29th 5-6pm presentations and 6-8pm live music.
Where: The LEED Platinum rated Brower Center., one of the world's most environmentally friendly buildings. 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704.
Cost: Free Admission, so please bring lots of friends!
Thanks for your support!
Dr. Kerry Kriger
Save The Frogs
Founder, Executive Director & Ecologist