Final day to vote. Open House in Berkeley. Bullfrogs Exposed.
Dear SAVE THE FROGS! Supporter,
SAVE THE FROGS! is in 2nd place in the Sungevity Gives Back contest, which ends tonight (December 11th). We need your help to win!
Please vote at:
Immediately after casting your vote, you can generate 10 additional votes for SAVE THE FROGS! by registering with Sungevity's website via the "Our Sungevity" button. Please take advantage of this fantastic opportunity to gain us 10 additional votes! Once you vote, please take a few minutes - or a few hours - and help find us more votes by following the simple methods we have outlined on www.savethefrogs.com/help. Thank you!
The prize money will help us fund our worldwide Save The Frogs Day events, our efforts to ban Atrazine and the importation of non-native bullfrogs, and will help us open the SAVE THE FROGS! Education Center in Berkeley, CA. Voting ends December 11th 11:59pm PST and is open to USA residents only. Please forward this email to your friends and colleagues to spread the word.
December 13th, 2013: Join Save The Frogs in Berkeley
We would like you to come visit us December 13th as SAVE THE FROGS! and our nonprofit neighbors open our doors to the public for a night of fun and festivities! This is the inaugural event at the SAVE THE FROGS! Education Center! It will be held from 5-8pm on December 13th at 2524 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702. Come learn about frogs, meet some fellow frog lovers and hear some fantastic live music from harpist Evan Fraser. See you there!
Left-click the image to get the PDF of this flyer!
Please sign our bullfrog petition if you haven't yet done so!
We're up to 5,300 signatures on our petition to ban California's annual importation of millions of non-native American Bullfrogs. Please sign the petition now if you haven't yet done so!
American Bullfrogs are raised on farms around the world and shipped to America and other countries to be sold in Asian, French and Tex-Mex restaurants, as well as roadhouses, bars,
hot dog stands and at "frog leg festivals". Bullfrogs often escape or are purposely set free. Once in the wild they can establish populations and eat native wildlife. Even if they do not escape, the water they are held in is often dumped into the environment, along with the multitude of diseases the bullfrogs carry from being kept in such unsanitary, crowded conditions. Learn more about American Bullfrogs and our efforts to ban them at:
Perfect conditions for spreading waterborne skin diseases like chytridiomycosis.
Bullfrogs Trade Exposed in San Francisco's Chinatown
SAVE THE FROGS! Advisory Committee Chairman Michael Starkey just returned from a reconnaissance mission to San Francisco's Chinatown, the epicenter of North America's frog leg trade. Not only did he find and photograph hundreds of diseased and mangled American Bullfrogs, he watched turtles get dismembered alive, and witnessed many other animals wait in small cages and buckets for their time on the chopping block. At most seafood and meat shops in Chinatown you can purchase frogs for three to four dollars per pound. Many of these frogs can be seen with open sores and wounds that are caused by the stress of travel and inaccurate blows to the head that were intended to end the frog’s life. American Bullfrogs are imported from frog farms overseas. One study showed that over 60% of these frogs may be infected with the chytrid fungus (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis), which is responsible for the extinction of up to 100 amphibian species worldwide.
New Video: Invasive Bullfrogs & San Francisco's Frog Killings
Please watch this two part SAVE THE FROGS! Academy video in which (1) SAVE THE FROGS! Advisory Committee Member Chris Berry updates you on our efforts to ban the importation of non-native American Bullfrogs into California and (2) Wild Equity Institute Executive Director Brent Plater discusses our campaign to end San Francisco's illegal killing of endangered California Red-Legged frogs at Sharp Park.
This is another amazing educational video brought to you by SAVE THE FROGS! Academy. The Academy is not in session at the moment but will return in full force in early 2014!
SAVE THE FROGS! on Sonoma and Los Angeles Radio
On December 6th I gave a 40-minute interview on Sonoma, CA FM107.3 radio. You can download the mp3 and many other SAVE THE FROGS! interviews here:
Today I will be speaking on LA Talk Radio's "Hill & Dale Show" at 4:10 pm Pacific Time (Wednesday December 11th). This will be my 4th appearance on the show, please tune in! The Hill & Dale Show broadcasts live at www.latalkradio.com on Channel One, so anyone with web access can listen. By Thursday morning it will also be posted on at: www.latalkradio.com/Hilldale.php and on iTunes here.
'Tis the season! Here is the SAVE THE FROGS! wishlist
SAVE THE FROGS! welcomes your holiday gifts!
-- Please send us a book from our Amazon Wish List.
-- Perhaps you just upgraded your iPad or Android tablet device? If so, we would really appreciate your old one! We would like to use it in our SAVE THE FROGS! Education Center.
-- We also seek Princeton Tec Apex 2010 Headlamps for night-time frogging, especially for our volunteers and staff in Colombia, where access to quality headlamps is limited and expensive. These headlamps are bright, sturdy, comfortable and have a long battery life, making night-time frogging much safer, enjoyable and productive.
-- We always welcome your generous financial donations!
Frog art courtesy Leah Klehn
STF! Education Center fundraising update
As of December 10th, 23 donors have contributed a total of $1,142 to help fund the first year of our brand new SAVE THE FROGS! Education Center. Please donate today to help turn the Education Center into a reality and enable us to open our doors to the public in February 2014. All donations are tax-deductible. Thank you for your generous support and for helping us reach our $50,000 goal by December 31st!
Everyone who donates $50 or more will have their name listed in the Thank You section of the Education Center webpage, and will receive a free Story of SAVE THE FROGS! book -- which is not available elsewhere. Your donation will enable us to pay for chairs; signage; tables; shelves; a bookshelf; books; a cash register system; cabinets; electronics; stage; a mount for our digital projector; paint for the floor; walls and frog mural; a sofa; carpet; framing materials; live plants; rent and merchandise. In short, everything we need to have a visually pleasing space with all the tools we need to effectively educate people about amphibians! Your generous financial assistance makes our work possible!
Thank you on behalf of the frogs!
Dr. Kerry Kriger
SAVE THE FROGS! Founder, Executive Director & Ecologist
Creating the next generation of frog savers. Soquel, California.