SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana Wins Global Conservation Leadership Award
Dear SAVE THE FROGS! Supporter,
Congratulations to SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana Executive Director Gilbert Adum and his team for winning a Conservation Leadership Award of $15,000, for the protection of Ghana's critically endangered West Africa Giant Squeaker Frog (Conraua derooi). The Squeaker Frog is in immediate trouble of extinction as only 12 individuals are known to exist, all in an unprotected forest patch in Western Ghana's Sui River Forest Reserve. SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana will collect data on the Squeaker Frog's population status and habitats, and launch an education program to increase awareness among local people and the general public. As part of the award, Gilbert will also attend a two-week Conservation Leadership & Management Training Workshop at a remote ecological research station in the foothills of the Canadian Rockies, where he will learn important leadership skills to help himself and team members become the next generation of experts at the forefront of conservation in Ghana and globally.
A message I received from the US Environmental Protection Agency
Every pesticide in America undergoes a re-evaluation every 15 years and fortunately 2013 is the year that Atrazine gets reviewed. You remember Atrazine -- everybody's favorite endocrine-disrupting, frog-altering, "already banned in Europe" pesticide that contaminates 94% of America's tap water sources and is sprayed by the millions of kilograms onto our corn each year. Please read the note below and start preparing your personalized comment as to why the EPA must cancel Atrazine's registration immediately. This is a great project for students so after you write your own comment, please inform your local teachers. Once the EPA announces submission info for the comments, I will announce it. And please mark your calendar for the International Day of Pesticide Action (October 12th, 2013).
Here is the message regarding Atrazine from the US EPA:
“Hi Kerry. The registration review process for Atrazine will begin on June 26, 2013 with the opening of the docket for a 60-day public comment period on the Agency’s Preliminary Work Plan (PWP). A notice in the Federal Register will announce the opening of the atrazine docket along with other chemicals starting registration review this quarter. During registration review, the EPA will fully reassess human health and ecological risks based on sound science and the most recent information available, including recommendations from the recent FIFRA SAP meetings, to determine whether pesticide products containing atrazine continue to meet the FIFRA standard for registration. The registration review process provides multiple opportunities for public participation, ensuring that important regulatory decisions will be developed in a transparent manner.
Chemical Review Manager
Pesticide Re-evaluation Division
EPA / OSCPP / OPP”
Please post this images on your website or social network and link to http://savethefrogs.com/atrazine
You can also order 4x6" versions of these cards and we'll ship them to you. Thanks!
SAVE THE FROGS! Ted Talk Video
Please watch this awesome TED talk by SAVE THE FROGS! Board Member Dr. Jean-Marc Hero, who supervised my Ph.D. research for several years while I was at Griffith University in Gold Coast, Australia.
"Clean air and clean water cannot be replaced by money. The future of the planet is not negotiable."
-- Dr. Jean-Marc Hero
Save The Frogs in Orange County's John Wayne International Airport
Thanks to our fantastic California donors who helped us fund the printing of this huge 4x12 educational poster that will soon get posted in Orange County's John Wayne International Airport. The poster describes the threats to frogs, why they are important, and ways to help. It will introduces thousands of airport passengers to SAVE THE FROGS!. Click here to see a high resolution version that is easier to read.
We've got bumper stickers!
You can order this bumper sticker and others at: www.savethefrogs.com/stickers
Thanks for helping us spread the word!
Climate Change and Brazilian Frogs
A new Crossodactylodes species was found at Pico do Itambe State Park at South Espinhaço Range, Southeastern Brazil, living in an area smaller than one square kilometer, and dependent on a single species of bromeliad. Due to its restrictive habitat and micro-climatic requirements, climate change and bromeliad-collecting are probably a threat, but the effects of climate change on amphibian population in Brazil are poorly understood. Brazilian researchers from Instituto Biotrópicos,who hold Save The Frogs Day events each year, will develop a long-term monitoring protocol to evaluate the effects of climate variables on populations of the new mountaintop amphibian species at Pico do Itambe. This project will help evaluate the conservation status of the genus and the new species and will help prioritize conservation priorities for highland ecosystems within the Espinhaço Range. The first year of the project “The effects of climate change on a new mountaintop species from the Espinhaço Range” is supported by the Mohamed bin Zayed Conservation Fund and will soon bring great results!
Thanks for helping SAVE THE FROGS!
Thanks for your support. Please forward this email to your friends and colleagues!
Dr. Kerry Kriger
SAVE THE FROGS! Founder, Executive Director & Ecologist
Teaching chytrid detection techniques at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama City, 2009
"You guys have it right. I have made donations to many causes through the years (all of them animal rights or environmental). I am most impressed with how you run your organization, out of all of them. You are caring people. Every time I contact you, I get a personal response -- usually from Kerry! Unbelievable. I don't have unlimited funds; but when I do have some extra, I send it to you. Thank you for everything you do. Wish I lived closer so that I could lend a physical hand, too! Peace."
-- Linda Bishop, El Dorado Springs, Missouri