SAVE THE FROGS!
Dear SAVE THE FROGS! Supporter,
Thanks to the 18 donors who have helped us raise $1,150 towards our goal of $5,000 for SAVE THE FROGS! Colombia, our newest international branch. Over 10% of the word's frog species live in Colombia, and we've got hundreds of Colombians interested in volunteering for SAVE THE FROGS! Colombia. That means we have an incredible opportunity to help a lot of endangered frogs. SAVE THE FROGS! Colombia will be extremely successful with YOUR financial support, so please donate today. Last week I donated $500, and I hope you can pitch in as well. Please place your tax-deductible donation today and help ensure we have a permanent branch of SAVE THE FROGS! empowering Colombians to protect their country's fragile biodiversity. Your donation will make the difference in how many frogs we save, from the Andes to the Amazon.
Do you know how I started SAVE THE FROGS? I bought $1,000 worth of Frogs of Australia posters and $3,000 worth of SAVE THE FROGS! shirts and I started selling them. That's how all successful businesses start, right? You start with a few thousand dollars and turn it into ten thousand dollars. Repeat. Do it again. Use that money to save frogs, educate people, train staff and volunteers and next thing you know you have full-time staff and hundreds of volunteers saving frogs, and the world will never be the same. Please help us start with $5,000 in Colombia. Thank You!
SAVE THE FROGS! Colombia biologist Oscar Hernandez photographed this beautiful glass frog protecting his embryos above a stream one rainy night in Bitaco Reserve, Valle del Cauca, Colombia.
Last Chance To Join Us In Belize - Save $500! - Act Fast
Would you like to join me on an amazing tropical adventure in Belize? We have two spots available on our upcoming SAVE THE FROGS! Eco-Tour to Belize (July 11-20, 2013). You'll get to learn all about frogs and tropical ecology from me, Michael Starkey and Professor Dave Wyatt, and you'll meet lots of great new frog loving friends. We are offering this exciting experience at a significantly reduced rate of $1,795 (a major discount from the standard $2,295 price!). This cost includes all lodging, in-country transportation, world-class tour guides and their scientific expertise, tips, and all but two meals. Participant is responsible for purchasing their own airfare (likely $750 roundtrip from the USA). If you are interested in this exciting opportunity, please contact Advisory Committee Chairman Michael Starkey at firstname.lastname@example.org and learn all about the SAVE THE FROGS! Eco-tour to Belize at: www.savethefrogs.com/trips
Please act fast as this offer ends on June 18th!
SAVE THE FROGS! Colombia shirts have arrived!
Over 10% of the planet's amphibian species live in Colombia. Help save the frogs from the Andes to the Amazon by ordering these awesome 100% organic cotton t-shirts. All proceeds will help kickstart our newest international branch, SAVE THE FROGS! Colombia. I have field tested this shirt: the colors are super bright and the first day I wore it, three people asked me what the shirt was all about. That means they're geat conversation starters, giving you a perfect chance to make new friends and educate them about frog conservation. Order one today, there are only 72 in existence!
SAVE THE FROGS! Colombia Online Conference
This June 26th at 3pm US PST (5pm Bogota time) we will have an online conference to discuss the future of SAVE THE FROGS! Colombia, including filling volunteer positions and executive positions. Anybody interested in Colombian frog conservation is welcome to attend. Please RSVP here. Please try to share a computer if you have friends who will also attend, as space is limited to 25 total computers.
This conference will likely be in Spanish, though if there are English speakers present perhaps we will make it bilingual. On that note, it would be difficult for me to underestimate how important it is that all frog conservationists speak a second language. SAVE THE FROGS! Colombia exists because (1) some Colombians learned English well enough to read our website and newsletters and (2) I learned Spanish well enough to give presentations in Spanish in Panama and Colombia. How many wonderful collaborations will or will not materialize in YOUR life based on YOUR motivation to learn a second language? All non-English speakers greatly improve their chances of financial and professional success by speaking English and all citizens of the Western Hemisphere more than double their ability to travel and meet new people once they speak both Spanish and English. So start learning a second language, for the frogs!
Save The Frogs Day events in Atewa, Ghana
Thanks to all our fantastic donors who helped us meet our fundraising goal for our efforts in Ghana's Atewa Hills! On Friday June 21, this year’s 5th Annual Save The Frogs Day will be celebrated in the Atewa District Capital, Kwabeng, under the theme “The Need To Protect The Atewa Forest From Mining”. The program will be held at the Presby J.H.S Park, starting at 2:00 pm. School children will go on a march along the the principal streets of Kwabeng, holding placards with inscriptions such as
CREATE THE ATEWA HILLS NATIONAL PARK
DON’T MINE THE ATEWA FOREST
STOP ILLEGAL LOGGING IN THE ATEWA FOREST
HELP SAVE THE TOGO SLIPPERY FROG
SAVE ATEWA FOREST AND SAVE LIVES among others.
The SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana team will give educational presentations and the local people and school children will DRUM AND DANCE FOR THE TOGO SLIPPERY FROG, as a way to communicate the Slippery Frog’s conservation importance to the general public. The celebration is expected to draw up to 500 people and will be the largest of this year’s Save the Frogs Day programs in Ghana. In attendance will be the Atewa Director of National Commission and Civic and Education, District Director of Education, and headmasters and proprietors of local schools. The celebration is in line with SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana’s efforts to get the government to rescind its decision to mine the Atewa Forest for bauxite, and to permanently protect the Atewa Forest as the Atewa Hills National Park. Similarly, the celebration will also educate the local people surrounding the Atewa Forest who are currently exploiting the forest illegally for gold, timber and as well hunting the critically endangered Togo Slippery Frog for food. The Atewa Forest is currently unprotected, and the critically endangered Togo Slippery Frogs (as well as over 700+ butterfly species that live there) are under serious threat from illegal logging, mountaintop removal mining and people hunting the frogs for food. SAVE THE FROGS! welcomes your financial support: you can donate via www.savethefrogs.com/donate then just reply to this email to ask us to direct your donation towards our Ghana efforts. Thanks!
SAVE THE FROGS! has been chosen as a semi-finalist in the G-Project competition!
SAVE THE FROGS! has been chosen as a semi-finalist in the G-Project competition! Out of 350 ideas, SAVE THE FROGS! proposal was picked as one of the 16 world-changing ideas that will be reviewed by an esteemed panel of judges-including conservationist Dr. Jane Goodall! We are now in the running for one of the four coveted spots at the Summit in the Jungle in Costa Rica, and $25,000 in funding! If chosen, Advisory Committee Chairman Michael Starkey will travel to Costa Rica to present our proposal to the judges in order to greatly expand the impact of the 6th Annual Save The Frogs Day!
Thanks to everyone who voted for us!
Thanks to Bhutan, Bolivia & India for helping us re-define what is possible
Bhutan's Prime Minister Jigmi Thinley said in June 2013 his government is developing a National Organic Policy because the country’s farmers are increasingly convinced that “by working in harmony with nature, they can help sustain the flow of nature’s bounties”. In 2012, India's Ministry of Environment and Forests issued a directive instructing "all the institutes/establishments associated with teaching of medical, pharmacy and other graduate/postgraduate courses in life sciences to follow the guidelines for discontinuation of dissection and animal experimentation in the universities/colleges and introduce use of alternatives to animal experimentation". And in 2010, Bolivia's government gave official rights to Mother Earth, the kind of rights that never made it into our own Bill of Rights.
Can you imagine what would be possible if people just set their goals higher? Perhaps we would have no pesticides, no dissections, and no debates over whether protecting our planet is "worth the cost".
Please mark your calendar for the International Day of Pesticide Action (October 12th, 2013).
Thanks for helping SAVE THE FROGS!
There's a lot more frog news to come!
Dr. Kerry Kriger
SAVE THE FROGS! Founder, Executive Director & Ecologist
Santa Cruz, California
Live in Bogota at the University of the Andes, April 2013
"Dear Dr. Kriger, I have been reading about Save The Frogs Day, and I congratulate you on a significant contribution. People like you will keep the rest of us on track in conservation!"
-- Andy Boyles, Honesdale, PA; Science Editor for Highlights Magazine