Rachel Hopkins wins the Governor of North Carolina’s Youth Conservationist of the Year award

Posted October 22nd, 2014 by Emily Moskal
Categories: Grants & Awards, News from SAVE THE FROGS!

Congratulations to SAVE THE FROGS! supporter Rachel Hopkins for winning the Governor of North Carolina’s Youth Conservationist of the Year award! Rachel has been instrumental in getting legal recognition for Save The Frogs Day and for getting a state frog and salamander in North Carolina. Learn more here.

From left to right, N.C. House of Representatives Rep. Marilyn Avila, Gov. Pat McCrory, and Rachel Hopkins in June 2013. McCrory is signing legislation designating a state frog and salamander. Photo courtesy Pam Hopkins.

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

Posted October 22nd, 2014 by Emily Moskal
Categories: Grants & Awards, News from SAVE THE FROGS!

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 the ecology of the Giant Squeaker Frog; to promote a more conscious local community that respects and appreciates the frog; and to 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 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 1,000 grants to a diverse range of species across the world.


Re-Frogging America: Stage One

Posted October 21st, 2014 by Emily Moskal
Categories: Campaigns & Action Center, News from SAVE THE FROGS!

Last week SAVE THE FROGS! spent five amazing days in California’s Eldorado National Forest building wetlands for our official state amphibian, the endangered California Red-Legged Frog with members of the US Forest Service, US Fish & Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, Trout Unlimited, Center for Wetland & Stream Restoration. Together we built six wetlands for California Red-Legged Frogs and took part in a Wetlands Construction Workshop led by Tom Biebighauser, who has built over 1,700 wetlands across North America over the last thirty years. This week we plan to build three more wetlands, and we hope you can join us or donate to make our efforts possible.



Please donate and help us build a wetland at SLV Charter School this week! We are $537 towards our $2,067 goal.

Please donate today and help us raise the funds necessary to build a wetland at SLV Charter School in Ben Lomond, CA! SAVE THE FROGS! has partnered with the SLV Charter School and together with students and teachers we will build a 16×20′ wetland at the school. Amphibian populations have been rapidly disappearing worldwide and nearly one-third of the world’s amphibian species are on the verge of extinction. Habitat destruction is the number one cause of amphibian population declines worldwide and the majority of California’s wetlands have been destroyed or modified. Constructing wetlands at schools is a fantastic method of educating hundreds of students and teachers about amphibians and ensuring that amphibians have a home in which to live and breed. All donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Thank you for your support!

The SLV Charter School is a public school in Ben Lomond, California in the mountains of Santa Cruz County. In 1997 one of the teachers built a small pond beside the school but it has permanently dried up. We have surveyed this site and with your help we will turn it into an outdoor classroom, with an oval-shaped 16′ x 20′ wetland as its centerpiece. This wetland will create habitat for frogs and other wildlife, and educational opportunities for students and teachers. We will incorporate the students into the construction of the wetlands, which will be completed in one day, introducing many students to the wonders of nature and the value of wildlife. You can download our wetland design reports for the SLV Charter School wetland here. The cost to implement this project is $2,067. Please share our crowdfunding page www.savethefrogs.com/slv on your social media networks!

Please donate to SAVE THE FROGS! so we can make this wetland a reality. Thank you!


The wetlands we built last week in Eldorado National Forest

We built the 60′ x 40′ wetland shown below, as well as five others in the vicinity. When the rains come, they will fill with water and serve as habitat for an array of wildlife in an arid landscape. California Red-Legged Frogs were once common in this area, but the gold miners nearly ate them to extinction in the late 1800’s. The wetlands are designed to last and require no maintenance. The pond shown below is nearly three feet deep and will hold water for most of the year. We designed it to dry out each year so that it will not be colonized by fish or non-native American Bullfrogs, both of which require permanent water to survive. Wetlands can be built to retain surface water either by compacting clay soil or by using a plastic liner; they could also be dug to fill with groundwater if the water table is close enough to the surface. The pond shown below uses a wildlife-friendly plastic liner as there was no clay and no groundwater at the site. Unlike most liners sold in stores, our liners were not coated with fungicides or other harmful chemicals.

Want to learn how to build wetlands and help us Re-Frog America?
See www.savethefrogs.com/workshops

Thanks to the Amphibian & Reptile Conservancy for assisting with funding the wetlands we are building this month! Thanks to Tom for sharing his wealth of knowledge about wetlands. 




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.



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)
Modified Wetland
Litoria infrafrenata Josh Wood

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/)

the night spirit frog

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.

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