Belizean Earth Day Birthday Bash!

Posted April 14th, 2014 by Michael Starkey
Categories: News from SAVE THE FROGS!, Random Frog Stuff

Are you ready to learn how to effectively communicate with monkeys in an old-growth rainforest? We will be discussing the fabulous flora and fauna of Belize, Howler Monkey Etiquette 101, problems with parasites and much, much more at the Belizean Earth Day Birthday Bash!

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Not only is it the best day to celebrate the environment, but it’s SAVE THE FROGS! Advisory Committee Chairman Michael Starkey’s Birthday! The theme of the celebration: Let’s take a trip to Belize! Michael will give a presentation about the current status of amphibian conservation in Belize, speak about the upcoming SAVE THE FROGS! Eco-tour to Belize, and tell weird, awkward, funny, interesting, and disturbing travel stories. This event will be educational, entertaining, and downright fun so please show your support for the environment and for Michael on this special day. This is event is open to the public and is completely free (although donations to SAVE THE FROGS! are greatly appreciated).

Where is it?
SAVE THE FROGS! Education Center (2524 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley CA 94702)

When is it?
6:30pm on April 22nd, 2014

What can I bring?
– a vegan dish to share!
– your own plate and fork
– a few bucks to donate to the frogs!
– your friend, mom, spouse, or whoever!
– BEER (yes, this is a BYOB kind of event) ♥

Let’s Meet Up for the Frogs!

Posted April 14th, 2014 by Michael Starkey
Categories: Campaigns & Action Center, News from SAVE THE FROGS!, News...about frogs, but not STF!

Are you a frog-lover in the San Francisco/Bay Area? Then you are you are perfect candidate to join the SAVE THE FROGS! Meetup! If you are looking to meet like-minded frog savers, attend some toadally cool events, and save the world, then join our Meetup today!

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Save The Frogs… by looking fabulous!

Posted April 14th, 2014 by Michael Starkey
Categories: Frog Gifts, Random Frog Stuff

Want to look fabulous and help SAVE THE FROGS!? Then get yourself one of these slick tees! For Love Of All Things, or FLOAT, is a new breed of company promoting socially, environmentally and globally conscious consumerism. They create awareness & funding for the world’s best non-profits by conducting limited edition apparel campaigns and contributing $8 from every sale to the current weeks cause. This week, FLOAT has chosen to SAVE THE FROGS! These shirts will only be offered for one week, so pick up yours today: www.float.org

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Ladies! Check out these awesome SAVE THE FROGS! shirts featured by FLOAT! Look great and save the frogs!

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SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana Programmes Co-ordinator’s Visit to UK Makes Huge Waves

Posted March 31st, 2014 by Sandra Owusu-Gyamfi
Categories: Businesses for Frogs, Campaigns & Action Center, Educate Yourself, Events, News from SAVE THE FROGS!

Miss Sandra Owusu-Gyamfi of STF! Ghana is on an official visit to the UK where she is to meet with Professional conservationists, students and the general public and share with them the plight of amphibians. She is to give presentations and form collaborations with both private and government organisations to create more awareness on the plight of amphibians and to provide tangible solutions together with such bodies to save this threatened taxa.

The 3 week visit started with a presentation at the Students Conference on Conservation Science at Cambridge, a speech at the 67th Annual meeting of the British Herpetology Society and she still has others to give at the University of Nottingham, Zoological Society of London and the Harrison Institute. Each visit will also be used to raise funds for the organisation and to contribute towards her travels, feeding and accommodation.

So far, she has raised a total of £290 through the sale of STF! Ghana paraphernalia and donations by the BHS. We will like to appreciate the response she has received from all these organsiations and their generosity towards STF! Ghana. We hope to forge a long lasting relationship and help to save amphibians.

British Herpetology Society annual meeting

Sandra with some members of the society after the presentation

Would you like to have a wetland at your school?

Posted March 3rd, 2014 by Michael Starkey
Categories: Events, Frog Gifts, News from SAVE THE FROGS!

California Red-legged Frog
Would you like to have a wetland at your school?

SAVE THE FROGS! is looking for a school within a two-hour drive of Berkeley, California, that would like to have a wetland. The wetland would be designed to help frogs and provide for outdoor education. It would be shallow, less than 18-inches deep in the middle, and have gradual slopes.

Tom Biebighauser, a Wetland Ecologist would design and oversee the construction of the wetland. He has built over 1,600 wetlands in 20 states and 2 Canadian provinces. There would be no cost to your school for designing and building the wetland!

Application:
If you are interested in having a wetland, please ask the Principal of your school to send the following information to tombiebighauser@gmail.com by April 28, 2014:

1) Name, phone number, and e-mail
2) School name and address
3) Google Earth image showing the school and school property
4) The area available for building the wetland should be circled on a Google Earth image. This area should be at least 5,000 square feet.

Timeline:
Tom Biebighauser and Dr. Kerry Kriger (Executive Director, Save the Frogs) would plan to visit your school to design the wetland project the week of May 18.

Your new wetland would be built on October 14, 2014 as part of a Hands-on Wetland Restoration Workshop that has been funded in part by Nature’s Path Envirokidz Cereal and in part by FrogTape.

Please contact tombiebighauser@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Tips: The area where you would like the new wetland should not contain buried utilities such as gas lines, fiber optic cables or sewer lines. The site should be level with a slope of 6-percent or less. It is recommended that a site be chosen near the back of the school, and the area should not be currently used for other school activities.

To see how wetlands appear at schools, please visit https://picasaweb.google.com/105985116543820569589/SchoolWetlands#

More information about building wetlands at schools is available at www.wetlandsandstreamrestoration.org

SAVE THE FROGS! UWSP Chapter, a review of our first 2 years in Action!

Posted February 24th, 2014 by Jordan Winkenbach
Categories: News from SAVE THE FROGS!, Save The Frogs Day, Uncategorized

Our student chapter of SAVE THE FROGS! was created in 2011 on the campus of the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point. UWSP has one of the largest populations of natural resource students in the nation, and was just recently placed on Princeton Review’s Green College Honor Roll for the third year in a row! Here is a picture of some of the students who helped create our student chapter,

From left to right, Alyssa Roberts, Hillary Jung, Jordan Winkenbach, Ryan Manders, Spencer Siddons, Kyle George

From left to right, Alyssa Roberts, Hillary Jung, Jordan Winkenbach, Ryan Manders, Spencer Siddons, Kyle George

 

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Do you need funding for your Save The Frogs Day event?

Posted February 17th, 2014 by Kathlyn Franco
Categories: Save The Frogs Day

If you seek funding for your planned event and you meet the eligibility requirements described below, please email kathlyn@savethefrogs.com a detailed description of your planned event (250 words or less) and a precise budget for your expenses. Applications must be for $1,000 or less. We highly recommend you do not include unnecessary or extravagant costs in your budget. Do not include requests for refreshments or food money. Applications are due no later than February 26th. Awards will be announced by March 4th and funds sent that week. If you are applying for funding please DO NOT register your event until March 4th; this will allow you to tailor your event to be in line with how much money you actually have to work with.

 

You are eligible to apply if you meet ALL of the following criteria:

(1) Your organization has held a Save The Frogs Day event in the past and registered that event.

(2) Your event is being run by an organization and not an individual.

(3) Your event is not taking place in the USA, Canada, Western Europe, Australia or New Zealand (we are trying to support events in places where people have far fewer funding sources than their counterparts in developed countries).

 

Please note that the number of Save The Frogs Day Awards we will be able to provide this year depends entirely on how much money we raise over the next three weeks! We appreciate your interest in amphibians and look forward to seeing your application.

Save The Frogs Day 2013 in Paingan, West Java, Indonesia

NSPCA Intercepts Dying Reptiles and Amphibians Destined for the Pet Trade

Posted February 5th, 2014 by Michael Starkey
Categories: Campaigns & Action Center, Educate Yourself, News...about frogs, but not STF!

Media release from the National Council of SPCAs in South Africa:
NSPCA Inspectors responded to an emergency situation on 29 January when – during a routine inspection at one of OR Tambo International Airports cargo holding facilities – an Inspector discovered that an estimated 1,600 reptiles and amphibians were in need of urgent intervention.

The consignment, bound for the United States of America from Madagascar, was left unattended to in the cargo area when flights to the USA were cancelled.  The bad smell coming from the sealed animal crates indicated that many of the reptiles were dead or dying and in need of urgent assistance.

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Amphibian Job Opening

Posted February 4th, 2014 by Kathlyn Franco
Categories: Jobs

Temporary Fishery Biologists (GS-9) – up to 2 positions in Eldorado National Forest

The Eldorado National Forest is performing outreach for hiring up to two GS-9 temporary seasonal fishery biologists.   The duty station will be located in Placerville, CA.  Work is located on the Eldorado National Forest, in the Sierra Nevada Mountains between Sacramento and Lake Tahoe; general location of the work will be between Hwy 80 and Hwy 88.

Government housing will likely not be available.

JOB DUTIES MAY INCLUDE:

  • Participate in interdisciplinary teams for fuels project and recreation-related projects for biological input and to provide biological evaluations and assessments of aquatic species.

  • Leading a field crew to conduct California red-legged frog surveys, Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog and foothill yellow-legged frog surveys.

  • Leading a field crew to conduct stream habitat surveys, including water temperature monitoring, surveys in range allotments, fuels projects, and for watershed restoration, etc.

  • Leading a field crew to conduct high mountain lakes trout removal by gillnetting.

  • GIS mapping and computer data input.  Report writing of survey results and analysis.

Work involves driving long distances to field sites in a Forest Service vehicle. Expect to conduct field surveys under arduous weather and terrain, walk long distances in streams, wade thru ponds and lakes, hike to remote wilderness areas, carry loads exceeding 25 pounds, and camp overnight.  Gill-netting high mountain lakes will require the use of float tubes. Work also involves sitting at a computer in the office for many consecutive days writing documents and inputting data into GIS.

To apply for this position go to www.usajobs.gov.

Announcement #14-TEMP110503-007586LD-DT for the GS-0482-09, FISH BIOLOGIST

You can access this announcement with the number listed in the subject line or the USA Jobs control # 359574800.  This announcement closes on February 6th.

If you are interested in learning more about this position, please contact Jann Williams at jowilliams@fs.fed.us at (530) 621-5240.

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SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana Board Member Wins Top International Award!

Posted February 4th, 2014 by Sandra Owusu-Gyamfi
Categories: Grants & Awards, Uncategorized

Congratulations to SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana board member Dr. Caleb Ofori-Boateng for winning the prestigious Future for Nature award. This award is only given to young, exceptionally talented and ambitious conservationists committed to protecting biodiversity. Such beneficiaries should also have shown the ability to inspire and influence communities, governments, investors, organizations and the general public in biodiversity conservation. SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana is proud of Caleb’s achievements and for projecting the image of biodiversity conservation in Ghana and Africa at large.
Through this award, Caleb will carry out activities that will support the designation of a new national park at the Atewa Hills to protect the only home of the Togo Slippery Frog (Conraua derooi). The award will also be used to promote the conservation actions of the species by researching into its ecology and biological features. The potential economic value of eco-tourism that could be generated from the forest will also be analyzed. As part of the award, 20 hectares of the degraded forest will be restored to improve water and land quality for the Togo Slippery Frog, other biodiversity and mankind.
Thanks to Future for Nature for giving SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana board member Dr. Caleb Ofori-Boateng this award to save the critically endangered Togo Slippery Frog.

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