SAVE THE FROGS! sues Mayor Ed Lee and the City of San Francisco
Dear SAVE THE FROGS! Supporter,
I am very excited to announce that SAVE THE FROGS! and our partners the Wild Equity Institute and Sequoia Audubon Society yesterday filed a lawsuit in San Francisco Superior Court against Mayor Edwin Lee and the San Francisco Recreation & Park Department. The goal of the lawsuit is to protect the Sharp Park Wetlands and the endangered California Red-Legged Frogs and San Francisco Garter Snakes that live there. The City kills the animals when it drains the wetlands to create dry land for a publicly-funded, money-losing golf course. SAVE THE FROGS! will not allow incompetent, environmentally-unaware politicians to destroy critical wildlife habitat, and with YOUR help we will win this battle on behalf of our defenceless friends.
Please support our efforts to protect the wetlands and the creatures that call it home. SAVE THE FROGS! is able to defend amphibians' rights because you and other educated people care enough about frogs to financially support our efforts. Your donation today will enable us to organize, promote and conduct an educational event at the SAVE THE FROGS! Education Center that will specifically raise awareness of the Sharp Park issue and empower people in our local community to take part and help us win this campaign. We can't do this alone, but we CAN save the frogs with your support. Thank you!
We are excited to be using a new donation processor (Network For Good). Please take advantage of their option to set up a monthly recurring donation: it will be easier for you, help you budget, save a lot of frogs, and enable us to more accurately plan for the future!
More background on the Sharp Park lawsuit
Over the past four years, SAVE THE FROGS! supporters have sent thousands of letters to the City of San Francisco on behalf of the frogs, but the Mayor has refused to meet with any environmental group to discuss the Sharp Park issue. On Save The Frogs Day 2011, we rallied at City Hall, and in 2012 we held a Drumming For The Frogs protest at Sharp Park. Last month I spoke at San Francisco's City Hall along with SAVE THE FROGS! biologists Michael Starkey and Emily Moskal to urge the City to conduct an environmental impact report related to its draining of the Sharp Park Wetlands. The Board of Supervisors voted against conducting the report, so now they will have to defend their activities in front of a judge.
Read the press release here.
Download the lawsuit petition here.
Learn all about Sharp Park and our past efforts here.
Exhibit A: The City of San Francisco's Amphibicide
In 2011, the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department was forced to re-locate at least 107 California red-legged frog egg masses from areas where the egg masses were laid, due to the wetlands being pumped to sea. This almost certainly decreased the frogs' survival rate as they were taken to suboptimal sites and placed in artificially crowded conditions. It is unknown how many egg masses died directly of dessication before being rescued. So long as the draining of the wetlands continue, endangered frogs will continue to be illegally killed.
Live Frog Night in Berkeley: April 25th, 2014
Join SAVE THE FROGS! for an educational and exciting evening with live frogs! Audra Barrios of Lick Your Eyeballswill bring live frogs to display at the SAVE THE FROGS! Education Center. You will learn all about the incredible process of metamorphosis, how amphibians use poison to deter predators, and many other amazing amphibian facts. This event is completely free and open to the public, but donations are greatly accepted.
- When: Friday April 25th, 5-8pm
- Where: The SAVE THE FROGS! Education Center (2524 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley CA 94702)
Save The Frogs Day in Berkeley this Saturday April 26th, 2014:
Conceived and coordinated by SAVE THE FROGS!, Save The Frogs Day is the world's largest day of amphibian action and conservation action. We look forward to celebrating amphibians with you at the SAVE THE FROGS! Education Center in Berkeley, California! We will have presentations on amphibian conservation; activities for kids; amazing frog art on display; live music and a whole lot of fun.
SAVE THE FROGS! ecologists Dr. Kerry Kriger and Michael Starkey will be presenting, and we will be joined via a live internet feed by special guest Nurul Islam of SAVE THE FROGS! Bangladesh, who will tell us about his group's Save The Frogs Day successes. Nurul's team received a $2,680 Save The Frogs Day Award and is coordinating 5 major Save The Frogs Day events across Bangladesh.
- Where: The SAVE THE FROGS! Education Center at 2524 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA, 94702. www.savethefrogs.com/berkeley
- When: The 6th Annual Save The Frogs Day, Saturday April 26th
- Cost: FREE!!! Donations are appreciated.
1pm - 2pm Press Hour (All news reporters welcome)
2:30pm - 430pm: Kids Activities (Presentations & Art Workshop)
4:30pm - 530pm: Meet & Greet with Wine & Beer
530pm - 6pm: Presentation by Michael Starkey (Frogs Of The World)
630pm - 7pm: Presentation by Dr. Kerry Kriger (A Brief History of Save The Frogs Day)
7pm - 715pm: Presentation by Nurul Islam of SAVE THE FROGS! Bangladesh
8pm til late: Live Music by Dr. Kerry Kriger and frog-loving friends
Earth Day at the SAVE THE FROGS! Education Center
Thanks to everyone who came out to the SAVE THE FROGS! Education Center to celebrate Michael Starkey's Earth Day Birthday and learn all about our frog conservation efforts in Belize. Couldn't make it? Luckily for you we still have spots on our upcoming SAVE THE FROGS! Belize Eco-Tour, June 19-28, and lots of events coming up at the Education Center, including Live Frog Night 5-8pm Friday April 25 and Save The Frogs Day April 26! Check our Events page for more details.
Save The Frogs Day in Your Town!
With over 100 registered Save The Frogs Day events in 22 countries, you never know who could be holding a SAVE THE FROGS! event near you. Check the list of events here (new events are being added to our website daily so check back daily):
Thanks for donating to SAVE THE FROGS!
Thank you for all your support!
Have a great Save The Frogs Day!
Dr. Kerry Kriger
SAVE THE FROGS! Founder, Executive Director & Ecologist
At the Universidad de los Andes in Bogota, Colombia, April 2013.