Governor Jerry Brown signs our frog legislation into law
I am very pleased to announce that on Saturday June 28th, Governor Jerry Brown made amphibious history by signing Assembly Bill 2364 into law, making the California Red-Legged Frog (Rana draytonii) the state's official amphibian (effective January 1st, 2015). This law will ensure that thousands of future California students learn about amphibians, and that those who profit off of the destruction of California Red-Legged Frog habitat will meet with increased opposition and obstacles should they attempt to harm these frogs. We send a big thank you to Governor Brown; Assemblymember Perez and his staff; the students, teachers and administrators of Sea View Elementary School in Salton City; all the legislators who voted in support of this bill; and to all our SAVE THE FROGS! supporters who sent in letters of support on behalf of the California Red-Legged Frog! You can learn all about how this bill became law, and why students play such an important role in environmental conservation efforts, at:
Save The Frogs Day 2014: the largest day of amphibian education in the planet's history
The 6th Annual Save The Frogs Day (April 26, 2014) was the largest day of amphibian education and conservation action in the planet's history, directly reaching over 20,000 participants! At least 191 educational events took place in 23 countries: Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Ghana, India, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico, Nepal, New Zealand, Nigeria, Portugal, South Africa, Taiwan, Tanzania, Turkey, United Kingdom, and the USA. The generous assistance of 143 donors and 427 volunteers made these events possible. SAVE THE FROGS! distributed $7,313 in grants to eight groups in developing countries to assist with their programs. We will be highlighting many of the wonderful events that took place in our upcoming newsletters. We hope you can take part in the 7th Annual Save The Frogs Day, Saturday April 25th, 2015! We've got lots of event photos up at:
International Eco-Hero Avalon Theisen teaching kids frog calls at her fourth Save The Frogs Day event, in Ruskin Florida. Her 2014 event had 85 attendees.
New mp3: SAVE THE FROGS! at Cragmont Elementary School
On June 3rd, 2014 I gave a presentation on amphibian conservation to the 4th graders of Cragmont Elementary School in Berkeley. They made some of the best frog calls I've ever heard. Now you can hear kids calling like frogs and learn all about the Wild World of Frogs with this newly released, free SAVE THE FROGS! mp3:
Frog art by Nick Gustafson
Summer's here: these shirts keep you cool
A perfect gift for your girlfriend, sister, or daughter, this stylish tank is the perfect way to show your support for SAVE THE FROGS! amphibian conservation efforts. When you wear this environmentally-friendly 100% organic cotton shirt featuring the SAVE THE FROGS! logo and the Southern Orange-Eyed Treefrog (one of the coolest animals on the planet!), you help spread the word about our mission to prevent the largest mass-extinction event in 65 million years. Shirts have savethefrogs.com in orange and green print across the back. Shop and feel good knowing all proceeds go towards SAVE THE FROGS! amphibian conservation efforts!
"I bought a Save The Frogs shirt, and I received a really awesome drawing from a child...thanks so much!"
-- Daniela Pennini, San Jose, CA
Enter the 2014 SAVE THE FROGS! Poetry Contest
Since 2009, the SAVE THE FROGS! Poetry Contest has received over 4,000 frog poems from participants in 76 countries, helping to educate students, teachers and poets about amphibian conservation all around the globe. We are accepting poems through October 15th, so please submit your finest frog poem and take your shot at cash prizes and frog fame, at:
THE TIME IS NOW by Caitlin Lambert:
It perched in shadows through the day
And whisked the burning sun away
But when the moon climbed in the sky
The frog emerged, released its cry
A melody – a ballad's note
That pulsed within its bulging throat
I'd press my hand against my ear
"I wish that noise would disappear!"
But then I got my vexed demand
And silence rang throughout the land
I watched from windows high above
The thing the ponds are lacking of
Is now what I wait yearly for
A sound we can't ever restore
The species dropped to one or two
No blood-red eyes or poison blue
Just trees and brush that rings the sound
Of silent mourning all around
The ponds are still, the water stirs
Is it...? But no, the image blurs
What perhaps I thought had been
A slender, smooth amphibian
Was just a leaf that fell and sank
Into the waters, dark and dank
And far out in each lavish room
The world sees not all nature's doom
Will we turn in some future year
After these creatures disappear
And mourn our greed and lack of aid
When all our creatures slowly fade
They are destined for beauty, still
They aid those ones who've fallen ill
They have a purpose, you must see
The time is now to set them free
Print this flyer and help spread the word!
Enjoy the summer's frog calls!
Thank you for your support!
Dr. Kerry Kriger
SAVE THE FROGS! Founder, Executive Director & Ecologist
"And what is there to life if a man cannot hear the lonely cry of a whippoorwill or the arguments of the frogs around a pond at night?"
-- Chief Seattle, 1854