THE GIANT SQUEAKER FROG CONSERVATION LEADERSHIP TRAINING IS HERE!

Posted March 25th, 2015 by Sandra Owusu-Gyamfi
Categories: Campaigns & Action Center, Events, News from SAVE THE FROGS!

SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana is delighted to announce our upcoming Amphibian Conservation Leadership Programme on 26th March, 2015 at the University College of Agriculture and Environmental Studies (UCAES). The major highlight for the day is on the theme: “The Giant Squeaker Frog Leadership Training.” The purpose of this training is to build the capacity of SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana’s members and other ecologists to ensure the long term protection of Ghana’s critically endangered Giant Squeaker Frog (Arthrlopetis krokosua). To date, only 13 individuals of the Giant Squeaker Frog are known to be surviving in Western Ghana’s Sui River Forest Reserve.
Specifically, SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana will organise courses on the ecology, survey and monitoring techniques for the Giant Squeaker Frog. We will also discuss and evaluate  conservation strategies that have been implemented to address pertinent environmental issues affecting the Giant Squeaker Frog and other endemic and endangered frogs.
We will also train ecologists on how to effectively organise educational programmes such as Save The Frogs Day (the world’s largest day of amphibian conservation action) for the Giant Squeaker Frog. Through PowerPoint presentations, group discussions, demonstrations and documentaries, the participants will also develop their skills in the different ways they can engage their peers and community members to promote amphibian conservation.
This training will be led by SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana team Sandra Owusu-Gyamfi-Associate Executive Director and Adomako Ohene Boakye – Project Co-ordinator.

Eligibility: The training is designed for STF Ghana university student members (KNUST, UCAES, Presbyterian University College and University For Development Studies) and other interested persons.

We are grateful to the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund, The Rufford Foundation and SAVE THE FROGS! for supporting this training.

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On the benefits of saving frogs

Posted March 21st, 2015 by Emily Moskal
Categories: Uncategorized

Saving frogs is good for wildlife, ecosystems and the greater community. Saving frogs stimulates creativity, generosity, and service to others, all of which are linked to improved health and happiness. And when you save frogs you get to hang out with amazing amphibians and interesting, dedicated frog lovers. As such I encourage you to increase your frog-saving efforts in 2015 and I challenge you to step up your efforts on behalf of frogs and the planet.

 Red-Webbed Gladiator Frog (Hypsiboas rufitela), Kekoldi Indigenous Reserve, Costa Rica

Let’s talk about frog dissections

Posted March 21st, 2015 by Emily Moskal
Categories: Campaigns & Action Center

“To a Seventh-Grade Heart Breaker”
A new poem by 2014 SAVE THE FROGS! Poetry Contest Grand Prize Winner Kiana Shurkin

You run the scalpel over my chest
Watch in wonder as my heartbeats slow, then cease
Then you set my heart aside
And proceed to disassemble me
Piece by tiny piece

Because the teachers told you
That your life’s worth more than mine
And you will get an F
If you don’t perform this crime

Because you are too curious
And CGI* won’t do
Nor a model of a frog
To substitute for true

Because to change is hard
And often very slow
And this is how it’s always done
Because my kind seems low

No matter that I sing at night
Or eat the bugs that bite
No matter that I matter, too
And that this isn’t right

You run the scalpel over my chest
Watch in wonder as my heartbeats slow, then cease
Then you set my heart aside
And proceed to disassemble me
Piece by tiny piece.

*CGI- short for “computer generated imagery”. Some schools use computer software to replace live frog dissections with videos and interactive animations from which students can learn without harming any real creatures.

 Frog art by Henry Ezeokeke, Nigeria

SAVE THE FROGS! seeks a Social Media Intern

Posted March 21st, 2015 by Emily Moskal
Categories: Jobs

SAVE THE FROGS! seeks a Social Media Intern to help us grow our cause, find new supporters and permeate the internet with frog education. Social media platforms may include Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube, deviantArt or a platform of the intern’s choice. The successful candidate will work directly with SAVE THE FROGS! staff and acquire valuable skills transferable to future nonprofit or for-profit endeavors. Applications are due by March 1st.

You are qualified for this position if:
(1) You are dedicated to amphibian conservation;
(2) You communicate clearly;
(3) You write well with few grammatical or spelling errors;
(4) You want to learn more about social media and marketing;
(5) You can volunteer two hours per week on average for the next six months for this position.

To apply for this internship, please:
(1) Send an email with subject line Social Media Intern to contact@savethefrogs.com
(2) Attach a single page file concisely summarizing any background you have in wildlife conservation, social media or marketing.
(3) State that you can indeed dedicate two hours per week for six months on a volunteer basis to SAVE THE FROGS!
(4) Include the name and email address of one professional reference who can vouch for your abilities.
Thank you for your interest in SAVE THE FROGS!

Bulldozer frogs

 

The 7th Annual Save The Frogs Day: April 25th, 2015

Posted March 21st, 2015 by Emily Moskal
Categories: Campaigns & Action Center, Educate Yourself, Events, News from SAVE THE FROGS!, Save The Frogs Day, Uncategorized

Conceived and coordinated by SAVE THE FROGS!, Save The Frogs Day is the world’s largest day of amphibian education and conservation action. On this day we encourage the appreciation and celebration of amphibians by people from all walks of life. Since 2009 our supporters have held over 923 Save The Frogs Day events, educating tens of thousands of people about the importance of frogs and ways to protect amphibian populations. Our goal for the 7th Annual Save The Frogs Day (April 25th, 2015) is 300 worldwide events.

Please organize a Save The Frogs Day event and help educate your community about the importance of amphibians!
You can find tips for event organizers here.

Past Save The Frogs Day events have included nature walks to teach people about their local amphibians; protests at government agencies; parades through major urban centers; frog art and photo exhibits in town centers; film screenings; habitat restoration at critical frog habitats; and numerous presentations on amphibian conservation in schools and universities.

Be sure to register your Save The Frogs Day event so we can send you educational materials and so we can keep an accurate count of the worldwide events. If you would like your event listed on the SAVE THE FROGS! website, you must register it by March 31st. We encourage all event organizers to submit an event report and photos after their event so we can post their event to the SAVE THE FROGS! website and inspire future frog activists. Thank you for getting involved and creating positive action for the frogs in your part of the world!

 

Save The Frogs Day

 

COMMUNITY TREE NURSERY PROJECT IMPLEMENTED TO RESCUE THE GIANT SQUEAKER FROG FROM IMMINENT EXTINCTION

Posted March 5th, 2015 by Sandra Owusu-Gyamfi
Categories: Events, Grants & Awards, News from SAVE THE FROGS!

SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana (West Africa’s first non-profit organisation dedicated exclusively to the conservation of amphibians) has established community tree nurseries within the home of the Giant Squeaker Frog (Arthroleptis krokosua), the Sui River Forest Reserve (SRFR). This project is raising over 5,000 native seedlings to restore an estimated 5-ha of degraded critical habitats of the Giant Squeaker (http://www.savethefrogs.com/frogblog/save-the-frogs-news/save-the-frogs-ghana-executive-director-wins-rufford-foundation-awards-for-the-third-time/).

To date, only 13 individuals of this rare and endemic species has been recorded at SRFR, the highest ever, making the reserve perhaps the only sustainable home for the Squeaker Frog. Unfortunately, constant threats from illegal loggers and farmers are degrading and fragmenting this habitat. These activities have also facilitated the invasion of SRFR by the alien plant, the Devil weed (Chromolaena odorata). C. odorata depletes the density of leaf litter required by the frog for predator escape, desiccation and breeding thereby, reducing the species’ chances of recovering from the brink of extinction. Expedient conservation actions are therefore, urgently needed to prevent the extinction of the species. The community tree nursery project thus, is one of the many steps SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana is taking to address the problem.

From our past experience in habitat restoration, it is comparatively expensive to purchase and transport seedlings than to raise ones in proximity to planting sites. It is even more difficult to access additional seedlings to replace dead planted ones. Thus, the community tree nursery will ensure the constant supply of seedlings for our replanting exercises.

With help from experts from the Forestry Research Institute of Ghana, local people and nursery attendants were trained in:
• selecting the right weather conditions to raise seeds of native tree species in a nursery
• seed bed preparation
• selecting optimum conditions that are ideal for germination
• how to protect seeds and seedlings from adverse temperatures, heavy rains, drought, wind and a variety of pests and diseases

The community tree nursery project is a build-up to our previous habitat restoration project where we planted 2,000 native tree seedlings in another fragmented area of SRFR (http://www.savethefrogs.com/frogblog/save-the-frogs-news/restoration-of-the-giant-squeaker-frogs-habitat-gets-underway/).

Thanks to the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund, The Rufford Foundation and SAVE THE FROGS! USA for supporting this project.

sponsors community tree project

On the benefits of saving frogs

Posted February 27th, 2015 by Kerry Kriger
Categories: Random Frog Stuff

Saving frogs is good for wildlife, ecosystems and the greater community. Saving frogs stimulates creativity, generosity, and service to others, all of which are linked to improved health and happiness. And when you save frogs you get to hang out with amazing amphibians and interesting, dedicated frog lovers. As such I encourage you to increase your frog-saving efforts in 2015 and I challenge you to step up your efforts on behalf of frogs and the planet.
— SAVE THE FROGS! Founder Dr. Kerry Kriger

Chytrid fungus found in Madagascar frogs

Posted February 26th, 2015 by Kerry Kriger
Categories: News...about frogs, but not STF!

The “megadiverse” frog communities of Madagascar are at risk after discovery of a potentially deadly fungus
Conservationists worldwide mobilize to address emerging threat to more than 500 Malagasy frog species

The amphibian fungus known as Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd), which has caused the precipitous decline of frog populations in Central America, Australia, the western United States, Europe and east Africa, has now been detected in Madagascar, according to a new paper released today in the journal Scientific Reports. The paper documents the detection of Bd since 2010 in wild Malagasy amphibians and has spurred conservationists to action in a country that is home to about seven percent of the world’s amphibian species.

“We know how bad this could be, but this time we can still make a difference by preventing the kinds of mass die-offs we’ve seen in other countries,” said Reid Harris, co-author on the paper and director of international disease mitigation for the Amphibians Survival Alliance (ASA). “Together the global conservation community is addressing the emergency at its inception, putting into practice what we’ve learned in the midst of—or even after—extinctions in places like Central America.”

An international team of experts screened more than 4,100 amphibians across Madagascar and confirmed the presence of Bd in five locations across Madagascar. The researchers detected the fungus as early as 2010 in Madagascar’s remote Makay Massif. Now the paper’s authors are working on determining whether the fungus they have detected belongs to the same deadly strain that is threatening to cause the loss of more than 1/3 of the planet’s amphibians.

“Ninety-nine percent of the frogs in Madagascar are only found in Madagascar,” said Falitiana Rabemananjara, coordinator of the Chytrid Emergency Cell in Madagascar and co-author on the paper.

“That means that if the Bd presence in Madagascar is lethal or becomes lethal to frogs, we could lose a significant portion of the world’s amphibian diversity. With an integrative, proactive approach, we are going to do everything we can to prevent that from happening.”

In November of 2014, the ASA provided financial support for ACSAM2 “A Conservation Strategy for the Amphibians of Madagascar,” the second meeting in the last decade to bring together local and international conservationists to address threats to Madagascar’s amphibians. This year’s meeting focused on developing a plan for this emerging crisis, which includes:
The development of an emergency response strategy for the amphibians of Madagascar. The identification of the Bd lineage(s) and characterization of its virulence. The establishment of a national protocol and permit to collect dead frogs from the field. Building captive assurance populations of priority species to weather the storm.

“The loss of Malagasy amphibians is not only important for herpetologists and frog researchers,” said Franco Andreone co-chair of the Amphibian Specialist Group-Madagascar of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), organizer of ACSAM2 and co-author on the paper. “It would be a huge loss for the whole world. Everyone has a role to play if this mammoth of a conservation project is going to succeed.”

The ASA is continuing to coordinate funding for the monitoring of Bd in Madagascar and is also supporting the development of disease mitigation tools. The ASA calls on conservation-minded individuals to help in these efforts by visiting amphibians.org.

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Amphibian Survival Alliance (ASA)
The Amphibian Survival Alliance is the world’s largest partnership for amphibian conservation, formed in response to the decline of frogs, salamanders and caecilians worldwide. Without immediate and coordinated action we stand to lose half of some 7,000 species of amphibians in our lifetimes. The ASA draws on cutting-edge research to protect amphibians and key habitats worldwide, in addition to educating and inspiring the global community to become a part of the amphibian conservation movement. www.amphibians.org

Plastic bottles at California Fish & Game Commission Hearings 

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

Should politicians tasked to protect California’s native wildlife be drinking plastic bottled water at publicly televised hearings? Read this open letter from SAVE THE FROGS! Founder Dr. Kerry Kriger to the California Fish & Game Commission regarding the Commisioners’ use of plastic bottled water at Commission meetings.

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Stafford Lehr FGC

Social Media Intern for SAVE THE FROGS!

Posted February 20th, 2015 by Kerry Kriger
Categories: Jobs

SAVE THE FROGS! seeks a Social Media Intern to help us grow our cause, find new supporters and permeate the internet with frog education. Social media platforms may include Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube, deviantArt or a platform of the intern’s choice. The successful candidate will work directly with SAVE THE FROGS! staff and acquire valuable skills transferable to future nonprofit or for-profit endeavors.

You are qualified for this position if:
(1) You are dedicated to amphibian conservation;
(2) You communicate clearly;
(3) You write well with few grammatical or spelling errors;
(4) You want to learn more about social media and marketing;
(5) You can volunteer two hours per week on average for the next six months for this position.

To apply for this internship, please:
(1) Send an email with subject line Social Media Intern to contact@savethefrogs.com
(2) Attach a single page file concisely summarizing any background you have in wildlife conservation, social media or marketing.
(3) State that you can indeed dedicate two hours per week for six months on a volunteer basis to SAVE THE FROGS!
(4) Include the name and email address of one professional reference who can vouch for your abilities.

Applications are due by March 1st.
Thank you for your interest in SAVE THE FROGS!

Bulldozer frogs

 

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