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Invasive Species: Towards a Deeper Understanding
with Lisa Zinn and Jonathon Schramm
Thursday, February 12 from 7:30-8:30pm EST
Invasive species provide an exciting story for environmental educators. We have a villain (the bad invasives) and a victim (the poor helpless native species). Although this portrayal might capture a student’s attention, what is often lacking are the deeper ecological principles that come in to play. We will explore several myths often presented in the teaching about invasive species, and we explore alternative teaching scenarios that can be used as alternatives to these myths that can help students understand these deeper ecological principles.
with Christine Voyer
Wednesday, February 25th from 7:30-8:30pm EST
From creeping vines to munching beetles to pinching crabs, invasive species are on the move. Monitoring the spread and mitigating the impacts invasive species wreak can be daunting tasks for scientists and managers. They need classrooms and communities to help. As students and community members. contribute observations and expertise to invasive species citizen science efforts, they learn about local ecosystems, engage in science practices, and use 21st century skills like collaboration and problem solving. In this webinar, Christine Voyer will share resources and the steps needed to help engage.
with Sue Staniforth
Tuesday, March 24th from 7:30-8:30pm EST
Invasive species are a serious issue world-wide, representing the second greatest threat to global biodiversity after habitat loss, and costing governments and communities tens of billions of dollars in control efforts. Unlike many large scale environmental issues, students and youth groups can usually do something about invasive species and in a hands-on, experiential way. In this webinar, Sue will review a variety of educational strategies and fieldwork planning tools that support young people tackling invasive species locally. She will also highlight some activities that engage students in identifying, surveying and mapping native and invasive species, investigating the impacts of invasive species on local ecosystems, economy, and cultures, and developing effective action projects.
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A Letter from SAVE THE FROGS! Founder Dr. Kerry Kriger
I am excited to be saving frogs with you in 2015 and hope your year is off to a great start. The SAVE THE FROGS! movement has grown significantly since 2008 and I am confident that with your support and involvement, this will be a fabulous year for the frogs. I want to send a huge thank you to the 201 generous donors who helped SAVE THE FROGS! raise $17,675 in December. These donations will help us spread amphibian awareness, campaign for threatened amphibians and train the next generation of amphibian conservationists.
SAVE THE FROGS! in 2015
Here’s what I have been up to so far in 2015 and my frog saving plan for the rest of the year. I encourage you to write out your 2015 frog-saving plan as well!
I spent the first two weeks of the year in Florida, home to the Everglades and lots of threatened ecosystems. I gave live presentations in Miami and Big Pine Key and I gave a radio interview on one of the Florida Keys’ most popular radio stations. I visited the Ashton Biological Preserve, a great place with lots of amphibians. I flew to Costa Rica January 14th and am writing this newsletter from northwest Costa Rica where I have been re-connecting with nature, working on my Spanish, and also saving frogs. One of my formative frog experiences took place in Costa Rica while I was in college, and I started SAVE THE FROGS! in 2008 immediately after spending two amazing months here. Since I arrived in Costa Rica eleven days ago, I’ve sent three official letters to California state and county governments on behalf of frogs and salamanders. The first is to prevent the destruction of 97 acres of salamander and frog habitat in Shasta County by the tape company 3M for mining purposes. The second is to stop Santa Clara County’s mass spraying of insecticides in San Jose neighborhoods. The third is urging the California Department of Fish & Wildlife to stop allowing the importation of millions of non-native American Bullfrogs into the state. Here are the three letters:
In February I will take part in a conference at the National University of Costa Rica and join two expeditions to search for and photograph frogs.
I will be giving presentations in the San Francisco Bay Area. SAVE THE FROGS! is excited to have received another round of funding for our San Francisco Tadpole Headstart program, from the Helen and Allan Ridley Charitable Trust. We seek San Francisco area school interested in hosting presentations of frog conservation, so please spread the word.
On April 25th I will celebrate Save The Frogs Day along with our worldwide community. If you want me to attend and present at your event, please plan a great event and then register your Save The Frogs Day event and send me an invite. We’ll also be sending out the April 2015 edition of the SAVE THE FROGS! Magazine.
From May 18-22, I will be taking a class on wetland design and construction at Eastern Kentucky University. If you want to learn about wetlands and how to build them, you should register for the class, which is being taught by wetland expert Tom Biebighauser of the Center for Wetland and Stream Restoration.
I am pleased to announce that the website will undergo a massive transformation this year. I have been studying web design and I will be giving the site a massive upgrade to newer, more powerful technology. Our new site will be run on Joomla open source software, which will enable us to have many editors around the world contributing to the site so that it grows rapidly and attracts exponentially more visitors. Over the past seven years I have spent thousands of hours to ensure that our website www.savethefrogs.com contains virtually everything I know about amphibians and how to save them. I am confident that everyone who visits www.savethefrogs.com has access to all the knowledge and inspiration they need to make a huge positive impact for amphibians. And I’m looking forward to giving the site lots of new functionality and making your user experience even better.
In July I will co-lead our 3rd SAVE THE FROGS! Belize Ecotour July 9th-18th, 2015. This will be an amazing experience and I encourage you to let us know ASAP if you would like to join us as we explore the rainforests, tropical savannahs, Mayan ruins and coral reefs of Belize.
In September I plan to go to Mexico to take part in an amphibian conservation conference currently being organized by SAVE THE FROGS! Advisory Committee Member Dr. Victor Luja.
Late October is the best time of the year to find frogs in southeast Queensland and I am currently designing a SAVE THE FROGS! Australia Ecotour so I can introduce you to all the awesome frogs I spent time with during my four years of Ph.D. research in Australia. The trip will be co-led by SAVE THE FROGS! Advisory Committee Member David Hall, a biologist, ecological consultant and good friend of mine who joined me on many memorable nights looking for frogs in Australia. Interested in joining us? Please let me know.
NOVEMBER / DECEMBER:
From November 30th to December 8th we will be RE-FROGGING AMERICA by building wetlands in California. We are making connections with groups around the country to expand our wetland program outside of California in 2016, so please let us know if you are a landowner or work for a school that wants a wetland built.
I will also be focused on training people and ensuring that SAVE THE FROGS! has the leadership and systems in place to exist and thrive far into the future.
WISHING YOU A HAPPY, HEALTHY AND PRODUCTIVE 2015!
I look forward to saving the frogs with you in 2015!
As they say in Costa Rica, pura vida y SALVA LAS RANAS!
The American Bullfrog is a harmful non-native invasive species in California that spreads disease and eats native wildlife. The frogs are imported into the state by the millions and cause huge ecological damage to the state’s wildlife and ecosystems. On February 12th, 2015 the California Fish and Game Commission will be receiving a presentation from Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) staff in Sacramento, CA on the status of the Department’s American bullfrog importation policies.
Please e-mail the CA Fish & Game Commission today at firstname.lastname@example.org and urge them to place a complete ban on the importation of live American Bullfrogs!
SAVE THE FROGS! and other stakeholders have been working on changing the State’s policies on bullfrog importation for five years and have successfully gotten regulations in place in the City and County of Santa Cruz, CA. Over the past 2 years, Executive Director Dr. Kerry Kriger and Advisory Board Member Chris Berry have met with California Resources Agency and DFW management, consulted with legislators and other conservation organizations, conducted market and legal research, collected petition signatures and authored draft legislation that would ban the importation of live American bullfrogs in the State of California.
While this issue is relatively straightforward from an ecological perspective, the politics of this issue surrounding cultural traditions and the pet trade are sufficiently complex that progress on meaningful policy change on a statewide level has been very slow. However, this Commission meeting is a unique opportunity for frog enthusiasts to have their voices heard and significantly advance this cause. Please try to attend this meeting or contact the Commission by February 6th to let them know that you support protecting the Golden State’s great native biota…and therefore want the importation of live American bullfrogs into the State of California stopped.
To learn more about how you can support this effort contact the STF! office at email@example.com
You can also learn more about the Commission meeting at the link below:
MORE INFO ON SUBMITTING WRITTEN MATERIALS
The public is encouraged to comment on any agenda item. Submit written comments by one of the following methods: E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org; mail to:
CA Fish and Game Commission,
1416 Ninth Street, Room 1320,
Sacramento, CA 95814;
or hand-deliver to a Commission meeting.
Written comments received at the Commission office by 5:00 p.m. on January 29 will be made available to Commissioners prior to the meeting. Comments received by 12 noon on February 6 will be marked late and made available to Commissioners at the meeting. Otherwise, 12 copies of written comments must be brought to the meeting. All materials provided to the Commission may be made available to the general public. All petitions for regulatory change and non-regulatory requests will follow a two-meeting cycle to ensure proper review and thorough consideration of each item. All requests submitted by 12 noon on February 6 (or heard during public forum at the meeting) will be scheduled for receipt at this meeting, and scheduled for consideration at the next business meeting.
SAVE THE FROGS! Founder Dr. Kerry Kriger will give two free presentations in southern Florida this weekend. We hope you can attend one or pass this email on to your interested friends and colleagues.
January 10th, 2015: Big Pine Key, FL
SAVE THE FROGS! Founder Dr. Kerry Kriger will give a presentation on “Amphibian Conservation in the 21st Century” on Big Pine Key. The presentation will take place Saturday January 10th from 1pm-2pm at the Lower Keys Property Owners Building(1668 Bogie Road BPK). The presentation will be preceded by the General Annual Meeting of FAVOR (Friends And Volunteers Of Refuges), which begins at 12pm with a free lunch (frog lovers welcome). Come see what FAVOR accomplished in 2014, help plan goals for 2015, and learn about upcoming events and membership benefits. For more information, please call the Refuges’ Visitor Center at 305-872-0645.
January 11th, 2015: Miami, FL
SAVE THE FROGS! Founder Dr. Kerry Kriger will deliver a presentation on “Amphibian Conservation in the 21st Century” onSunday, January 11, 2015, at Camp Greynolds, located at 18601 NE 22nd Ave, North Miami Beach, FL 33160. Miami EcoAdventures is hosting the free lecture. Sunday, January 11, 2015, 3pm-4pm.
Pine Woods Treefrog (Hyla femoralis)
Searching for frogs in Florida’s Ashton Biological Preserve
I spent the last couple days in northern Florida at the Ashton Biological Preserve, which is slightly west of Gainesville. It may be winter but I found many amazing amphibians, including the Pine Woods Treefrog (Hyla femoralis), Squirrel Treefrog (Hyla squirella), Southern Toad (Bufo terrestris), the non-native Greenhouse Frog (Eleutherodactylus planirostris), Southern Leopard Frog (Rana sphenocephalus), Florida Cricket Frog (Acris gryllus dorsalis), American Bullfrog (Lithobates catesbeianus), Southern Spring Peeper (Pseudacris crucifer bartramiana), and the elusive Florida Gopher Frog (Rana areolata aesopus). If anyone is interested in being an intern on the preserve for a few weeks, conducting monitoring and assisting with habitat restoration, please let me know and I will put you in touch with the reserve’s manager. I also made a brand new webpage to feature Florida’s frogs and toads:
Squirrel Treefrog – Hyla squirella
Thanks to Chase Pirtle and Pete Warny for showing me around the Ashton Biological Preserve in northern Florida!
Ms Owusu-Gyamfi before the promotion, was the Programmes Co-ordinator of STF! Ghana where she was responsible for linking the organisation up with both Government and private institutions, organising amphibian conservation events, workshops, field surveys, fund raising, e.t.c. She will now assist Gilbert Adum who has served in the capacity of the Executive Director since September, 2011 with this new promotion.
Ms Owusu-Gyamfi began her career as a bat taxonomist with the Harrison Institute in the United Kingdom. Upon her return to Ghana in 2012, she was appointed as the Programmes Co-ordinator for STF! Ghana. She has successfully organised over 30 STF! events, reached out to +2 million people worldwide with the amphibian conservation message using the media and other local and international platforms including presentations at the University of Cambridge’s Students Conference on Conservation Science, the University of Nottingham and The British Herpetological Society.
“It is extremely important to have someone who appeals to the masses especially women and children, form an integral part of the organisation. I am indeed pleased to have Ms. Owusu-Gyamfi as my assistant,” Mr. Gilbert Adum says.
“We are delighted to welcome Ms Owusu-Gyamfi to the executive board of STF! Ghana,” Dr. Kerry Kriger, founder and Executive Director of STF! also added. “She has consistently been at the forefront of promoting amphibian conservation both locally and international. Her extensive knowledge and background in amphibian conservation is a great asset in helping to end the current amphibian extinction crisis.”
Ms Owusu-Gyamfi will take over running the affairs of STF! Ghana as Mr. Adum takes an academic leave of absence to Germany where he will also establish an international office of STF! Ghana.
“I look forward to this new challenge. It is a great honour done me in recognition of my services to the organisation,” Ms. Owusu-Gyamfi also had this to say about her promotion. “I look forward to working more closely with women and children as their participation is very crucial in achieving success in amphibian and biodiversity conservation on the whole.”
SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana is West Africa’s first non-profit organisation dedicated exclusively to the conservation of amphibians and it is the first international branch of USA-based non-profit SAVE THE FROGS!
The New Associate Executive Director for STF! Ghana, Ms Sandra Owusu-Gyamfi
The Current Executive Director, Mr. Gilbert Adum
SAVE THE FROGS! GUEST LECTURE ON AMPHIBIAN CONSERVATION IN THE 21ST CENTURY BEING HOSTED BY MIAMI ECO ADVENTURES ON SUNDAY, JANUARY 11
(MIAMI, December 19, 2014) — SAVE THE FROGS! Dr. Kerry M. Kriger will deliver a presentation on “Amphibian Conservation in the 21st Century” on Sunday, January 11, 2015, at Camp Greynolds, located at 18601 NE 22nd Ave, North Miami Beach, FL 33160. Miami EcoAdventures is hosting the lecture. Dr. Kriger answers questions like: How long do frogs live; How many types of frogs are there; What’s the difference between a frog and a toad; and Why are frogs disappearing worldwide and what can be done to save them? The presentation features many of Dr. Kriger’s photos of amphibians from around the world, and there will be a question-and-answer session.
WHAT: Amphibian Conservation in the 21st Century
WHEN: Sunday, January 11, 2015, at 3 p.m.
18601 NE 22nd Avenue
North Miami Beach, FL 33160
Dr. Kerry M. Kriger is the Founder and Executive Director of “SAVE THE FROGS!” (www.savethefrogs.com), the world’s leading amphibian conservation organization. He coordinates Save The Frogs Day, the world’s largest day of amphibian education and conservation action, and has given presentations on amphibian conservation in 11 countries. Dr. Kriger holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Science from Griffith University in Gold Coast, Australia, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA. He is a recognized expert on the amphibian disease chytridiomycosis, a topic on which he has published 15 articles in peer-reviewed international scientific journals. Dr. Kriger’s amphibian conservation efforts have been supported by the National Geographic Society, the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund and various philanthropic organizations throughout the world.
Miami EcoAdventures offers outdoor excursions and maintains six nature centers throughout Miami-Dade County, as an enterprise division of the Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department, playing an integral role in the implementation of the department’s foundational Conservation and Stewardship initiatives designed to educate the public and protect the environment sustaining Miami-Dade County. Tours include wildflower walks in the Everglades, kayaking offshore of Key Biscayne, canoeing through quiet mangrove backwaters, biking scenic trails, kayak fishing with an expert guide, nighttime owl walks, and snorkeling over a 1500 year old fossilized reef. These outdoor adventures are popular with locals and tourists alike. For more information, visit www.miamiecoadventures.com or call (305) 365-3018.
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Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces
275 NW 2nd Street, 3rd Floor
Miami, FL 33128
Please watch this video I recorded in the swamps of Congaree National Park, South Carolina earlier this month. Thank you to all our supporters worldwide who have helped us grow SAVE THE FROGS! into a worldwide movement and made 2014 such a successful year for us. We look forward to sharing many successes with you in 2015!
We are very happy to announce that LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics has donated $23,910 to SAVE THE FROGS! These funds will enable us to Re-Frog America and educate students and teachers about amphibians by building wetlands at schools. Since launching their Charity Pot program in 2007, LUSH Cosmetics has donated more than $5,800,000 to over 600 grassroots charities in 35 countries. Thank you LUSH Cosmetics for all you do for wildlife!
SAVE THE FROGS! Bangladesh’s CVASU volunteers celebrated the 6th Annual Save The Frogs Day in April along with World Veterinary Day. Dr. Nurul Islam presentated on “Wildlife Conservation and Animal Welfare: Amphibian Perspective”. There were 120 participants including students, teachers and journalists on the rally that followed the seminar. Thank you to Nurul and 24 SAVE THE FROGS! Bangladesh volunteers for organizing five events across Bangladesh, directly educating over 985 Bangladeshis about frog conservation.
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