SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana Associate Executive Director Wins Award from The Pollination Project

Posted March 29th, 2016 by Sandra Owusu-Gyamfi
Categories: Businesses for Frogs, Campaigns & Action Center, Educate Yourself, Events, Grants & Awards, Save The Frogs Day

Congratulations to SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana  Associate Executive Director, Sandra Owusu-Gyamfi for winning an award of $250 from the Pollination Project. The award will enable Sandra and SAVE THE FROGS! UCAES Chapter to organise the 8th Annual Save The Frogs Day in the Atewa District, home of the critically endangered Togo Slippery Frog (Conraua derooi). This year’s celebration will be on the theme; “SAVING THE ICONIC TOGO SLIPPERY FROG TO SAVE LIVELIHOODS.” Events will include a 30-minute radio program where we will talk about the current state of frogs in the Atewa Hills Forest Reserve and the implications threats to their survival will have on livelihoods. There will also be a street parade with drumming and dancing for frogs. During the parade, we will display placards to exhibit the effects of habitat destruction on frogs and the implications this has for local livelihoods. Some of the wordings on these placards will include “WATCH ATEWA’S FROGS DIE AND WITNESS A SURGE IN CROP PESTS,” “ATEWA’S FROGS ARE VULNERABLE, AND SO ARE YOU” among several others. We will crown the day with a soccer match between two local communities with a key note address to be delivered by Miss Owusu-Gyamfi. This event is expected to bring together over 300 participants and reach several others through social media campaigns.
The Atewa Hills Forest Reserve is Ghana’s most biodiverse yet seriously threatened wilderness area. It is home to the critically endangered Togo Slippery Frog, a close relative of the world’s largest frog, the Goliath Frog (Conraua goliath). Within this area, there are widespread illegal mining and logging activities funded by both local and foreign individuals or organizations. These activities are unfortunately destroying critical habitats of the frog and other natural resources including water bodies that irrigate farmlands and supply over 5 million Ghanaians with drinking water. In recent years, SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana together with other local non-profit conservation organizations have been spearheading campaigns to get the Government of Ghana to upgrade the status of the Atewa Hills Forest Reserve from a reserve to a national park for the permanent protection of frogs and other co-occurring biodiversity. This year’s Save The Frogs Day, will actively involve local people in the fight against the destruction of this unique forest to save local livelihoods.
Thanks to The Pollination Project for supporting this campaign!

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Rock on to Save The Frogs!

Posted March 28th, 2016 by Michael Starkey
Categories: Frog Gifts

Want to look fabulous and help SAVE THE FROGS!? Then get yourself one of these slick tees! FLOAT – For Love Of All Things, 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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Where to find amphibians in New York State

Posted February 18th, 2016 by Emily Moskal
Categories: Educate Yourself

Live in or planning to visit New York State? SAVE THE FROGS! Summer 2015 Intern Alex Roukis created this easy-to-read and photograph-filled article on New York’s amphibians.

Want to become a SAVE THE FROGS! Intern? Visit www.savethefrogs.com/interns or www.savethefrogs.com/volunteers

 

View or download a two-page guide to the best places to find amphibians in New York here.

American Toad - Catskill Mountains - Alex Roukis

American Toad in the Catskill Mountains. Photo by Alex Roukis

 

Eastern Newt (Notophthalmus viridescens) - Long Island - Alex Roukis

Eastern Newt (Notophthalmus viridescens) in Long Island. Photo by Alex Roukis

 

Eastern Redback Salamander (Plethodon cinereus) - Long Island - New York

Eastern Redback Salamander (Plethodon cinereus) in Long Island. Photo by Alex Roukis

 

Spring Peeper (Pseudacrus crucifer) - Catskill Mountains - Alex Roukis

Spring Peeper (Pseudacrus crucifer) in the Catskill Mountains. Photo by Alex Roukis

 

Have you done your Valentine’s Day shopping?

Posted February 8th, 2016 by Emily Moskal
Categories: Frog Gifts, News from SAVE THE FROGS!

For you or another frog lover in your life, shop this Valentine’s Day on Amazon.com and they’ll donate to SAVE THE FROGS! with every purchase through Amazon Smile. It’s as simple as a click. Items on Amazon.com are eligible, all at the same price. Just one click and you’ll be saving frogs every time you shop.

www.savethefrogs.com/amazon

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How do I save the frogs while shopping for V-day?

Go to smile.amazon.com, and select Save The Frogs as your charitable organization. Then shop away! Amazon will remember your selection, and every eligible purchase you make will result in a donation. Items will be marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on their product detail page.

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Looking for more frog-centric gifts than Amazon has to offer?

Shop at our exclusive online shop and all proceeds will go to amphibian conservation.
Go to: www.shop.savethefrogs.com

 

Now you can tell your loved one that you saved a frog today.

You’re toad-ally awesome.

Happy shopping,

SAVE THE FROGS! team

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Want one of our special SAVE THE FROGS! gifts not found on Amazon and the total price of purchase goes toward amphibian conservation?

Shop exclusive SAVE THE FROGS! gifts at: www.shop.savethefrogs.com

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Endangered Frogs Coloring Book

Posted February 6th, 2016 by Kerry Kriger
Categories: Frog Gifts

 

Endangered Frogs Colouring Book: Volume 7 of the Earth Apps Collection

A new way to help frogs is to enjoy Jay Manchand’s ‘Endangered Frogs Colouring Book’, which shares 1/3 of its profits with Save The Frogs!. As you color you will discover interesting facts about these beautiful and fascinating animals. You will also learn what factors are contributing to the decline of our most endangered amphibian species and what you can do to help them. This endangered animal coloring book was created by artists and meant to be enjoyed by all ages of colorers.

Order your copy at:
http://www.amazon.com/Endangered-Frogs-Colouring-Book-Collection/dp/1905747454

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The Boy and the Frog

Posted February 2nd, 2016 by Emily Moskal
Categories: News...about frogs, but not STF!
The Boy and the Frog
By Beatriz Moisset

Photo by Dallas Krentzel, flickr

 Photo by Dallas Krentzel
“Ouch!” cried Arthur, tossing back the rock he had picked up.
A vicious ant was hanging from his little finger. His father comforted him and cleaned the wound. Arthur and his family were in Ecuador. His biologist father taught courses at the University of Quito and collected amphibians.
Arthur loved these field trips. He found living treasures under rocks or fallen leaves. But now, he was more interested in shooting his enemies, the ants, with his water pistol.
Then, he came upon a small pond. Plop, plop, plop! Three thumb-sized frogs jumped into the water to escape him. They kept their round eyes and pointy noses above the surface observing him.
“Dad, come, see these frogs!”
His father approached, ready to gather a handful of them.
“My! This is a new species. I will name it after you, the discoverer.” Arthur’s joy made him forget the ant bite. Later, the frog came to be known to scientists as Atelopus arthuri, and to us as Arthur’s stubfoot toad.
Years later, Arthur saw an article about frogs in National Geographic. There, he read about the perils they faced: habitat loss, pollution, and a fungal disease. The article listed some species that were presumed extinct. With a jolt, he saw the name of his toad.
“Imagine that! My namesake species is gone before me.” Years went by and still no signs of Arthur’s toad. A related species, Atelopus balios, was rediscovered in 2010 after a long absence.
Perhaps, some of Arthur’s toads still remain in some puddle, waiting to be found.
Beatriz Moisset is a biologist originally from Argentina, but has lived in the US for 50 years. Her late husband was the herpetologist, James A. Peters. See more of her writing at: www.pollinators.blogspot.com

 

Web Hosting That Saves The Frogs

Posted January 22nd, 2016 by Kerry Kriger
Categories: Businesses for Frogs

DO YOU SEEK WEBSITE HOSTING?

Dreamhost is the preferred web hosting service of SAVE THE FROGS!, not just because they are the best, but also they are fully carbon neutral. Sign up for hosting with Dreamhost for only $5.95 per month and get a free domain name, host as many websites as you want, and get unlimited storage space and bandwidth. Plus Dreamhost will donate to SAVE THE FROGS! when you sign up through:
www.savethefrogs.com/dreamhost

DreamHost is an award winning web hosting and cloud services company with over 370,000 customers, hosting 1.3 million blogs, websites, and apps. DreamHost offers a wide spectrum of web services including shared hosting, virtual private servers, dedicated server hosting, domain name registration and cloud storage.

Sign up and you’ll get:
– Green Hosting: DreamHost is carbon neutral, offsetting all of their greenhouse emissions through Renewable Energy Credits.
– One-Click Installation of WordPress, Joomla and more!
– Excellent customer support with real-life human beings standing by to optimize your DreamHost experience 24/7, 365 days per year.
– Mobile Website Generator – Convert your existing website into a mobile-friendly layout – automatically.
– 100% Uptime Guarantee- they will credit you a day’s service for every hour of interrupted service.
– A fantastic price at only $5.95 per month
– Dreamhost will donate to SAVE THE FROGS! when you sign up through:
www.savethefrogs.com/dreamhost

Thanks for using Dreamhost for all your website needs!

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SAVE THE FROGS! volunteer continues efforts to save frogs in North Carolina

Posted January 16th, 2016 by Michael Starkey
Categories: Educate Yourself, Events, News...about frogs, but not STF!

Fabulous SAVE THE FROGS! volunteer Rachel Hopkins is saving frogs again in North Carolina! Rachel will present a program on the current status and the future of North Carolina’s amphibian species at the Jan. 28 meeting of Save Our Sandhills. Save Our Sandhills invites the public to Rachel’s presentation at 7 p.m. Jan. 28 at the Southern Pines Civic Club, corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and Ashe Street. If you’re in the area, be sure to check out this amazing presentation! For more information about the program and to learn more about the efforts of Rachel Hopkins, check out: https://yourdailyjournal.com/news/20838/teen-conservationist-to-present-program-on-amphibians

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Contributed photo of Gov. Pat McCrory signs a bill to add two amphibians to North Carolina’s list of official state symbols on June 26, 2013 as Rep. Marilyn Avila, R-Wake, left, and teen conservationist Rachel Hopkins look on.

For One Week Only: Get your SAVE THE FROGS! Belize shirt today!

Posted January 16th, 2016 by Michael Starkey
Categories: Frog Gifts

Belize Shirt

If you love frogs, frog art or Belize then please grab one of these very limited edition SAVE THE FROGS! Belize t-shirts, which will only be available through January 26th! All proceeds directly benefit our amphibian conservation efforts in Belize and around the world. http://www.savethefrogs.com/belize-shirt

Available in Youth Small (~6 years old) up through 2XL. Be sure to get your awesome SAVE THE FROGS! Belize shirt while they are available. When you go to purchase the shirt, please use the coupon code “BELIZE” to receive $5 off the shirt purchase! Thanks for supporting frog conservation and helping to spread the amphibious message! http://www.savethefrogs.com/belize-shirt
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Major Victory For The Salamanders

Posted January 15th, 2016 by Kerry Kriger
Categories: Campaigns & Action Center

In response to a May 2015 petition from SAVE THE FROGS! and the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service this week announced a rule restricting the importation and interstate transportation of 201 salamanders species, effective January 28, 2016. The restriction is designed to prevent introduction of the deadly fungus Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans into the United States. Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans is a recently discovered, highly virulent pathogen from Asia. This chytrid fungus is spreading due to the salamander pet trade and has decimated populations of wild fire salamanders in the Netherlands and Belgium.

To the best of my knowledge this is the first federal action enacted to prevent the spread of amphibian diseases. This interim rule is now open for a 60-day public comment prior to being finalized, and I strongly encourage you to submit a comment voicing your support for the ruling and for similar actions that protect amphibians.

Read our May 2015 petition here:
http://buff.ly/1ZxC2xb

Read the USFWS Ruling here:
http://www.fws.gov/policy/library/2016/2016-00452.pdf

Read the SAVE THE FROGS! Magazine article this new chytrid fungus here:
http://www.savethefrogs.com/salamander-chytrid-article

The ruling was featured in the New York Times:
http://buff.ly/1mYhw7q

Read the press release here:
http://buff.ly/1nlcAK5

Submit your comment to the FWS voicing your support and asking them to make the rule permanent:
http://buff.ly/1nlckL9

More on SAVE THE FROGS! efforts to reduce the spread of chytrid at:
http://buff.ly/1nlcnXi

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