Atewa; Campaigning to Save the Togo Slippery Frog and the Atewa Range Forest Reserve

Posted May 27th, 2015 by Sandra Owusu-Gyamfi
Categories: Campaigns & Action Center, Educate Yourself, Events, News from SAVE THE FROGS!, Save The Frogs Day

On 29th May 2015, members of the SAVE THE FROGS! UCAES Chapter will organise a mega Save The Frogs Day, the world’s largest day of amphibian education and conservation action, within the home of the Togo Slippery Frog (Conraua derooi), the Atewa Range Forest Reserve. Celebrating under the theme; “Saving the Iconic Togo Slippery Frog from Extinction, the Role of Local People,” the day is expected to bring together over 200 local people. Events lined up for the day include a street parade, drumming and dancing for frogs and a ‘froggy’ quiz competition between 4 local schools. The quiz competition will focus on the unique ecological value of the Atewa Range Forest Reserve, threats to local frogs especially the Togo Slippery Frog, why the need to protect frogs and their habitats and how to protect them. These interactive events are all geared towards raising awareness about the plight of local frogs especially the Togo Slippery Frog as well as empowering local people to prevent the destruction of their habitats.
The Atewa Range Forest Reserve is Ghana’s most biodiverse yet most 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). There are widespread illegal mining and logging activities funded by both local and foreign individuals which are unfortunately destroying critical habitats of the frog and other natural resources including water bodies which supply over 5 million Ghanaians with drinking water. In recent years, SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana together with other local non-profit conservation organisations have been spearheading campaigns to get the Government of Ghana to upgrade the status of the Atewa Range Forest Reserve from a reserve to a national park for its permanent protection. This year’s Save The Frogs Day, is to get local people involved in the fight against the destruction of this unique forest.
Thanks to SAVE THE FROGS! USA and our global donors for supporting this campaign!

Did you hold a Save The Frogs Day event this year?

Posted May 16th, 2015 by Michael Starkey
Categories: Events, News from SAVE THE FROGS!, Save The Frogs Day
Did you hold a Save The Frogs Day event this year? If you have not done so already, please email your best photos to photos@savethefrogs.com and be sure to include your country, state and city in the subject line. A paragraph summary of your event would be great to include as well! We would like to use your event as an example for future Save The Frogs Day event holders.

Please share this message with anyone you know who held a Save The Frogs Day event! Thanks! www.savethefrogs.com/day

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Save The Frogs Eco-tour to Belize is Full!

Posted May 16th, 2015 by Michael Starkey
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Exciting news! Our 2015 SAVE THE FROGS! Eco-tour to Belize is full! We will be traveling with nearly two dozen frog-loving enthusiasts as we trek through lush, tropical rainforest, explore Maya archaeological sites, and meet the amazing amphibians of Belize! Will you join us next year? www.savethefrogs.com/belize2015

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Petition for Emergency Moratorium on Imports of Salamanders

Posted May 16th, 2015 by Kerry Kriger
Categories: Campaigns & Action Center

On May 14th 2015, SAVE THE FROGS! along with the Center for Biological Diversity petitioned the US Fish & Wildlife Service for an emergency moratorium on the importation of salamanders into the USA unless they are certified free of the deadly chytrid fungus Batrachochytrium salamandivorans.

Read and download the 2015 petition to USFWS here.
Read the New York Times article about the petition here.
Read the Center for Biological Diversity press release here.

In 2010, SAVE THE FROGS! sent this letter to the USFWS urging them to ban the importation of all amphibians into the USA unless certified free of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis.

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Stop Cruel Frog Killing Contests!

Posted May 12th, 2015 by Michael Starkey
Categories: Campaigns & Action Center

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ACTION ALERT: For the past two years, the DeKalb County Young Farmers and Ranchers Youth Club have hosted “Giggin’ for Grads” in Smithville, Tennessee that involved stabbing frogs to death in order to raise money for an agricultural scholarship. This summer they plan to hold this cruel event unless we change their minds! Please sign the petition and spread the word: https://change.org/p/stop-tennessee-group-from-stabbing-frogs

For more information, please visit stopfrogabuse.com and thank you to Global Conservation Group and Nashville Animal Advocacy for leading the way on this important campaign!

Restoring Degraded Habitats for Amphibians in Southern Ghana

Posted May 8th, 2015 by Sandra Owusu-Gyamfi
Categories: Campaigns & Action Center, Events, Save The Frogs Day

On 9th May 2015, SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana KNUST Chapter, the world’s first student chapter of SAVE THE FROGS!, will embark on habitat restoration exercises on campus at the Wewe River in celebration of Save The Frogs Day, the world’s largest day of amphibian education and conservation action. Involving +100 students from different Faculties, they will remove invasive alien weeds and plant 500 seedlings of fast growing native trees within 2-ha of this wetland to protect amphibians and other biodiversity.
Prior to this habitat restoration activity, students conducted surveys to get a complete checklist of local amphibians and also establish permanent monitoring sites of critical amphibian habitats including breeding sites, and areas with the highest population abundance and threatened species. Student members also made announcements of the habitat restoration on faculty and department billboards, pasting flyers and posters to invite the general student body.

These activities are part of an ongoing project dubbed “The KNUST Wewe River Amphibian Project, K-WRAP” which seeks to (1) restore degraded habitats and establish vegetation corridors along the section of the Wewe River (2) establish a long-term programme to monitor species’ population status, and (3) launch an education programme to increase environmental awareness for the amphibians’ long-term protection.
The Wewe River forms part of wetlands and a remnant upland forest, which altogether provide critical habitats for at least 12 amphibian species. Unfortunately, the combination of widespread activities such as waste disposal, illegal farming and tree collection are degrading the habitat of the river’s amphibian species, causing them to suffer significant population declines. Carrying out these activities in Ghana’s premier Science University therefore, is an opportunity to educate and build the capacity of the next generation in amphibian conservation.

Thanks to the Rufford Foundation for being the major sponsor of this programme.

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VOLUNTEER for SAVE THE FROGS! Magazine!

Posted April 25th, 2015 by Emily Moskal
Categories: Campaigns & Action Center, Jobs, News from SAVE THE FROGS!

Interested in volunteering for SAVE THE FROGS! Magazine?

Follow this link to the job post and find out how you can help SAVE THE FROGS!

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Best wishes,

Emily Moskal,
Editor, SAVE THE FROGS! Magazine

Upcoming 7th Annual Save The Frogs Day Celebration in Northern Ghana

Posted April 21st, 2015 by Sandra Owusu-Gyamfi
Categories: Campaigns & Action Center, Educate Yourself, Events, Save The Frogs Day

On 24th April 2015, SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana (hereafter STF! Ghana) will be celebrating this year’s Save The Frogs Day, the world’s largest day of amphibian education and conservation action in Northern Ghana’s Chiana. Campaigning within this locality on the theme “Frogs on Roads (FOOR),” we will raise public awareness about widespread frog deaths caused by road users. Activities have therefore, been planned to raise awareness and educate the public on preventive measures to reduce amphibian roadkills. Preceding the day will be a 30 minutes discussion on Nabiina Radio, the district FM station which broadcasts to +2,000 local people, about the plight of frogs to roadkills and what can be done to reduce it. There will be a phone-in section where staff of STF! Ghana will get interactive with the public. Through this broadcast, we will also invite people to the major events planned for Save The Frogs Day including, “Racing for Frogs,” a 11km bicycle racing competition and a street parade with local people holding placards to raise awareness about the indiscriminate killing of frogs by road users. Some inscriptions on the placards will read “IF YOU CAN’T SEE WHAT IS ON THE ROAD, SLOWDOWN”; “WATCH OUT FOR ME ON RAINY DAYS”; “DON’T RUN ME OVER WHEN YOU SEE ME ON THE ROAD”; “RESCUE ME WHEN I GET TRAPPED ON THE ROAD”; “I LOVE PUDDLES BUT NOT WHEN THEY ARE ON THE ROAD,” “PATCH THAT POTHOLE BEFORE I CONFUSE IT FOR MY HABITAT” e.t.c.
We will also visit our vibrant SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana football team, to retool it with sports and educational materials. A courtesy call will be paid to the paramount chief and the elders of the traditional area to thank them for their support for STF! Ghana and also inform them of planned projects for the community. The day will finally be crowned with a speech and the presentation of awards to race winners by the Associate Executive Director of STF! Ghana, Sandra Owusu-Gyamfi.
This campaign is necessary as many roads in Ghana are plagued with puddles and potholes which amphibians frequently use as temporary habitats, increasing their risk to roadkills. In addition, many die on the roads during their natal migration to breeding sites. Unfortunately, the general lack of awareness among Ghanaians to this development make amphibians even more vulnerable to roadkill.

Thanks to The Rufford Foundation and SAVE THE FROGS! for supporting this day!!

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Spread Awareness – SAVE THE FROGS!

Posted April 20th, 2015 by Michael Starkey
Categories: Businesses for Frogs, Frog Gifts, Save The Frogs Day

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Advertise in SAVE THE FROGS! Magazine

Posted April 10th, 2015 by Kerry Kriger
Categories: Businesses for Frogs, News from SAVE THE FROGS!

SAVE THE FROGS! is offering a limited number of ad spaces in our July issue of SAVE THE FROGS! Magazine. We can even provide graphic design consulting to make your ad look great. If you want to take advantage of this beautiful, eye-catching magazine to promote your business or website, please email us at: magazine@savethefrogs.com

Full Page: $750 (7.5″ wide x 10″ high)
Half Page: $450 (vertical 3.6″w x 10″h or horizontal 7.5″w x 4.8″h)
Third Page: $350 (7.5″w x 3.3″h)
Sixth Page: $200 (3.6″w x 3.3″h)

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