Dear SAVE THE FROGS! Supporter,
Did you know that five years ago today SAVE THE FROGS! did not exist? Five years ago today there was no savethefrogs.com website; no electronic newsletter; no Save The Frogs Day; no information for students or teachers who wanted to take positive action for amphibians; and no worldwide movement to educate society about the largest mass extinction in the past 65 million years. In late March of 2008, this lack of amphibian awareness and the non-existence of any mass social movement to protect amphibians started to disturb me. I had just bought a plane ticket to Holland, where I was planning to study music for the summer. But the frogs were dying, and I knew it was up to me to save them. I cancelled my plane ticket and got to work. I didn't have much of a plan, only a vision. A vision of a society that respects and appreciates nature and wildlife. And look at us now!
SAVE THE FROGS! now has 1,135 official members in 21 countries. Our educational programs are in 75 countries and we even have international branches in Africa and Asia. We've got hundreds of amazing volunteers holding Save The Frogs Day events and we have a staff of seven awesome frog-saving employees. We've got posters up in some of the world's busiest airports, and our educational materials are in schools worldwide. Most importantly, we have created a proven system of educating and inspiring people to care about and protect frogs! Our movement will continue to grow...and with your financial support it will grow rapidly!
If you think SAVE THE FROGS! has made the world a better place now than it was five years ago, and if you want us to continue spreading amphibian awareness to the farthest corners of the planet (as well as YOUR hometown), I strongly urge you to place the largest donation you can afford, right now, to ensure we can SAVE THE FROGS! Nobody does a better job protecting amphibian populations than SAVE THE FROGS!. As our 5th birthday approaches, I hope that you can give us an amazing 5th birthday present in the form of the most generous tax-deductible donation you can afford. Thank you for helping SAVE THE FROGS!
WHERE'S MY MONEY GOING?
Great question. Donate today and you will be helping us celebrate our 5th birthday with the most amazingly successful Save The Frogs Day to date! I am receiving requests on a daily basis from Save The Frogs Day event organizers who need funding to make their events a reality. I CAN ONLY FUND THEM WITH YOUR HELP! These people are volunteering their time to educate their communities about frogs, but many of them are from third-world countries and they rely on our assistance to fund their events. I have received well-written funding proposals from Colombia, Ghana, Bangladesh, Nigeria, India, Nepal and Madagascar. Our hard work over the past five years has created this worldwide network of amphibian conservationists, and with your support today we will be ensuring that we maximize the return on our investment by enabling these volunteers to educate their communities about frog conservation. I know how much it means to receive an award: not only will we be making these events possible, we will be creating lifelong amphibian conservationists. Also note that in 2012, 93% of SAVE THE FROGS! revenues went directly to our conservation programs, a far higher proportion than your average nonprofit. This is due to our responsible fiscal management!
Thanks for your support!
-- Kerry Kriger, Ph.D.
Thanks to Craig Erickson for the awesome photo!
Watch my speech to the US Environmental Protection Agency urging them to ban Atrazine
On June 12th, 2012 I gave a 25 minute presentation at the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Atrazine hearings in Arlington, VA. Please watch this brand new YouTube video of my entire speech urging the EPA to ban Atrazine. Please also mark your calendar for October 12th’s International Day of Pesticide Action (conceived and coordinated by SAVE THE FROGS!). We will be holding a rally at the Washington Monument, and hope you will join us!
“Wow, Kerry, Just listened to your speech, fantastic! Effective, respectful, backed by scientific data, persuasive. I could go on. If that didn’t persuade some people to reconsider, then I don’t know what will. Awesome!”
– Save The Frogs Day Organizer Raina Mullen
SAVE THE FROGS! supporters slam Canadian government with emails!
A huge thanks also to the 1,298 SAVE THE FROGS! supporters who sent in letters to the Canadian government last week urging them to protect the Fowler's Toads at Lake Erie! The letters went to 18 different politicians' email addresses, for a grand total of 23,364 emails. We're quite certain that Lake Erie's imminent toad massacre is now on the government's radar, and we are working hard to rally worldwide support for the toads.
Please post this icon on your site and link it to http://savethefrogs.com/toads
Please send this brand new flyer to your Canadian friends!
Please download the PDF of this flyer, send it to your friends in Canada, and post a few around your town or school. Thanks to Alyson Lee for the wonderful volunteer graphic designing! Want to learn more about this issue? You can watch all 4 of our SAVE THE FROGS! Academy class videos on the topic at www.youtube.com/savethefrogs
SAVE THE FROGS! is creating young frog savers in San Francisco
SAVE THE FROGS! would like to thank the students and staff of R.L. Stevenson Elementary School in San Francisco, CA, who hosted a presentation by SAVE THE FROGS! Advisory Committee Chairman Michael Starkey. The students learned about amphibian ecology and they also learned about what they can do to save amphibians from extinction. The students are planning their second Save The Frogs Day event and are eager to Save The Frogs in San Francisco! Michael also gave presentations about amphibian ecology and conservation at the Aquarium of the Bay located on Pier 39′s Fisherman’s Wharf! At the aquarium, attendees sprung forward to the new season and learned all about the wild world of frogs. The entire weekend was spent celebrating amphibians! Aquarium attendees played educational games about frog ecology, learned about native species and discovered how they can save the frogs! To learn all about how to Save The Frogs at YOUR school, please visit:
Nurul Islam wins Bat Conservation International's 2013 Conservation Impact Award
Congratulations to SAVE THE FROGS! Bangladesh Executive Director Nurul Islam for winning Bat Conservation International’s 2013 Conservation Impact Award! We’re happy to have Nurul assisting frogs. Please visit www.savethefrogs.com/bangladesh to learn about Nurul's frog conservation efforts.
Save The Frogs Day in Santa Cruz, California
SAVE THE FROGS! and the University of California at Santa Cruz (UCSC) will be teaming up to hold a fantastic frog-filled Save The Frogs Day event at the UCSC Arboretum. UCSC Herpetology Professor Dr. Barry Sinervo will give a presentation on amphibians and the effects of climate change. SAVE THE FROGS! Executive Assistant and Ecologist Kathlyn Franco will talk about local wildlife issues and the work she does at SAVE THE FROGS!. Jeanie Vogelzang will lead a frog art class for kids. SAVE THE FROGS! interns Fernando Garcia and Andre Le will discuss the International Day of Pesticide Action and our efforts to ban the harmful pesticide Atrazine. After the presentations, we will head down to the Arboretum's pond to look for California Red-Legged Frogs, Pacific Chorus Frogs and California Newts. Event will begin in the late afternoon and go until an hour or two after dark. More details coming soon. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info or to find out how you can get involved.
Thanks for your support!
Have a great weekend!
Dr. Kerry Kriger
Save The Frogs
Founder, Executive Director & Ecologist
In the North Cascades, Washington State.