More Awareness For California Tiger Salamanders!

Posted November 19th, 2015 by Michael Starkey
Categories: Educate Yourself, News from SAVE THE FROGS!, Uncategorized

Fences, dams, roads, and other developments are among the leading causes of wildlife habitat fragmentation, according to a new report released today by the Endangered Species Coalition. The report, No Room to Roam: 10 American Species in Need of Connectivity and Corridors, highlights ten rare or endangered species that lack safe, navigable corridors to connect them to important habitat or other populations. SAVE THE FROGS! nominated the California Tiger Salamander because their migrations are impeded by habitat destruction and road mortalities. The full report, along with a slideshow, links to photos and species-specific info can be viewed and downloaded from the Coalition’s website.
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How to help these Salamanders: One of the simplest and most impactful things we can do is to watch out for migrating salamanders as they cross the roads! Millions of amphibians are run over by cars every year, so it is our duty to give a brake for these amazing amphibians when we see them on the roads. Support the conservation efforts of SAVE THE FROGS! We are working to save these species from extinction by bringing awareness to their plight and educating the public about the importance of amphibians and their habitats.

Special Thanks: Thanks to Endangered Species Coalition and all of the ESC member groups around the nation that submitted nominations and have worked tirelessly on this report. Thank you all for you great work!

Randy “The Frog Guy” Korb Memorial Fund

Posted November 18th, 2015 by Callie Tomlinson
Categories: Grants & Awards, News from SAVE THE FROGS!

An important role was left empty on October 28th, 2015, when Randall Mark Korb passed away unexpectedly at the age of 60. A SAVE THE FROGS! member, and one of the most passionate educators we know, Randy “The Frog Guy” Korb gave classroom presentations and teacher workshops in New York, Connecticut, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin and Florida, introducing over 120,000 children to amphibians. His smiles, laughter, and enthusiasm infused thousands of school-age children, leaving in his wake a love for amphibians only one in a million could teach.

To ensure that Randy’s tradition continues, SAVE THE FROGS! has created the Randy “The Frog Guy” Korb Memorial Fund. The Fund will assist passionate educators who aspire to help kids understand the importance of amphibians; and it will support amphibian education programs and enable the creation and distribution of educational materials to schools.

Your contribution to the Randy “The Frog Guy” Korb Memorial Fund will assist amphibians as follows:
$25 – We will send a packet of educational materials to a school
$50 – Funds a frog presentation at a school
$100 – Provides a scholarship for an amphibian enthusiast to take frog-related coursework
$250 – Award to an amphibian enthusiast to enable them to complete an outstanding conservation project
$500 – Funds a Save The Frogs Day event in a developing country

SAVE THE FROGS! is a 501(c)(3) public charity and all donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. We appreciate your contribution to the Randy “The Frog Guy” Korb Memorial Fund and thus supporting educators and conservationists who, like Randy, will change the future for the next generation of conservationists, and for nature’s most fragile creatures.

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Gary Swing – We Salute You!

Posted November 17th, 2015 by Callie Tomlinson
Categories: News from SAVE THE FROGS!

Gary Swing is a frog-friendly politician from Colorado. Gary is passionate about saving the environment and our friends, the frogs. In the past he has run as a Green Party candidate for US Representative in Colorado’s Sixth Congressional District. Currently he is the founding member of the “Boiling Frog Party,” which he created in order to bring awareness to the impacts that environment face everyday. Gary is the proud owner of a SAVE THE FROGS! organic cotton t-shirt. Now that is a politician that is working to save the frogs!

Learn more about Gary and his Boiling Frog Party campaign! You can also read more about Gary in his article in the Colorado Statesman!


Google is supporting SAVE THE FROGS!

Posted November 15th, 2015 by Callie Tomlinson
Categories: Businesses for Frogs, News from SAVE THE FROGS!

Google is supporting amphibian conservation and now you can too, for only one dollar!

For every dollar you donate to SAVE THE FROGS! through Google’s OneToday program, we will send a copy of SAVE THE FROGS! Magazine to a curious student.
25 people have helped raise $34 so far. That’s 34 students receiving a SAVE THE FROGS! Magazine. Please chip in a dollar or more, share this post and help inspire many more students to protect amphibians and the planet.
Order your own copy of the December 2015 SAVE THE FROGS! Magazine now!
Thank you for taking action for the frogs!
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Smokesign raises $400 for SAVE THE FROGS!

Posted November 9th, 2015 by Callie Tomlinson
Categories: Events, News from SAVE THE FROGS!

The Smokesign Musician is helping to raise $400 for STF! by allowing for his music to act as a fundraiser!

To check out and purchase his music, you can visit his fundraiser page for SAVE THE FROGS! Remember, when you purchase his music, all proceeds go to SAVE THE FROGS!

Here is a little note from Elliot who reached out to Kerry about Smokesign:

“Hi Kerry,
I have a music label that is centered around electronic dance music with a sometimes organic and tribal feel. One of my artists (Smokesign) wanted to do a fundraiser for you organization, so that donation is a years worth of sales. Always love to give a little to mother nature!


A deadly salamander fungus

Posted October 22nd, 2015 by Emily Moskal
Categories: Educate Yourself, News...about frogs, but not STF!

See the full article in the upcoming December issue of SAVE THE FROGS! Magazine, order here:

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Photo by Peter de Koning


Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans, or Bsal, is a recently discovered new member of the chytrid family of deadly pathogenic fungi affecting amphibians. True to the name, B. salamandrivorans affects salamanders rather than frogs, like the more well-known Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, or Bd, chytrid fungus. This lethal fungus is thought to have originated from Southeast Asia but is now found in Asia, the Netherlands, Germany, and Belgium, spread by the pet trade. According to a Science paper published in 2015 by Yap et al., the largest U.S. ports for salamander import, and therefore the most vulnerable to Bsal introduction, are Los Angeles, CA; Tampa, FL; New York, NY; Atlanta, GA; and San Francisco, CA. The U.S. is the world’s salamander hotspot, with 50% of the world’s salamander species.


AmphibiaWeb recommends the following things you can do to protect salamanders:

  1. Avoid buying Asian salamanders until better precautions are in place.
  2. Never release pet salamanders into the wild, including those that you collected yourself and kept in captivity for at least 30 days.
  3. Treat waste water from tanks with bleach before pouring down the drain.
  4. Write your congress person to ask them to support the trade ban.


To find out more, read the most influential scientific articles published to date below:

References compiled by Tariq Stark, writer of the December 2015 SAVE THE FROGS! Magazine article on Bsal and blogger at Amphibian Survival Alliance’s blog

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Engaged In Art partners with SAVE THE FROGS!

Posted October 12th, 2015 by Kerry Kriger
Categories: Events

We are happy to announce that the Australian arts organization Engaged In Art is an official partner of the 2015 SAVE THE FROGS! Art Contest.

Engaged in Art is run by Lesley Smitheringale, a professional artist and educator from Australia. Lesley has been an art educator for over 20 years and is passionate about helping young creatives on their art journey. She currently teaches extra-curricular art to children in her home studio and also acts as a virtual art teacher on her Engaged in Art Website which provides adults, parents, teachers and children with a range of online courses, instructional videos, E-Books and art and craft resources.

“As an art teacher and wildlife lover, I ask the kids I teach to create artworks and enter this annual competition which is for an excellent cause – saving frogs from extinction. Wearing two hats as an artist and educator I really feel strongly that children should be encouraged from an early age, to love and appreciate both domestic and wild creatures with whom they share their planet and to further foster that caring by injecting their creativity into helping the wildlife they have come to love. Since learning about what Dr. Kerry Kriger is striving to achieve through his amphibian conservation organisation, I wanted to become involved and I have incorporated the Save The Frogs Art Competition into my “Frogs” online art resources in the form of a “Frogs Colouring Sheets E-Book” and “Frogs Teacher Resource Pack”.
— Lesley Smitheringale, Engaged In Art

The Frogs Colouring Sheets E-Book contains 12 hand-drawn illustrations of frogs by Lesley and there is a free speed video which teachers and children can watch where Lesley brings a frog to life using colour pencils. Lesley is a strong believer in children learning to colour creatively rather than just filling in.

The multimedia Frogs Teacher Resource Pack contains a huge variety of resources in a complete unit where children learn all about frogs by; identifying those who come into their garden or local area, listening to their calls, learning about their threat of extinction, recording facts about their diet, predators, defense mechanisms, habitat, amphibian traits, the frog life cycle, famous frogs in movies, games and literature and finally doing sketches of them, learning how to color creatively using the illustrations in the Frog Colouring Book and entering an artwork into the annual “Save the Frogs” Art Contest. These frog teaching ideas are available to view online using the Blendspace platform and also as a PDF.

Engaged in Art is donating these resources as part of the prizes to the finalists of the SAVE THE FROGS! Art Contest and their teachers.



Ends Tuesday: Get 15% off SAVE THE FROGS! Magazine -September Issue

Posted September 6th, 2015 by Emily Moskal
Categories: Educate Yourself, Events, Frog Gifts, News from SAVE THE FROGS!

Following the Grand Opening of the brand new SAVE THE FROGS! Gift Center at, we would like to offer a first in our series of discounted releases of our gifts. From now until 9pm PST Tuesday, September 8th, the September issue of SAVE THE FROGS! Magazine will be available at a 15% discount.

Order your SAVE THE FROGS! Magazine September issue by 9 pm PST Tuesday to take advantage of this special offer.
Use this coupon code to redeem this offer: MAGSEPT15


The SAVE THE FROGS! Magazine is your #1 source of amphibian conservation information in print and is the official magazine of SAVE THE FROGS!. The September 2015 issue of SAVE THE FROGS! Magazine is quite possibly the most impressive piece of printed educational material we have produced since our founding in 2008. Why? Because it is jam packed with high quality articles, interviews, tips, photos and information about frogs, how you can save them and how our team of staff and volunteers around the world are saving them!

Order your September issue of Save The Frogs Magazine right here by 9 pm PST Tuesday.


That means you will receive an additional 15% discount off of EVERY September issue you order. Single issues are already discounted by a dollar off the list price, so take advantage of this offer now using the coupon code MAGSEPT15 and order 1, 5, 10, 15, 20, 50, 100 magazines to share with your friends, family, students, classmates, or colleagues.

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The September 2015 issue is 20 pages long and features articles on:
— Re-Frogging America and how to build backyard wetlands for frogs
— Updates from our team in Ghana, West Africa
— Photos from many of the Save The Frogs Day 2015 events that took place worldwide
— Articles by SAVE THE FROGS! Founder Dr. Kerry Kriger about our campaigns to protect Foothill Yellow-Legged Frogs and to stop the importation of non-native bullfrogs into California
— Guest article by Jenny Loda, environmental attorney with the Center for Biological Diversity
— Guest article by Brandon Ballengee, an amphibian biologist and artist who travels the world researching amphibian malformities.
— Guest article by amphibian biologist Rebecca Tarvin about her frog expedition in Cameroon.
— Introduction to caecilians, the least understood group of amphibians
— And of course amazing amphibian photos!

Order your September issue of Save The Frogs Magazine right here by 9 pm PST Tuesday.


If you’d like to receive a free magazine subscription (4 issues every 3 months), become an official SAVE THE FROGS! Member:

Get more info about SAVE THE FROGS! Magazine, including ways you can contribute or advertise in it, at:

Have any questions or comments? Please contact me (Emily Moskal: I am the Magazine Editor and am happy to hear from you.


San Francisco Caught In The Act Of Destroying Wetlands

Posted August 20th, 2015 by Kerry Kriger
Categories: Campaigns & Action Center

The City of San Francisco is now dredging the Sharp Park Wetlands, home of two endangered species, the California Red-Legged Frog and the San Francisco Garter Snake.

I just received this letter from an observer:
“Hi Kerry, At the Sharp Park golf course they have started dredging the connecting channel between Laguna Salada and Horse Stable Pond. We are concerned about the biological monitoring methods as described in my email below. It’s hard to imagine that frogs in the mud could be seen or removed from the dredge bucket. ”

August 19th, 2015:
They are moving very quickly. Today they were dredging the connecting channel and raking the remains of the tule and cattail that had been cut down last week. One of the kids was using a machete on anything still standing.


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How We Are Saving The Foothill Yellow-Legged Frogs

Posted August 17th, 2015 by Kerry Kriger
Categories: Educate Yourself

Please visit our brand new webpage dedicated to Foothill Yellow-Legged Frogs and share it with your friends and colleagues. Since 2010 SAVE THE FROGS! has been working to save these amazing frogs (known in the scientific world as Rana boylii) via various campaigns and our efforts have really heated up in 2015. Here is the new webpage:

Four ways we are saving the Foothill Yellow-Legged Frogs:
Our new Foothill Yellow-Legged Frog webpage describes several ways SAVE THE FROGS! is currently working to protect these threatened frogs:
(1) Preventing the City of San Francisco’s attempts to destroy sections of Alameda Creek
(2) Saving Tesla Park’s Foothill Yellow-Legged Frogs from off-highway vehicles
(3) Working to get Foothill Yellow-Legged Frogs protected under the federal Endangered Species Act.
(4) Stopping the importation of American Bullfrogs into California.

There are also several freely downloadable PDFs on this new webpage, all of which are available for the first time:
(1) A two-page article from SAVE THE FROGS! Magazine, which describes in detail the threats posed to Foothill Yellow-Legged Frogs at Alameda Creek and how you can help prevent the City of San Francisco’s proposed creek alterations.
(2) A nine-page letter to the US Fish & Wildlife Service describing the threats posed to Foothill Yellow-Legged Frogs at Tesla Park and urging them to grant the species full protections under the federal Endangered Species Act.
(3) A six-page letter we sent to the San Francisco Planning Department describing the problems with their proposed Alameda Creek Recapture Project.

Enjoy the new Foothill Yellow-Legged Frog webpage!

Foothill Yellow-Legged Frog (Rana boylii) at Alameda Creek

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