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Santa Cruz, CA - 28-April-2011. A coalition of environmental and social justice groups will gather Friday April 29th at City Hall downtown to call on the City of San Francisco to turn the Sharp Park Wetlands over to the Golden Gate National Recreation area. The "Endangered Communities, Endangered Species Rally" is a major focus of the international Save The Frogs Day events that are scheduled to take place tomorrow in over 25 states and 19 countries worldwide. The rally, organized by SAVE THE FROGS! and the Wild Equity Institute, aims to bring attention to the City's killing of endangered California Red-Legged Frogs at the Sharp Park Golf Course, and to inform San Francisco's citizens that the City subsidizes the golf course -- located in San Mateo County -- while cutting important programs in San Francisco.
Amphibian populations in California and worldwide have been declining at unprecedented rates, and 16 species in the state are threatened with extinction. To create dry land on which to play golf, the City drains the Sharp Park Wetlands out to sea, killing federally endangered California Red-Legged Frogs in the process. So far this year, over 100 of the frogs' egg masses have had to be re-located as their water bodies dried up. The City is currently being sued by the Wild Equity Institute, Center for Biological Diversity and other groups for its failure to adhere to environmental regulations under the Endangered Species Act.
The rally features live speakers from Wild Equity Institute, SAVE THE FROGS!, Sierra Club, Action for Animals, and HOMEY (Homies Organizing the Mission to Empower Youth). San Francisco District 11 Board of Supervisor Member John Avalos will also speak. The rally is free and the public is encouraged to attend.
Other Save The Frogs Day events taking place around the world include a rally at the US Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, DC to raise awareness Atrazine, a harmful pesticide that causes hermaphroditism in frogs; protests at restaurants that sell frog legs in Florida, New York and Maryland; a Frog Leap-a-Thon in Toronto; a Race for the Frogs in Bangladesh, and a frog art contest in Brazil.
What: Endangered Communities, Endangered Species Rally
When: Save The Frogs Day -- Friday, April 29, 2011 from 12pm-1pm.
Where: Outside San Francisco City Hall
(1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place at Polk Street). More info on the Rally: www.savethefrogs.com/sf
More info on Save The Frogs Day: www.savethefrogs.com/day
Kerry Kriger, Ph.D.
SAVE THE FROGS! Founder, Executive Director and Ecologist
Phone: (831) 621-6215
Any photo from savethefrogs.com can be used; credit should be given to savethefrogs.com. High resolution images available upon request.
SAVE THE FROGS! (http://savethefrogs.com) is America’s first and only public charity dedicated to amphibian conservation. The mission of SAVE THE FROGS! is to protect amphibian populations and to promote a society that respects and appreciates nature and wildlife.