Update on our California Red-Legged Frog Legislation
Dear SAVE THE FROGS! Supporter,
California, like 35 other states, has no official state amphibian. Our student supporters at Sea View Elementary School in Salton City, CA are helping to change that. These politically active frog lovers proposed legislation to their Assemblymember Manuel Pérez late last year to make the California Red-Legged Frog (Rana draytonii) our official state amphibian. The students and I spoke at the State Assembly in April and helped move the legislation to the senate. This morning Perez presented AB2364 in Senate Governmental Organization committee with the testimony of experts Michael Starkey of SAVE THE FROGS! and Tony Gonzalez of the California Historical Society. The bill passed the committee with a vote count of 7 ayes and 1 no vote. The bill now heads directly to the Senate floor. We anticipate that our bill could be heard as early as next Thursday on the senate floor. This legislation will help ensure that politicians are aware of the plight of California's native frogs, and will introduce thousands of future California students to the wonders of their native amphibians. The California Red-Legged Frog was nearly eaten to extinction by the California gold miners in the 1800's and has been listed under the Federal Endangered Species Act since 1996.
Learn all about frogs this Thursday June 12th at the SAVE THE FROGS! Education Center
Come learn all about The Wild World of Frogs this Thursday June 12th at the one and only SAVE THE FROGS! Education Center in Berkeley! I will be giving a presentation on frogs' natural history, why frogs are disappearing, why frogs are important, ways you can help, and tell you about many of our frog saving programs. You will see many of my favorite frog photos from around the world. Please bring your friends and family. All ages welcome. 630pm-730pm. The event is free; donations are greatly appreciated. Mention the Great Poster Giveaway and we will give you a FREE SAVE THE FROGS Poster! See you at 2524 San Pablo Avenue on Thursday June 12th!
Photo of Hyla fasciata from Ecuador courtesy of SAVE THE FROGS! Program Coordinator Emily Moskal.
New Videos: SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana Co-Founders Dr. Kerry Kriger and Gilbert Adum in Ghana's Bobiri Forest
SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana Executive Director Gilbert Adum and I visited the Bobiri Forest in Ghana in September 2011 to search for frogs. I recorded two videos there and have just uploaded them to YouTube. The videos demonstrate Gilbert's passion for saving Ghana's frogs. Gilbert has since started five university chapters throughout Ghana and has ongoing programs to protect the critically endangered Togo Slippery Frog, Giant Squeaker Frog, the African Bullfrog and many other species. Enjoy the videos!
SAVE THE FROGS! Executive Director Gilbert Adum and team educating the students of Sefwi Wiaso Senior High School. Environmental education in schools was virtually non-existent in Ghana prior to SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana's formation in 2011.
Our website www.savethefrogs.com turns kids into frog savers
I have spent over 2,000 hours building our website www.savethefrogs.com and filling it with hundreds of pages of free information all about frogs and ways people can save the frogs. Over 2 million people have visited the site and it will educate people for decades or centuries to come. Please make good use of it and share it with others who may be interested. Thank you!
"This website and what you're doing is awesome. I fell in love wih amphibians when I found a toad in my backyard when I was 8. Ever since, I've wanted to do something with amphibians and reptiles. Through this website, I've learned a lot about what's happening to amphibians, and how people can help. It's inspired me to become a herpetologist and join the movement."
-- Alex Cunningham, New Jersey
A new creation by 2013 SAVE THE FROGS! Art Contest Grand Prize Winner Nick Gustafson
The SAVE THE FROGS! Visa Card: a simple way to support SAVE THE FROGS!
Help SAVE THE FROGS! accomplish our amphibian conservation goals by using these beautiful SAVE THE FROGS! Platinum Visa Cards: the issuing bank (UMB) will donate $50 to SAVE THE FROGS! upon your first purchase, and a percentage of every purchase thereafter -- at no extra expense to you! And there's no annual fee. The card is available to USA residents only.
Thanks to all our members and donors for making our frog saving efforts possible!
See you Thursday evening!
Dr. Kerry Kriger
SAVE THE FROGS! Founder, Executive Director & Ecologist
Me and the Executive Committee of the SAVE THE FROGS! KNUST chapter at the Kwame Nkhrumah University of Science & Technology in Kumasi, Ghana, September 2011.