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Have you ever seen those tip jars when you are at a cashier's counter? The idea is that the server did a good job and so you tip them after the fact, in order to show your appreciation and to provide them incentive and inspiration to continue. Last month I celebrated ten years in amphibian conservation. I was hoping the 30,000 subscribers to this email list would find my work over the last ten years valuable enough that they would "tip" me and we could raise $10,000 for our amphibian conservation efforts, which would make my job a lot easier, as saving frogs with no funding is pretty difficult as you can imagine. The good news is that 31 generous donors have contributed $2,985 to our campaign. But that means we are still $7,015 short of our $10,000 goal! It also means that only 1 in 1,000 recipients of this newsletter deems my efforts worth tipping. That does not bode well for the frogs!
Nonetheless you know me well enough to know that I continue down this frog saving path regardless of anybody or any obstacle, so I will not be deterred. HOWEVER, if you want me to have the resources to save the frogs; if you want SAVE THE FROGS! to be able to employ more than three total staff members in the USA; if you want our small staff to be able to focus on our multitude of programs, rather than spending our time fundraising; if you want my brainpower to be directed towards conceiving and implementing original strategies for saving the world's most rapidly disappearing animals and changing the destructive course of human civilization; if you want to ensure SAVE THE FROGS! has the resources we need to educate millions of people; if you care enough about the planet to want to protect thousands of endangered frog species that could soon go completely extinct; and if you agree that no other organization on the planet does what SAVE THE FROGS! does; then please please please:
You can place your tax-deductible contribution either through our Indiegogo campaign page or through www.savethefrogs.com/donate - Thank You!
The 6th Annual Save The Frogs Day: April 26, 2014
The 6th Annual Save The Frogs Day (April 26, 2014) is set to be the largest day of amphibian education and conservation action in the planet’s history. Please get involved and help us reach our goal of 300 educational events in 50 countries! Start preparing your event, gathering your volunteers, and once you have a plan, be sure to register your event so we can post it on the site and keep track of all the Save The Frogs Day activity worldwide.
The official frog of Save The Frogs Day 2014 is Pristimantis palmeri. These amazing frogs live in the forest in the Dapa reserve near Cali, Valle del Cauca, Colombia.
Note: we aim to add all your amazing Save The Frogs Day photos to www.savethefrogs.com! We are stil in the process of adding 2013 event photos to the site; we apologize for the delay, but we unfortunately have no funds for a dedicated Save The Frogs Day coordinator!
New SAVE THE FROGS! Academy Video:
Releasing Mountain Yellow-Legged Frogs Into the Wild
In this SAVE THE FROGS! Academy video, SAVE THE FROGS! Founder Dr. Kerry Kriger and Frank Santana of the San Diego Zoo discuss California's critically endangered Mountain-Yellow Legged Frogs. Please watch it and learn ways YOU can help us save these critically endangered frogs. Also be sure to tell the USFWS to protect these frogs!
Photo of Rana muscosa courtesy Kris Ratzlaff
"Hi Dr. Kriger, I just wanted to convey to you how much I enjoyed and benefited from this afternoon's seminar on the Rana muscosa. It was very informative and inspiring. Increasingly, these sorts of initiatives are the only hope we have left for saving many frog species, and indeed, much of our planet's biodiversity. Thanks again for hosting the webinar." -- David S. Price, LEAD Asia Senior Environmental Consultant, Arcata, CA
"Thanks Kerry! I had a great time doing this. Thanks for all the work you all do at STF to inform and inspire the public to conserve amphibians and their environment!"-- Frank Santana, San Diego Zoo
SAVE THE FROGS! in Scientific American: new species of chytrid fungus
I am quoted in this new Scientific American article, which details the recent mass die-off of salamanders in The Netherlands, and the description of a brand new form of chytrid fungus, previously unknown to science, Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans. The identification of this new fungus should serve as a potent reminder of the dangers associated with the intercontinental trade and transport of amphibians, as there are clearly still many infectious diseases that we know little - or nothing - about. The best way to prevent these diseases from driving amphibians to extinction is to cease the shipments of amphibians around the world for non-essential purposes. Non-essential purposes include using frogs as pets, bait, food, and as research specimens when there is no clear conservation value associated with the research.
Neobatrachus sudelli, Australia
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Coastal Watershed Council Leads Tour to Amphibian Ponds
On September 14th, over twenty Water Tour attendees joined the Coastal Watershed Council, the Resource Conservation District of Santa Cruz County (RCD), and the US Fish and Wildlife Service to tour the ephemeral ponds at Ellicott Slough National Wildlife Refuge in Watsonville, CA. These ponds are the home of the endangered Santa Cruz long-toed salamander, threatened California red-legged frog, and the threatened California tiger salamander. At this refuge, the RCD and US Fish and Wildlife Service joined together to build two ponds to attract breeding amphibians. These ponds fill in the winter and dry up in summer months just as the natural ponds that the salamanders use for breeding do. Restoration work at the refuge also includes removal of invasive species and construction to ensure proper passage for the amphibians across barriers like the busy road that borders the natural ponds at the slough. This tour was one of Coastal Watershed Council’s monthly Water Tours that highlight proper water management efforts in the Santa Cruz area. For more information on future Water Tours check out coastal-watershed.org or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Beautiful and Free
A frog poem by Ryssa Mae Alarcon, 13
Think about the purpose of their subsistence
Think about their relevance and make a difference
These poor little frogs are needed here
Let's help them survive so they will still adhere
One day we'll say to our descendants:
"These are the creatures you almost never see,
But we saved them and here they are, beautiful and free.
Thanks for donating, volunteering, spreading the word and all the other things you do to SAVE THE FROGS!
A lot more frog news coming soon!
Dr. Kerry Kriger
SAVE THE FROGS! Founder, Executive Director & Ecologist
Frog Art by Nick Gustafson