Congratulations to the winners!
I am pleased to announce the winners of our SAVE THE FROGS! Art Contest, Poetry Contest and three brand new awards for amphibian conservation. Before you read on though I urge you to please vote for SAVE THE FROGS! and help us win the $20,000 Sungevity Gives Back Contest. It is a tight race!
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Marie Kirchberger Award for Amphibian Conservation
Congratulations to Nurul Islam, who we awarded $1,000 to fund his amphibian conservation work with SAVE THE FROGS! Bangladesh. Nurul has been actively promoting SAVE THE FROGS! in South Asia for four years and has done an amazing job coordinating the country's nationwide Save the Frogs Day events, garnering support from many of Bangladesh's universities. This award was made possible by and is in rememberance of Marie Kirchberger, whose generous assistance has been critical to the success of SAVE THE FROGS! over the past year.
Save The Frogs Day 2013 in Chittagong, Bangladesh
Ian Young Award for Amphibian Conservation
Congratulations to the undergraduates of SAVE THE FROGS! Cali in Colombia, to whom we have just sent $1,250 to assist their project educating students about Colombia's illegal wildlife trade. Oscar Hernandez, Alejandro Valencia, Andres Felipe Jaramillo, Reynel Galvis, Ronald Viafara, Andrea Echeverry and Victoria Cardona will be conducting educational campaigns in communities that are near critical amphibian habitat. They will inform students, teachers and community members of the importance of amphibians, their role in the ecosystem, the threats they face, and how local people can help. Their focus is on three species of poison dart frogs (Phyllobates bicolor, Oophaga lehmanni, Andinobates viridis). They chose these species because they are brightly-colored and thus more easily appreciated by the public; 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.
Save The Frogs Day in Cali, Colombia, April 2013
Meet Colombia's frogs and toads here.
SAVE THE FROGS! Art Contest Winners
The 2013 SAVE THE FROGS! Art Contest received 3,097 entries from 42 countries! Entries came from: Algeria, Australia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, China, Colombia, Croatia, France, Ghana, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Latvia, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Thailand, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, and the USA.
Congratulations to Nick Gustafson of Forest Grove, Oregon, USA, the Grand Prize Winner of the 2013 SAVE THE FROGS Art Contest! Nick not only submitted this Grand Prize winning California Red-Legged Frog (Rana draytonii) art, but also many other pieces that have helped us spread the word about the plight of amphibians and our efforts to save them. We like his art so much we've posted his entire collection of 18 pieces of frog art he sent us throughout 2013.
Congratulations to Brite Chuang of Westford, Massachussetts, USA, 17 years old, Second Prize Winner of the 2013 SAVE THE FROGS Art Contest! Brite's art reminds us that trees are home to frogs and countless other species.
Learn more about habitat destruction here.
Congratulations to Aaditya Singh of the United Arab Emirates, Age 9, Third Prize Winner of the 2013 SAVE THE FROGS Art Contest! Aaditya successfully and succinctly summarized what thousands of biology teachers worldwide have yet to understand.
Learn more about dissections here.
See more awesome art on www.savethefrogs.com/art/2013.
SAVE THE FROGS! Poetry Contest Winners
The 2013 SAVE THE FROGS! Poetry Contest received 937 entries from 50 countries: Albania, Australia, Barbados, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Egypt, France, Ghana, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Kenya, Kuwait, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mauritius, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Northern Ireland, Norway, Pakistan, Philippines, Qatar, Romania, Serbia, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, St. Lucia, Suriname, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, USA, Yemen, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Congratulations to the winners!
Congratulations to Haitham Al-Twaijri, Age 21, of Memphis, Tennessee, Grand Prize Winner of the 2013 SAVE THE FROGS! Poetry Contest, for his poem "An Amphibious Plea". Congratulations to 2nd Prize Winner Bernard Owor of Mombasa, Kenya for his poem "How Can My Species Compete?". Congratulations to 3rd Prize Winner Maria MacCaskill, Age 13 of Isle of Skye, Scotland, UK for her poem "A Piece of World Class Art".
frog art by Nick Gustafson
Amphibians in Popular Press Award
SAVE THE FROGS! recently awarded author Dr. Marty Crump $500 to assist in the publication of her upcoming book, the focus of which is our cultural perceptions about amphibians and reptiles and what these might mean for the conservation of the animals. The goal of the book is to encourage people to improve their perceptions of these animals and to understand why they feel the way they do about amphibians and reptiles. We will inform you when the book becomes available!
More awesome frog art by Nick Gustafson
Brand new SAVE THE FROGS! stickers
We've got two beautiful new stickers available in the SAVE THE FROGS! Gift Center. Order a few as gifts or for yourself and help spread the word!
Thanks for all your support!
A lot more frog news coming soon!
Dr. Kerry Kriger
SAVE THE FROGS! Founder, Executive Director & Ecologist