Archive for December, 2011
Toad-like ‘inner eye’ makes it hard to look away, York researcher says
The Canadian Press December 15, 2011
As the Founder & Executive Director of SAVE THE FROGS!, the world’s leading amphibian conservation organization, and as a former citizen of San Francisco, I feel obligated to respond to the Chronicle’s recent editorial “On Golf Versus Critters”, which incorrectly describes the Sharp Park Golf Course as being suitable habitat for endangered frogs, and dangerously labels people who care about protecting San Francisco’s wildlife populations as “hard-line environmentalists”.
Wetlands are among the most endangered ecosystems on the planet and over 90 percent of California’s coastal wetlands have been destroyed. So I do not consider myself an extremist for thinking it is unethical and outdated that the City of San Francisco is using taxpayer funds to pump the Sharp Park Wetlands out to sea to create dry land for golfing at Sharp Park. Draining the wetlands strands the egg masses of federally endangered California Red-Legged Frogs. The City’s pumps are situated at the most important Red-Legged Frog breeding pond and they suck the tadpoles out to sea. The endangered San Francisco Garter Snakes that inhabit the site depend on the frogs as a food source, and as the frogs go, so do the snakes. It is not “hard-line” to want to protect the endangered species that bear the name of my favorite city and state; rather, it is my duty as a Californian.
Late is better than never, right? We’ll be adding the week in frog news to the FrogBlog every week now, thanks to Kristin Womack for taking charge of the compilation.
BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE TECHNICIANS (up to 4) needed for ongoing studies of
amphibians as part of a USGS research program at Yosemite National Park.
One or two 2-person field crews will be hired to conduct visual
encounter surveys throughout Yosemite NP, and occasionally in other
parts of California. There may be opportunities to participate in
related research on amphibian chytrid fungus and pesticides.
The 2011 SAVE THE FROGS! Art Contest received entries from 2,231 contestants in 31 countries! Entries came from Australia, Bangladesh, Belize, Canada, Estonia, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Jordan, Kenya, Malaysia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Africa, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and the USA. The 2012 SAVE THE FROGS! Art Contest will begin January 15th!
Congratulations to all the winners and honorable mentions and thanks to Critter Skimmer for donating the $$$ CASH PRIZES $$$! Feel free to help us spread the word by posting any of these images on your website! Be sure to check out our Mushroom Frog Art page, featuring tons of amazing 2012 Frog Art entries not displayed on this page. If your company would like to sponsor the 2012 SAVE THE FROGS! Art Contest, please contact us.
Frog Hazards by Kara Timmons
San Antonio, TX, Age 19, GRAND PRIZE WINNER (and 18+ Category Winner). Kara’s frog art features invasive species, global warming, deforestation, pollution, limb deformities, and over-harvesting for the dissection, frog legs and pet frog trades. We like her art so much we put it on this postcard; please order a set today!
Marsh Frog at Sunset by Selena Vanapruks
Age 13, Winner of the 10-13 Age Category
Go Green and Save The Frogs by Lei Yang – 8
Walnut, CA, Age 8, Winner of the Under 10 Category
Don’t Splat Our Habitat by Lauren Lucente
Las Vegas, NV, Age 14, Winner of the 13-17 Age Category
Governor Bev Perdue of North Carolina yesterday officially recognized the 4th Annual Save The Frogs Day (April 28, 2012) in the state of NC, and “commends its observance to all citizens.” Thanks and congratulations to 13 year old Rachel Hopkins of Raleigh, NC for making this happen!
Click the image below to download the PDF of Governor Perdue’s proclamation!
Bottled water is not only expensive, it’s bad for the environment:
— The plastic is made from oil;
— The production of the bottle is water-intensive;
— The bottle gets shipped to you in a polluting vehicle.
Save money and the planet, and help spread the word by drinking out of a SAVE THE FROGS! Klean Kanteen.
Learn more and place your order at:
Atrazine turns male frogs into females — and it’s on our food and in our tap water: so we want it banned! These two-sided 4×6″ info cards are a great way to help spread the word about Atrazine. We are certain that the EPA will ban Atrazine…but they will not do so until we have an educated, informed public whose voice is more powerful than that of the multi-billion dollar pesticide companies. Distribute these cards and help spread the word.
The 2011 SAVE THE FROGS! Art Contest received so many cool mushroom frog art drawings from around the world that we were inspired to create this webpage dedicated to our favorite amphibians and fungi. Please download your favorite images and email them to your friends or post them on your website to help spread the word. Enjoy!