On January 9th, SAVE THE FROGS! Founder Dr. Kerry Kriger will be presenting at the California Nevada Amphibians Population Task Force meeting in Beatty, NV. Dr. Kriger will discuss “Opportunities for scientists, politicians and government agencies to protect California’s declining amphibian populations”.
Here is the abstract of his presentation:
California’s amphibians continue to decline in numbers even though most of the threats they face are well understood. Federal, state and local governments have been slow to enact legislation to protect amphibians and until they do we should expect amphibian population declines to continue. Thus it is imperative that governments work rapidly to implement necessary legal measures and equally imperative that scientists take a more active role in the political process. A paradigm shift is needed in the scientific community to ensure that scientists view the publication of their research as a step along the path towards the implementation of measures needed to protect wildlife, rather than an endpoint that enables them to begin their next study. In my presentation I will detail SAVE THE FROGS! efforts to: (1) enact a statewide ban on the importation of live American Bullfrogs (Lithobates catesbeianus) into California; (2) enact a federal ban on the use and production of the harmful pesticide Atrazine; (3) ensure the USFWS provides endangered species status and critical habitat to the Rana sierra, Rana muscosa and Bufo canorus; (4) ensure the National Park Service removes non-native fish from over 60 waterbodies in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks; (5) prevent the California State Parks’ planned conversion of Tesla Park into an off-road vehicle recreation area; and (6) prevent the City of San Francisco from draining the Sharp Park Wetlands and otherwise killing and endangering the federally protected wildlife that lives there.