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SAVE THE FROGS! 2010 List of Activities

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2010 Program Areas:
Education | Frogs & The Law | Reducing The Frog Legs Trade
Media Coverage | Grants | Dissections | Thanks To These People


Founded in May 2008, SAVE THE FROGS! is America's first and only public charity dedicated exclusively to amphibian conservation. Our mission is to protect amphibian populations and to promote a society that respects and appreciates nature and wildlife. Our vision is a world in which not a single amphibian species is threatened with extinction.

This page lists some of our major accomplishments in 2010, and gives you a good idea of the type of work we do. Thanks to all our donors, members, volunteers and supporters for making all this possible!

Donate Now!If you like what we do, please help us protect amphibian populations by placing a tax-deductible donation to SAVE THE FROGS! today: we do not receive government funding...our success depends on you! With your involvement and your financial support, we are 100% positive we can SAVE THE FROGS! Thanks!



Currently only a small proportion of our society knows that amphibians are disappearing. This lack of awareness in the general public is one of the greatest impediments to successful amphibian conservation efforts, as most of the threats to amphibians could be ameliorated if people were aware of the effects of their actions. Some of SAVE THE FROGS! educational initiatives are listed below.

Save The Frogs Day

Save The frogs Day 2010Save The Frogs Day is an event we conceived and coordinate, intended to raise awareness of amphibian extinctions in the general public and to get people actively working in their own communities to protect amphibians. The 2nd Annual Save The Frogs Day (April 30, 2010) was the largest day of amphibian education and conservation action in the planet's history with 104 known events in 21 countries. The day included presentations on amphibian conservation by teachers, scientists leading frog walks, habitat restoration and protests at restaurants that sell frog legs. The 2nd Annual Save The Frogs Day was legally recognized by Santa Cruz Mayor Mike Rotkin, and made the front page of Le Monde, France's largest newspaper.

Lectures on Amphibian Conservation

Kerry Kriger SFSUTo raise awareness of the plight of amphibians and to motivate people to take action, SAVE THE FROGS! Executive Director Dr. Kerry Kriger gave 55 free presentations on amphibian conservation in 2010, to a total of 2160 attendees. These lectures took place at universities, schools, businesses, community groups, national parks and at other nonprofits including the California Academy of Sciences, Monterey Bay Aquarium, UC Santa Cruz, UCLA, San Francisco State University, and Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve.

SAVE THE FROGS! in South Korea

Kerry Kriger - South KoreaSAVE THE FROGS! Founder Dr. Kerry Kriger spent 10 days in November 2010 touring South Korea, meeting with nonprofits, government officials, scientists and journalists, and visiting wetlands. Dr. Kriger also gave four presentations on amphibian conservation, and was the official representative of the USA at the "Strategies for Biodiversity and Amphibian Conservation Conference" in Seoul. This was Korea's 1st international symposium on amphibian conservation; the goal of the conference was to share information about the amphibian conservation movements in the USA, Korea and Japan, and to build up an international network. Read Dr. Kriger's stories and see photos from the trip here.

Informational Tables

Sacramento Reptile ShowIn an effort to educate, motivate and mobilize a wide sector of our society, SAVE THE FROGS! volunteers ran 16 informational tables on college campuses and at farmers markets, community events, scientific conferences and other events. Want to run an info table this coming Save The Frogs Day? If so, let us know!

SAVE THE FROGS! Poetry & Art Contests

SAVE THE FROGS! holds an annual Frog Poetry and Frog Art Contest. The goals of the contests are (1) engage sectors of society not often involved in environmental affairs (namely poets and artists); and (2) enable non-science teachers -- most of whom would otherwise be unable to teach their students about frog extinctions -- to educate their students about amphibian extinctions and assist the students in developing an appreciation for frogs.

Frog ArtThe 2nd Annual SAVE THE FROGS! Poetry Contest received 774 entries from 26 countries. The 2nd Annual SAVE THE FROGS! Art Contest received 886 entries from 17 countries. SAVE THE FROGS! is currently compiling the best entries from both competitions into a book of frog poetry and art that will be used to raise awareness of amphibian extinctions and raise funds for our amphibian conservation efforts. You can see the winning art here and read the winning poems here.

Inaugural Salamander Search

Santa Cruz Salamander Search Environmental education has always been one of the main focuses of SAVE THE FROGS! so we were happy to lead the inaugural SAVE THE FROGS! Salamander Search in Santa Cruz's Fall Creek Redwoods December 26th. This is the first of what will be many outdoor excursions we hold to introduce people to wild amphibians in their natural habitat. Fourteen people of all ages participated and we found Yellow-eyed Ensatinas and California Slender Salamanders.


MalAmpSAVE THE FROGS! Founder Dr. Kerry Kriger wrote a chapter entitled "Why We Must Save The Frogs" in Brandon Ballengee's “MalAmp: The Occurrence of Deformities in Amphibians”. The book is aimed at increasing interest in environmental protection among artists and art connoisseurs, and gives an excellent overview of amphibian deformities. We are working to obtain copies, as the book is not yet available in the United States. website

The SAVE THE FROGS! website ( is our first line of contact with numerous people worldwide, including many who have no prior knowledge of amphibian declines and extinctions. Thus we strive to make the website a valuable educational resource for scientists and non-scientists, adults and children. The website currently holds approximately 150 pages of information on amphibians, and was viewed by over 355,000 people in 2010. Our website allows us to make use of modern technologies (videos, slideshows, interactive forms), while keeping our costs far lower than if we were dependent on traditional printing and distribution methods.

Top Ten Most Threatened Frogs in the USA

To raise awareness of the threats amphibians face, we compiled a list of the top ten most threatened frogs in the USA, complete with detailed facts on the frogs' natural history and the threats each species faces. This article was a collaborative project of SAVE THE FROGS!, our Save The Frogs Day partner the National Wildlife Federation, and a network of amphibian biologists across the United States, including Steven Whitfield, Nina D’Amore, Frank Santana, Amy Yahnke, Marc Hayes, Brian Hobbs, Sarah Kupferberg, Ryan Peek, Greg Ruthig, Kellie Whittaker, Vance Vredenburg, Aaron Ambos and SAVE THE FROGS! Founder Dr. Kerry Kriger.

Lecture Materials

SAVE THE FROGS! has prepared fact sheets for teachers, and provides freely downloadable slideshows so that teachers and scientists can easily teach their students about amphibian conservation. In 2010, our slideshows were downloaded by 215 people from 23 countries.

San Lorenzo Valley High School Monitoring Project

In 2010, we initiated what we expect to be a long-term ecological monitoring project in partnership with San Lorenzo Valley High School. We are supervising two high school students on a monitoring project in the Santa Cruz mountains.

Peer Reviews

The peer-review system ensures that scientific manuscripts are not published without thorough outside assessment, and that projects are not funded indiscriminately. In 2010, SAVE THE FROGS! Founder Dr. Kerry Kriger performed peer reviews of manuscripts submitted to Biological Conservation and Diseases of Aquatic Organisms.


Frogs and the Law

One of the reasons SAVE THE FROGS! was formed was to tackle one issue of amphibian conservation that had been largely neglected in the past: the law. To protect amphibians, there are certain laws that need to be created, repealed and/or enforced.

Keeping non-native bullfrogs out of California

BullfrogOf particular concern to environmental conservation efforts in the western USA is the importation of several million American Bullfrogs each year, for use in the food, pet and dissection trades. Bullfrogs are native to eastern North America, but have established populations throughout the western USA, where they cause massive ecological damage due to their voracious appetites for native wildlife; their propensity to spread deadly diseases; and their role as competitors with native amphibians for limited food resources.

VictoryIn April 2010, the California Department of Fish & Game became the first state in the country to stop issuing permits for the importation of non-native frogs and turtles for use as food. Unfortunately, a vocal minority of restaurant and supermarket owners successfully lobbied the Fish & Game Commission to hold a "re-consideration" of that ruling. On May 19th, SAVE THE FROGS! Founder Dr. Kerry Kriger testified at the Commission's May 19th "reconsideration" hearing, highlighting the spread of infectious disease and invasive species that inevitably accompany the frog legs trade. Not only did the Commission vote 3-2 to maintain their original ruling, they also voted to research methods of enforcing the measure and ensuring invasive species do not slip into the state via potential loopholes. This victory would not have been possible without the 1,196 letters sent to the Department of Fish & Game by SAVE THE FROGS supporters – ours comprised over half of the 2,043 comments received by the Department! We are also working with state and local politicians to get the importation of bullfrogs into California legally banned. You can read our proposal to California State Senator Joe Simitian here.

Stopping the spread of chytrid fungus

In 2010, SAVE THE FROGS! the US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) solicited comments regarding its proposal to regulate the trafficking of amphibians so as to reduce the spread of amphibian diseases through trade routes. SAVE THE FROGS! is in full support of the proposal and campaigned for its acceptance (USFWS will announce its decision in 2011). You can read our letter to the USFWS here.

Protecting The California Tiger Salamanders

California Tiger SalamanderThe California Tiger Salamander (Ambystoma californiense) has been hard hit by habitat loss and road mortalities. Until recently however, the salamanders were afforded very few legal protections, due in large part to a strong lobby from agriculture groups and land developers. After 454 Save The Frogs Supporters sent letters to the California Fish & Game Commission urging their assistance, the Commission voted 3-2 on March 3rd, 2010 to protect the Tiger Salamanders under the state Endangered Species Act. This represents a major step forward in the conservation of the species.

Saving New Zealand’s Endangered Frogs From Mining

Hochstetter's FrogTwo of the world's most unique and endangered frog species were under imminent threat of extinction when the New Zealand government announced plans to remove legal protections from the strongholds of the frogs' last remaining populations. SAVE THE FROGS! organized a campaign to save the threatened frogs, and 1,275 of our supporters sent letters to New Zealand's Minister of Economic Development urging him to protect New Zealand's endangered frogs…which he did! If the government's plans had gone through, the land would have been opened to mining, and the critically endangered Archey's Frog (Leiopelma archeyi) would have almost certainly gone extinct. Thanks to SAVE THE FROGS! supporters, the Archey’s Frog and Hochstetter’s Frog are safe from mining - for now at least.

Getting Atrazine Banned

AtrazineAtrazine is one of the world's most common pesticides: over 80 million pounds of it were used on American crops last year, and it has been in use for 50 years. This harmful pesticide is an endocrine disruptor that can turn male frogs into females at concentrations as low as 2.5 parts per billion. SAVE THE FROGS! initiated a campaign in 2010 to get Atrazine banned. We have collected over 8,000 petition signatures and are organizing a rally in Washington, DC on the 3rd Annual Save The Frogs Day (April 29th, 2011) to bring Atrazine issues into the forefront of the public's environmental concerns.


Reducing The Frog Legs Trade

Restaurant Gary Danko & Wegmans

Pig FrogAt least 100 million frogs are taken out of the wild for use as food each year, crippling many amphibian populations. We informed San Francisco's Restaurant Gary Danko about the amphibian crisis, and asked them to remove the wild-caught Florida Pig Frogs (Rana grylio) from their menus. The restaurant agreed to discontinue frog legs sales, making them the first restaurant in the world to remove frog legs from their menus for environmental reasons. Likewise, Wegmans supermarkets removed frog legs from the shelves of their 76 locations based on our request. As Restaurant Gary Danko and Wegmans are extremely well-known and well-respected in the culinary community, we expect many restaurants and supermarkets to follow in their footsteps. As such, these are major victories for worldwide amphibian conservation efforts. Our campaign to end the ecologically damaging frog legs trade, however, is far from over.

Frog Legs Protests

In 2010, SAVE THE FROGS! supporters staged 7 protests at Uncle Julios restaurants in Texas, Virginia and Maryland. The restaurant chain has never acknowledged the nearly 2,000 letters our supporters have written regarding their frog legs sales, so our supporters take to the streets to educate the restaurant, its patrons, and passersby about frog legs and amphibian extinctions. Uncle Julios is still serving frog we'll be back in 2011!

Uncle Julios



Le Monde frogsThe mass media provides an excellent venue for disseminating information on amphibian extinctions without having to pay advertising fees. In 2010, Save The Frogs gave 29 interviews (8 Radio, 2 TV, 19 Print). Many of the articles and interviews generated by these interviews can be found on the SAVE THE FROGS! In The News page and on our Audio page.


BBC Radio Live 5
Dov Hirsch (Crop To Cuisine)
Maggie Mistal (Martha Stewart Sirius/XM radio)
Sandy Hauschott (NPR & VA Public Radio)
David Corsey (KSCO Santa Cruz)
Susan Soltero (WALO Puerto Rico)
Mark Chenoweth (Endangered Species Coalition podcast)
Hill & Dale Show (LA Talk Radio)


TBD TV (Washington, DC with Lindsey Walton)
Let's Talk TV (Santa Cruz, CA Channel 27 with Paula Pinsoneault)


ABC News (Article by Conor Finnegan)
Associated Press (article by Michelle Locks)
Le Monde (article by Catherine Vincent)
Science (article by Naomi Lubick)
The Chronicle (article by Pam Chergotis)
Mongabay (article by Jeremy Hance)
K-Zone (Australia/New Zealand; article by Claire O'Donnell)
The South County Chronicle (Susan Jewell)
The Santa Cruz Sentinel (two articles by Jory John)
The Examiner (Beth Pratt)
Tonic (John Platt)
Black & White (article by Richard Scordato)
Mid-County News (Judith Wellner)
CUNY Baruck College's Ticker (Emi Takeda)
5 Korean Newspapers/TV Stations




Taegan McMahonSAVE THE FROGS! awarded a $500 conference travel grant to Ms. Taegan McMahon, a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of South Florida, to present her lecture entitled "Chlorothalonil: an immunomodulatory and deadly fungicide to amphibians" at the Joint Meeting of Herpetologists and Ichthyologists in Providence, Rhode Island July 7-12, 2010.

"This presentation will help enlighten people about the harmful effects of the most commonly used synthetic fungicide (second most commonly used fungicide) in the United States on amphibian populations. It highlights the fact that even when some pesticides are used at or below the recommended "safe" levels, they can completely decimate amphibian populations." -- Taegan McMahon


Antonelli Frog Pond IconIn December 2010, Patagonia awarded SAVE THE FROGS! $5,000 for our project “Restoring Habitat for Endangered California Red-Legged Frogs in Santa Cruz County”. This represents our first major grant, and we are very excited to have Patagonia's support. The restoration will kick off January 17th, 2011 at Antonelli Pond in Santa Cruz. Learn more about the project and get involved!



Dissections Out Of Santa Clara High Schools

Subsequent to SAVE THE FROGS! Founder Dr. Kerry Kriger speaking to his school about amphibian conservation, the last remaining frog-dissecting high school teacher in Santa Clara Unified School District agreed to not have his classes dissect frogs in 2011! This action saved 160 WILD-CAUGHT Northern Leopard Frogs (Rana pipiens)! Stay tuned for lots more on the dissection front in 2011!


Thanks to these people!

Our successes in 2010 were possible because of the generous financial support of our donors and members, and because of the hard work of all these people:

Debbie Kirk, David Hite, Rob Smiley, John Walasek, Shayna Meikle, Jonathan and Ray Tourzan, Rochelle Owen, Tom Reefe, Dan Martin, Valerie Hemingway, Alyson Lee, Nina D'Amore, Kerriann Light, Robert Bowman, Dave Urbanic, Tom Pittard and Lan-yu Hsieh of Orchid Jade Living, Breanna Binder, Sam Ringel, Kristen Benitez, Lauren Lamboni, Michelle Brunner, Lillian Crossman, Frank Beifus, Phil Bishop, Nina Moore, Mike Rotkin, Makayna Charter, Mark & Rachel Hager, Mike Ringler, Zane Beatty, Rachel Goodman, Carol Carson, Jane Orbuch, Ruth Van Sciver, Mike Labbe, Bob Crisman, Joan Ferrigno, Raina Mullen, Michelle Jaclyn, Bek Diete, Sarah Kupferberg, Koyomi Waki, Dawn Cole, Scott Robinson, Connor Olson, Aletta Martin, Sol Atencio, Eva Leutholds, Matthew Soranno, Courtney Sipe, Susan Newman, Miranda Kett, Leah Klehn, Beth Hinson, Brandon Alms, Jonah Weissman, Toni Rouhana, Dan Albro, Linda Dennis, Steve Dennis, David Dennis, Asia Bribiesca-Hedin, Patagonia, James Williams, Erin Muths, Marc Hero, Shannon Curtis, David Speiser, Jason Ayres, Ashish and Kristi Bagal, Lynn Overtree and the Land Trust of Santa Cruz County, the SAVE THE FROGS! Advisory Committee, Whole Foods of Santa Cruz/Capitola, all of our Students of The Week, all the journalists who wrote about us, everybody I met in South Korea (especially Kyoung-hee Hong), everyone who signed our petitions and sent letters for our campaigns, everyone who purchased some cool merchandise SAVE THE FROGS! merchandise, all the Save The Frogs Day Event Hosts, all the Uncle Julios Protesters, our Save The Frogs Day Sponsors (Peace Frogs, Diamondback Trading Cards, Critter Skimmer, Red Droid Software, Digital Frog International), our Save The Frogs Day Partners (National Wildlife Federation, ICIMOD, Miss Earth South Africa, World Museum Liverpool, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum), everybody who hosted a SAVE THE FROGS! presentation, all the frog poets and frog artists who participated in our contests, and of course all of our donors and members, as well as any volunteers we forgot to mention!

Thank you!

Leah Klehn Art

Thanks to Leah Klehn for the artwork and all the Save The Frogs Day 2010 donors!