Dear SAVE THE FROGS! Supporter,
SAVE THE FROGS! Academy is in session and SAVE THE FROGS! is in high gear educating people about the threats to frogs and organizing thousands of frog lovers into the most effective force for frogs this planet has ever known. Your generous tax-deductible contribution is crucial to the success of our mission and the future of amphibious and human life on this planet. Your donation enables us to coordinate Save The Frogs Day; protect critical habitat; get frog legs out of restaurants and get harmful pesticides banned; and to train the next generation of amphibian biologists. SAVE THE FROGS! is protecting amphibians around the world and promoting a society that respects and appreciates nature and wildlife. We promise to convert your hard-earned dollars into time-tested, proven amphibian conservation actions that spread amphibian awareness to the farthest corners of the planet. Thanks so much for helping SAVE THE FROGS!
"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
International Take A Hike Day: Saturday, August 17th
The goal of the International Take A Hike Day is to get people outside! When people love nature they are much more willing to protect nature. But as habitats get destroyed and technology consumes more of our time, the disconnect between people and nature grows. In the 21st century, making sure we spend time outdoors is more important than ever...plus hiking is enjoyable and healthy! So please mark your calendar for the 1st Annual International Take A Hike Day! All you have to do to take part is go for a hike or spend some time in the great outdoors. You'll reconnect with your roots and remember what is at stake if we don't act quickly to protect nature and wildlife. We encourage all hiking and wildlife groups to arrange hikes on August 17th and spread the word about the International Take A Hike Day. Don't worry if you don't have a local group, just go for a hike by yourself or with some friends and family. The international Take A Hike Day was conceived and is coordinated by SAVE THE FROGS!, so we appreciate your support and participation!
Please register here if you will be hiking on the International Take A Hike Day! It's quick and helps us track participation. Only one person per group should register. Thanks!
Intro to Amphibian Conservation Class - Watch The Video
On Sunday I gave a free "Introduction to Amphibian Conservation" online class to 30 SAVE THE FROGS! Academy students. Please watch a video of the class on the SAVE THE FROGS! YouTube Channel: http://youtu.be/RedvuNzy-y0 and share with your frog-loving friends and colleagues. Be sure to tell your friends and students that SAVE THE FROGS! Academy classes are now taking place every Wednesday and Sunday: Next class is this Wednesday at 11am Pacific time. Register at: www.savethefrogs.com/classes
SAVE THE FROGS! Academy Class: Wednesday, August 14th
SAVE THE FROGS! Academy is how we will teach YOU how to SAVE THE FROGS!. If you are pursuing a career in environmental conservation, we highly encourage you to attend these classes, which cover topics you will not learn about at your school or university. Or if you are just interested in helping frogs but have another career, you are welcome to attend as well! For this Wednesday's class, SAVE THE FROGS! Founder Dr. Kerry Kriger will discuss Save The Frogs Day, the world's largest day of amphibian education, and how you can take part. If you plan to host a Save The Frogs Day event on the 6th Annual Save The Frogs Day (April 26, 2014), you are welcome to tell us about your event ideas and we will provide feedback! If you have held an event in the past and want to tell the class about your experiences, let us know. Dr. Kriger will also introduce the International Take A Hike Day (which takes place August 17) and encourage you to take a hike this Saturday! Meets online 11am-12pm San Francisco Time. Free. Brought to you by SAVE THE FROGS! Academy. You must register here.
Leptodactylus insularum (Panama) photo by Michael Starkey
Dr. Tyrone Hayes to give presentation on Atrazine August 18th
Special Event August 18th, 2013: SAVE THE FROGS! Founder Dr. Kerry Kriger and UC Berkeley professor Dr. Tyrone Hayes will give presentations on the harmful pesticide Atrazine and discuss ways that you can help us get it banned. Meets online 5pm-6pm San Francisco time. Register here. Please watch this video of Dr. Kriger’s 2012 speech at US EPA headquarters for some valuable background.
Atrazine is one of the world’s most common pesticides: over 80 million pounds of it were used on American crops last year, and it has been in use for 50 years. This harmful pesticide is an endocrine disruptor that can turn male frogs into females at concentrations as low as 2.5 parts per billion. Atrazine causes cancer in laboratory mammals and developmental problems in fish. Atrazine is one of the most commonly detected pesticides in rainwater, groundwater and tapwater in the USA. The European Union banned this harmful pesticide in 2004 and it is time the United States followed suit! SAVE THE FROGS! needs your help to ensure Atrazine gets federally banned and out of production as soon as possible!
Author to donate $2 per book to SAVE THE FROGS! throughout August
Author Joanne McGonagle’s An Ordinary Toad’s Extraordinary Night is the story of a young toad named Andrew pondering whether his life would be more interesting had he been hatched a frog. Andrew embarks on his first solo hop to ask his grandpa some questions about what it means to be an amphibian. The story is blended with factual information that compares and contrasts the similarities and differences among toads and frogs. A young reader’s curiosity will be piqued as they consider the unique attributes of the individual creatures that make up a species, perhaps sparking the light of conservation in their hearts and minds. Joanne will donate $2 of every book sold in July to SAVE THE FROGS!, so please order it now!
SAVE THE FROGS! Comedy Show in Sacramento August 17
Like to Laugh? Like Frogs? Then we have an event for you! SAVE THE FROGS! Advisory Committee Chairman Michael Starkey has been invited back to the stage of the Sacramento Comedy Spot! As a guest, he will be interviewed by a group of hilarious comedians and they will use the information gathered as inspiration for improvised comedy scenes. The show is a lot like a funny episode of Saturday Night Live- but all the sketches are made up on the spot. While the amphibian extinction crisis is no laughing matter, this is an opportunity to reach and educate an audience about the threats facing amphibians through the power of comedy! At the event, we will also have our eco-friendly merchandise for sale, so please come out and show your support! The show starts at 9PM and tickets are $12. For more information, please visit the Sacramento Comedy Spot website.
Willimantic, CT: March For The Frogs
In order to bring awareness to the devastating declines of amphibian populations around the world, SAVE THE FROGS! marched in the Willimantic Boombox Parade! Volunteers of SAVE THE FROGS! distributed educational materials, stickers, and organic sweets to children watching the parade. Willimantic loves its frogs and these amazing amphibians can be see all over the windows of businesses throughout the town. One bridge in the center of town is adorned with four giant, green frogs!
Thanks for helping SAVE THE FROGS!
Please be sure to join our SAVE THE FROGS! Academy classes online every Sunday and Wednesday!
Dr. Kerry Kriger
SAVE THE FROGS! Founder, Executive Director & Ecologist
With Michael Starkey atop Xunantunich, 2013 Belize Eco-Tour.
Stay tuned for a ton of amazing photos from our trip!