Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund: SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana wins $20,000 Award

Posted October 3rd, 2014 by Emily Moskal
Categories: Grants & Awards, News from SAVE THE FROGS!

I am excited to announce that the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund has awarded SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana a $20,000 grant to assist our efforts to save the critically endangered Giant Squeaker Frog(Arthroleptis krokusua) from extinction. With these funds, we will train and utilize local volunteers to remove the non-native invasive plant Chromolaena odorata from five hectares of the frogs’ critical habitat area. We will establish community tree nurseries to raise seedlings of four native tree species (Terminalia superba, T. ivoriensis, Ceiba pentandra and Triplochiton scleroxylon) and we will plant the seedlings in previously infested areas to prevent regrowth of C. odorata and to provide optimal habitat for the frogs. With the involvement of locals, students and volunteers, we will plant approximately 2,500 native trees. These project initiatives (invasive weed removal and reforestation) will add to our past efforts of improving the Squeaker Frog’s habitat conditions. In addition, we will promote a local amphibian education program to increase awareness in the general public, utilizing many of the methods that have enabled SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana to spread its message locally and globally in such a short time. On top of benefiting the Giant Squeaker Frog, this project provides a long-term benefit to Ghana’s environment by training local people and university students in habitat restoration and frog conservation techniques. Thank you to the DisneyWorldwide Conservation Fund and to all our SAVE THE FROGS! donors who have assisted in our efforts to protect amphibian populations and to create a better planet for humans and wildlife.

Go SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana!!

 

Oct 15&16: WETLANDS CONSTRUCTION WORKSHOP in San Francisco Bay Area

Posted September 30th, 2014 by Emily Moskal
Categories: Campaigns & Action Center, Educate Yourself, Events, Jobs, News from SAVE THE FROGS!
For a great deal, register by October 1st!
What’s the most pro-active way to save the frogs? Build and restore their vanishing habitat!
This two-day workshop will be led by SAVE THE FROGS! Founder Dr. Kerry Kriger and wetland construction expert Tom Biebighauser. We will begin at the SAVE THE FROGS! Education Center in Berkeley, CA at 8:30am October 15th. Dr. Kriger will give a presentation on amphibian conservation. Tom Biebighauser will give presentations on wetlands construction and the ecological value and inhabitants of wetlands. After lunch we will visit wetlands in the San Francisco Bay Area to survey for native wildlife; to learn how to incorporate wetlands in to environmental education; and to design an actual wetland. We will adjourn at 5:15pm.
 
On October 16th we will meet at the Manor Elementary School in Fairfax, CA at 8am to build a 22’ x 36’ wetland. All participants will work together outdoors to construct an actual wetland at the school. This wetland will be self-sufficient and be designed to provide habitat for amphibians and other creatures — and environmental education opportunities for students — for years to come. You can learn about the wetland we will construct at the Manor School, download the site design report and the workshop agenda here. We will adjourn at 5pm
Registration Cost:
$100 for a single day (register before October 1st
$180 for both days (register before October 1st
$120 for a single day (registration after October 1st)
$220 for both days (registration after October 1st)
 
All workshop participants receive a free copy of Tom Biebighauser’s excellent book Wetland Restoration and Construction – A Technical Guide. SAVE THE FROGS! members who attend will receive a free 100% organic cotton SAVE THE FROGS! shirt. See you October 15th and 16th!
 
Register at www.savethefrogs.com/workshops (if these dates or locations don’t work for you, find more here)
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SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana Executive Director Talks about Ghana’s Climate Change and Frogs at World’s Greenest University, UK Nottingham University

Posted September 24th, 2014 by Sandra Owusu-Gyamfi
Categories: Campaigns & Action Center, Events, News from SAVE THE FROGS!

On Thursday 25th September 2014, SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana’s Co-founder and Executive Director Gilbert Adum will present a climate change and frogs talk at the world’s greenest university, UK Nottingham University.

SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana Executive Director will be giving his talk to renowned professors, other scientists and students at the Faculty of Life Sciences about Ghana’s deteriorating climatic changes and what it means for the survival of the country’s frogs. SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana’s Co-founder and Executive Director says Ghana’s frogs may just have a dog’s chance to survive the onslaught of climate change given that 90% of their habitats that can otherwise shield them from the impacts of climate change are already gone. According to the Intergovernmental Platform for Climate Change, the geographic location of Ghana makes the country one of the most vulnerable areas to 21st century climatic changes. Thus, it is not surprising that Ghana is already one of the countries that are worst hit by climate change: from floods in the nation’s capital Accra to droughts up north, causing desertification that is engulfing the savanna regions. Since the early 1970s, Ghana has experienced a decline in precipitation levels of approximately 30%; and a temperature increase of at least 1°, a much faster change than most other areas of the world. Gilbert Adum adds that ‘we are yet to even see the worst of climate change as temperatures are projected to increase up to 3.0°C by the 2060s, and 5.2°C by the 2090s.’

It is indeed bad news for frogs, other wildlife and Ghanaian people alike. But Gilbert Adum who has already won a top award last week at a conference in Bonn (Germany) for his courageous and brilliant vision of climate change adaptability and mitigation strategies, believes that together there are prospects to make Ghana’s climate better for frogs and people. The Executive Director will discuss his vision also with the Nottingham University scientific community. In the end he says he hopes to bring the plight of Ghana’s frogs to the limelight, and establish long-lasting collaborations with the university’s scientists to protect the country’s vanishing frogs from climate change. He says he will also seize the opportunity to raise funds to sustain the progress his non-profit organisation SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana is making to save Ghana’s frogs.

SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana’s Co-founder and Executive Director Gilbert Adum would like to thank Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation (Germany), Museum für Naturkunde (Germany), University of Nottingham (UK) and SAVE THE FROGS! (USA) for supporting his stay and travels around Europe. We also thank Amphibian Survival Alliance for featuring this post on their website (http://www.amphibians.org/news/climate-change-and-frogs/)

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Graduate Positions in Disease Ecology and Aquatic Conservation

Posted September 10th, 2014 by Emily Moskal
Categories: Jobs

Graduate Positions in Disease Ecology and Aquatic Conservation

The Johnson Laboratory at the University of Colorado is actively seeking applications for two new graduate student positions to begin in Summer (ideally) or Fall 2015. We are looking for independent, self-motivated students who are passionate about pursuing research in aquatic ecology and conservation. Currently we seek to fill positions related to two projects:

1. The community ecology of disease: this project aims to understand how interactions among species within an aquatic community collectively influence pathogen transmission and disease risk. This can include interactions among hosts (dilution effect), among micro- and macroparasites (coinfection), and between non-hosts and parasites (predation). The selected student would have a unique opportunity to conduct fieldwork on a broad range of taxa (amphibians, fishes, macroinvertebrates, zooplankton, waterbirds) at our long-term study sites in California (during summers).

 

2. Global change and aquatic ecosystems: In collaboration with the Niwot Ridge Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) program, this project is focused on lakes and reservoirs along the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Broadly, we are working to understand the short and long-term effects of climate change, nitrogen deposition and invasive species on biological interactions within these systems. The selected student would be expected to develop an MA or PhD-level project that help to advance the project’s overall goals.

 

If you are qualified and interested in working with our laboratory, please send the following items in a letter of introduction to Dr. Pieter Johnson (pieter.johnson@colorado.edu):

– Curriculum vitae, GPA and test scores

– Your general research interests, previous experience and how you will contribute to work already being pursued in the lab.

– Whether you intend to apply for a MA or PhD program.

– Post-graduate career plans.

– Why you are specifically interested in work being done in the lab.

– Whether you have applied for any external fellowships (e.g., NSF or EPA).

 

For more information on specific research being conducted in the lab, please visit the lab webpage http://www.colorado.edu/eeb/facultysites/pieter/index.htm. For more general information regarding the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, please visit the departmental website http://ebio.colorado.edu/.

SAN FRANCISCO: SAVE THE FROGS! will be at the Wildlife Conservation Expo

Posted September 7th, 2014 by Kerry Kriger
Categories: Events

SAN FRANCISCO: SAVE THE FROGS! will be at the Wildlife Conservation Expo

SAVE THE FROGS! is pleased to be returning to the Wildlife Conservation Expo in San Francisco for the 3rd straight year. The Expo isOctober 11th, 2014 and there will be lots of great presentations on wildlife conservation. SAVE THE FROGS! and many other wildlife organizations will be running informational tables. If you would like to request any SAVE THE FROGS! gifts we are happy to deliver them to you at the event. I will be there, so be sure to find our table and say hi! See you there!

SAVE THE FROGS! Internship Position for Fall 2014

Posted September 7th, 2014 by Kerry Kriger
Categories: Jobs

SAVE THE FROGS! Internship Position for Fall 2014

Want to learn new skills and help save the planet’s most rapidly disappearing animals? SAVE THE FROGS! seeks an intern to help out with programs and office tasks in the SAVE THE FROGS! Education Center in Berkeley, California. This is a 4-8 hours per week volunteer position supervised by SAVE THE FROGS! Founder Dr. Kerry Kriger. If you are responsible, motivated and interested, please send your resume and a single paragraph summarizing your skills, background and interests to contact@savethefrogs.com with the subject line “Save The Frogs Internship” by September 16th, 2014. Thank you!


Photo of Nepalese frog courtesy Wayne Erickson

Success with our Ghana fundraising efforts

Posted September 7th, 2014 by Kerry Kriger
Categories: Campaigns & Action Center, News from SAVE THE FROGS!

Thanks to 88 generous donors from nine countries, we surpassed our fundraising goal of $2,680 and raised $4,020 for our frog-saving efforts in Ghana! On behalf of our staff and volunteers in Ghana as well as frog lovers everywhere, thank you to everyone who supported our efforts in West Africa. We look forward to sending you photos and stories of our coming successes. If you didn’t get a chance to donate, it’s not too late! We will keep our dedicated SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana Fundraising page active for all who would like to donate to or start their own personal fundraising webpage for Ghana’s endangered frogs.


Over 150 kids attended our Save The Frogs Day 2014 event in Accra, Ghana’s capital.

SAVE THE FROGS! Eco-tour to Belize was a huge success!

Posted August 4th, 2014 by Michael Starkey
Categories: Educate Yourself, Events, Jobs, News from SAVE THE FROGS!

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WOW! What a trip! The SAVE THE FROGS! Eco-tour to Belize was a blast! From June 19th to the 28th, ten frog-saving supporters trekked through rainforests, hiked through pine savannah, relaxed on white, sandy beaches, and found lots and lots of beautiful frogs! See the adventure for yourself and check out these amazing photos from the 2014 SAVE THE FROGS! Eco-tour to Belize.

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SAVE THE FROGS! in Times Square, New York

Posted August 1st, 2014 by Kathlyn Franco
Categories: Uncategorized

SAVE THE FROGS! has been offered full motion digital ads on a 26′ wide x 20′ high screen in Times Square, NYC. We seek a corporate sponsor to pay for the ads and share the ad space with us. Can YOUR company help out? It would be great publicity for your company and would be helping a great cause. The ads would feature colorful eye-catching frog photos and education. The ads are 10 seconds long and will run 18 times per day for 78 days (1,404 showings). The screen is at 42nd street in the middle of all the action. Your company can likely get a tax write-off as well. Please contact us at contact@savethefrogs.com ASAP if you can assist. Thank you!

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The two coolest SAVE THE FROGS! Guitar Picks ever created

Posted July 24th, 2014 by Kerry Kriger
Categories: Frog Gifts

Introducing the two coolest SAVE THE FROGS! Guitar Picks ever created! These picks make great gifts and allow you to rock out on your guitar! One of these beautiful picks features the Southern Orange-Eyed Treefrog from Australia. The other features artistic renditions of a Red-Eyed Treefrog from Belize and a Hypsiboas cinerascens from the Colombian Amazon. Order now and you’ll get each of these limited edition picks! Please share and help spread the word. Frog photos and art are by SAVE THE FROGS! Founder Dr. Kerry Kriger and graphic design courtesy STF! Volunteer Alyson Lee. 100% of proceeds support our amphibian conservation efforts.

Order your picks at:
www.savethefrogs.com/picks

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