Take our survey and enter to win a free frogging headlamp!

Posted November 23rd, 2014 by Emily Moskal
Categories: Campaigns & Action Center

 

Help shape the future of SAVE THE FROGS!, be entered to win a free frogging headlamp!

http://goo.gl/forms/G5RkxJFXYp

Click the link and fill out this 3 minute survey by 11:00 PM PT December 1st  and you’ll be entered to win a free Princeton Tec headlamp, a $95 value*.

Filling out this short survey will take you less than 3 minutes but will help us plan the future of frog conservation in 2015. Thank you for your precious input!

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Art from India


 

Headlamp info for the Princeton Tec Apex 275 lumens headlamp:

Tested and approved in the field by SAVE THE FROGS! amphibian field biologists! That means these headlamps work great under cave-like conditions where it’s under a dense canopy swampy rainforest or under the hood of your car. We’ve used these headlamps to find the tiniest little frog in those humid, cloudy nights; You’ll be sure to find that screw you dropped in a dark corner. Since we have extra we thought we’d illuminate the public! Perfect for your next expedition in the night. All proceeds go directly to amphibian conservation.

275 lumens, 4 maxbright LEDS, 4 light levels, wide beam and spotlight, 150 hr burn or 120 meter visibility, 4 AA batteries (alkaline, lithium, or rechargeable), waterproof to 1 meter, battery power meter, heatsink technology

 

*If winner is international, they will be sent a frog art piece and magnet

 

 

Holiday Bash at SAVE THE FROGS! in Berkeley – December 11th, 2014

Posted November 12th, 2014 by Kerry Kriger
Categories: Events

This will be our best bash yet. We will have frog presentations, frog-themed art, wine and more. Let’s take advantage of the world’s only public space dedicated to amphibians conservation and education and celebrate the end of the year in style! We will have a blow-out sale on gifts so you can go home and make your relatives happy by lavishing them with affordable and fun eco-friendly gifts this holiday. Come on by, learn about frogs and have a great time: 2524 San Pablo Avenue (corner of Dwight, next to the Ecology Center), Berkeley, CA 94702.

WHEN: December 11th, 2014: Berkeley, CA  6pm-9pm
WHERE: SAVE THE FROGS! Holiday Bash at the SAVE THE FROGS! Education Center.

Save The Frogs Birthday Party Berkeley

Berkeley kids take field trip to the SAVE THE FROGS! Education Center

Posted November 12th, 2014 by Kerry Kriger
Categories: Events

 

On November 4th, 2014 three groups of 25 elementary school students from Berkley Maynard Academy visited the SAVE THE FROGS! Education Center to learn all about amphibians and ways they can help us protect our amphibious friends.

“You have a fantastic educational outreach program and I really enjoyed learning more about SAVE THE FROGS! at your recent open house presentation. Your work is truly commendable.”
— Roman Capelli, Biologist, Benicia, CA

Save The Frogs in Vanity Fair Magazine

Posted November 12th, 2014 by Kerry Kriger
Categories: News...about frogs, but not STF!

SAVE THE FROGS! in Vanity Fair Magazine 

Thanks to James Wolcott for highlighting SAVE THE FROGS! in his November 5th, 2014 column in Vanity Fair:
“For the rest of the year, I’m only donating money to SAVE THE FROGS!, Bat Conservation International, The Turtle Conservancy, and School of American Ballet.”


Rana photo coutesy Pcappetto

Thank you to the Cabrillo Host Lions Club of Aptos!

Posted November 12th, 2014 by Kerry Kriger
Categories: Grants & Awards

Thank you to the Cabrillo Host Lions Club of Aptos

Thank you to the Cabrillo Host Lions Club of Aptos for being so enthusiastic about frog conservation. I recently gave a presentation to their club all about amphibians and our efforts to protect them. The Club then donated $500 to support our wetland construction efforts at the SLV Charter School in Ben Lomond, CA!

“Dr. Kriger, Thank you so much for coming out to our Lions Club last night, this was fascinating and your work has enthused so many of us.”
— Jane Parks-McKay, Lions Club

Earth Music Fest – November 15th, 2014

Posted November 12th, 2014 by Kerry Kriger
Categories: Events

You are invited to Earth Music Fest!
Please join us at Earth Music Fest on Saturday November 15th, 5pm to 9pm! If you like frogs and love live music, this is the event for you! Come hear a variety of instruments from around the world played by some of California’s finest musicians. Learn about frogs, meet other frog lovers and enjoy the beautiful frog-themed setting for this one of a kind musical event. The goal of Earth Music Fest is to spread musical enjoyment and environmental awareness while raising funds for environmental conservation efforts. Earth Music Fest will take place at the SAVE THE FROGS! Education Center (2524 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA, 94702). Entrance is $5-$10 suggested donation at the door, all proceeds to SAVE THE FROGS! worldwide amphibian conservation efforts; nobody turned away for lack of funds. See you at Earth Music Fest!

Earth Music Fest 2014

Thank you for supporting SAVE THE FROGS! through Amazon Smile!

Posted November 7th, 2014 by Emily Moskal
Categories: Campaigns & Action Center, Grants & Awards, News from SAVE THE FROGS!
Thanks to the Amazon Smile Foundation for donating $119 to SAVE THE FROGS! and thanks to all our supporters who have gone to www.savethefrogs.com/amazon and chosen SAVE THE FROGS! as their preferred charity so that when they shop with Amazon a portion of their purchase gets donated to SAVE THE FROGS!

SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana-KNUST Chapter Members on Frogs Saving Spree

Posted November 7th, 2014 by Sandra Owusu-Gyamfi
Categories: Campaigns & Action Center

Members of SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana KNUST Chapter, the world’s first international university chapter of SAVE THE FROGS!, are embarking on a massive frog conservation education at local communities in the Kumasi Metropolis this Saturday, 8th November 2014. The members will educate the local people about the plight of frogs, and how to organize amphibian conservation activities to prevent their extinction. The outreach will also target local Senior High Schools in the evening during their weekend entertainment programme to inspire the students to pursue environmental careers.They will also distribute free educational materials including SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana stickers to these local people.

Since its inception in 2011, the KNUST Chapter at Ghana’s premier science university and second largest city, Kumasi, has been educating communities within the Kumasi Metropolis.This year’s outreach focuses on communities that fringe the Wewe River, a 12.9ha remnant upland forest and wetland which is an important habitat for twelve frog species. This riparian environment also forms part of the Upper Guinean Forest, one of the world’s 34 biodiversity hotspots and so has duly been referred to as the oasis of Kumasi’s tropical biodiversity. Unfortunately, local people use this area as“wasteland” and dump water and liquid waste. There is also widespread illegal farming activities and continuous extraction of bamboo and trees by local people.

In their efforts to curb these illegal activities and protect the Wewe River for frogs, the KNUST Chapter has been engaging these local communities through conservation outreaches to promote a society that respects and appreciates nature. Organizing community outreaches has always been one of the major hallmarks of SAVE THE FROGS! (STF!) in combating the amphibian extinction crisis and this educational trip is perfectly in line with that.

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Thanks to the Rufford Foundation, SAVE THE FROGS! and SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana for helping us save the KNUST amphibians and giving these communities the opportunity to learn about nature.

Re-Frogging America: the wetland we built in Shingle Springs

Posted October 29th, 2014 by Emily Moskal
Categories: Campaigns & Action Center, Educate Yourself, Events, News from SAVE THE FROGS!

On October 14th we built a 72′ x 36′ wetland for endangered California Red-Legged Frogs on private property in Shingle Springs, CA (near Sacramento). Building wetlands on private land is a fantastic way to provide habitat for amphibians and outdoor play areas for children, while educating the local community about the value of wetlands and wildlife. The land we restored was once a vibrant wetland but was long ago drained to create dry land for agriculture. This wetland project was in partnership with the Amphibian & Reptile Conservancy and the Center for Wetlands and Stream Restoration. Assisting with the project were biologists from British Columbia, Kentucky, Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area. You can see lots of photos of our Shingle Springs wetland on this brand new webpage:
www.savethefrogs.com/shingle-springs

The cost to implement this project was $3,715 and we still seek donors to help us pay for the construction costs. Please support our wetland restoration efforts by donating to SAVE THE FROGS! so that we can pay off the wetlands we just built and continue to Re-Frog America! We have designed 16 other wetlands and we depend on your support to keep these efforts going. All donations to SAVE THE FROGS! are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law and everyone who donates $50 or more between now and October 31st will be acknowledged in the Thank You section of ourwww.savethefrogs.com/wetlands page. Thank you for helping us Re-Frog America! Please also mark your calendars forMarch 22nd-28th, 2015 and plan to join our next round of Wetland Construction Workshops in northern California so we can teach you how to build wetlands.


Thank you for donating and making our wetland construction efforts possible!

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The wetland we built in Shingle Springs, CA

We built this 72′ x 36′ wetland by shaping a shallow hole in the ground and compacting the clay soil so that rainwater and surface water from uphill will not be able to escape. We expect the wetland to dry at least once per year, which will help prevent fish and non-native American Bullfrogs from establishing populations.

Shingle Springs wetland

Shingle Springs wetland

SAVE THE FROGS! Biologist Kathlyn Franco sprays water in the hole to moisten the soil and assist the excavator in compacting the clay:
Shingle Springs wetland

Shingle Springs wetland

Wetland expert Tom Biebighauser teaches the art of constructing homes for toads:
Shingle Springs wetland

We laid out straw to prevent erosion and to assist the seeds we planted. The straw retains moisture and makes it difficult for birds to find and eat the seeds.
Shingle Springs wetland

Shingle Springs wetland


This drainage ditch turned the Quail Hollow Wetlands into a dry field. We designed three wetlands that could be built to restore this damaged ecosystem. More info on that in a future newsletter!

SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana wins $5,000 award from The Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund

Posted October 27th, 2014 by Kathlyn Franco
Categories: Grants & Awards

Congratulations to SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana for winning a $5,000 award to further their efforts to protect the Giant Squeaker Frog (Arthroleptis krokosua), one of the world’s most endangered frog species! The goal of the project is to better understand of the ecology of the Giant Squeaker Frog; promote a more conscious local community that respects and appreciates the frog, and engender stronger political will for protection of the species, ensuring the maintenance and protection of its viable populations for long-term survival. Specifically, SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana will conduct surveys for the frogs; create GIS maps of the frogs’ locations; quantify existing anthropogenic threats, and educate local communities about the frog. These initiatives will also benefit three other globally threatened co-occurring frogs including Phrynobatrachus villiersi (Vulnerable), P. annulatus (Endangered) and Hylarana occidentalis (Endangered).

 

The Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund is a significant philanthropic endowment established to provide targeted grants to individual species conservation initiatives, recognize leaders in the field of species conservation and elevate the importance of species in the broader conservation debate. To date the fund has awarded over 1000 grants to a diverse range of species across the world.

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