Let's send undergraduates out to teach kids about frogs in one of the world's most biodiverse areas
Dear SAVE THE FROGS! Supporter,
We are now $1,800 towards our goal of the $5,000 we need to kickstart our newest international branch, SAVE THE FROGS! Colombia. We have 30 Colombians already signed up for this Wednesday's online conference in which I will lay out my vision for SAVE THE FROGS! Colombia, seek volunteers, delegate positions and announce how much funding the brand new organization will receive. As Colombia is home to nearly 800 amphibian species, many of which are under severe threat from habitat destruction, pesticides, over-collecting and chytridiomycosis, I hope you can help out by donating $25 or whatever you can afford, so that we can reach our $5,000 goal. It's tax-deductible and for a great cause, so please help out!
One of our intial projects will be in the Valle del Cauca, home to 162 amphibian species, 40% of which are experiencing some degree of threat. It is extremely important to conduct educational campaigns in communities that are near critical amphibian habitat. We need to raise $1,500 to send three SAVE THE FROGS! Cali undergraduate biologists to conduct nine days of education informing the local people of the importance of amphibians, their role in the ecosystem, the threats they face, and how local people can help.
Our project focuses on three species of poison dart frogs (Dendrobatidae) that are experiencing various threats:
Oophaga lehmanni (Critically Endangered), Andinobates viridis (Vulnerable), Phyllobates bicolor (Near Threatened).
We chose these species because they are brightly-colored and charismatic; they are being illegally trafficked; they have value to human medicine; and they are in localities that are easily accessed by SAVE THE FROGS! Cali educators. With your financial support, three undergraduate biologists from the Universidad del Valle will visit three communities for three days each, to give two to four presentations to kids, adults and teachers. Great for the frogs, great for the communities and great training for the undergrads! And your financial support will make it possible!
Learn more here and donate here!
Centrolene savagei photo courtesy Oscar Hernandez
Getting serious about stopping ambibian extinctions on Save The Frogs Day 2013 in the Valle del Cauca.
Please order a 100% organic cotton SAVE THE FROGS! Colombia shirt to show your support and help spread the word. The shirts look fabulous: you'll love their bright colors!
Save Tesla Park's endangered frogs from off-road vehicles
California's Off Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division (OHMVR) is planning to let intensive off-road vehicle use destroy the upland habitats of Tesla Park's frogs and salamanders! SAVE THE FROGS! is joining an effort led by Friends of Tesla Park to preserve the historic and natural resources of this parcel.
Please submit your comment asking the California State Parks to prohibit any new off-road vehicle use in Tesla Park, as it would illegally endanger federally protected amphibian species.
Amphibian Road Mortality
Please read this 2008 paper on amphibian road mortality by Benedikt Schmidt and Silvia Zumbach to learn all about preventing amphibian road mortality. Then add this cool image by Jones Hiaso to your website and link it to:
Fun with Frogs in Florida:
Avalon Theisen's Save The Frogs Day Event in Tampa
On April 27, 2013, for the 3rd year in a row, Tampa Bay area’s Save The Frogs Day offered attendees the opportunity to get a Frog Passport and make the rounds, playing games and doing activities that helped them understand the importance of frogs to our world. Learning about challenges that frogs face, as well as solutions ordinary people can do to help, served as a reminder that helping frogs means helping the environment, both locally and globally. 87 participants enjoyed activities such as Stamp Out the Threats to Frogs, learning about frog saving tools, going on one of Avalon’s “frog listening hikes,” and the 2nd annual Human Frog Chorus that took place just before the prize drawing for donated prizes. Thanks to a Disney Friends for Change grant, a new focus for our event this year was service opportunities for youth attendees, which will allow for even further amphibian conservation reach. Options offered were habitat clean-up, Care Cans, pledging to take action to help frogs, and croaking for amphibian conservation awareness. Youth volunteers also assembled 20 treefrog house kits for educators, which will allow classrooms and groups to monitor treefrog and invasive species activity. An awesome addition this year was the Save The Frogs Day Package for Event Organizers, which we received from SAVE THE FROGS! as a result of a generous grant they received.
Funding and/or support for the Tampa Bay Area Save the Frogs Day 2013 event was provided by grants from SAVE THE FROGS!, Disney Friends for Change Grant, Camp Bayou and Greening Forward Earth Savers Club Challenge. This event was also a Global Youth Service Day, and “Let’s G.O.! (Get Outside) Play. Serve. Celebrate. Children & Nature Network” inspired initiative. Check out http://conserveitforward.org to learn more!
"Empower other people, ordinary people to connect with the environment through small acts."
-- Avalon Theisen at the 2013 Hillsborough County YEA! Award ceremony
2012 Financial Report
The vast majority of your donations in 2012 (92.8%) went directly to our programs. SAVE THE FROGS! is able to outperform most nonprofits in this respect by having strict financial policies, a large volunteer base, few paper mailings, and a very small office. We plan to continue to keep our costs low so that your donation has its greatest possible impact.
Here is a summary of SAVE THE FROGS! 2012 Financial Data:
-- TOTAL EXPENSES: $158,288
Program Expenses: $146,916 (92.8%)
Administrative Expenses: $8,082 (5.1%)
Fundraising Expenses: $3,290 (2.1%)
My 2012 salary was $33,333.
-- TOTAL REVENUES: $192,944
Donations from Individuals: $144,645 (74.9%)
Donations from Corporations: $1,904 (1.0%)
Membership Dues: $8,788 (4.6%)
Merchandise: $30,492 (16.0%)
Honorariums for Lectures: $1,412 (0.7%)
Foundation Grants: $5,642 (2.9%)
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We've slashed prices on our wristbands!
These cool wristbands make great gifts and help get the word out! All proceeds support our efforts. And prices have been temporarily reduced, so grab yours now!
Even armadillos love our wristbands:
Florida frog lovers unite!
INSTAGRAM users can help SAVE THE FROGS!
INSTAGRAM USERS: Please be sure to hashtag all your amphibious photos with #savethefrogs and follow us at savethefrogs - Thanks!
Thanks for helping SAVE THE FROGS!
Your support makes all our efforts possible, thank you!
Dr. Kerry Kriger
SAVE THE FROGS! Founder, Executive Director & Ecologist
San Francisco, Antioquia, Colombia, April 28, 2013