Do You Work with Amphibians in North America?

EWCL Amphibian Survey

SAVE THE FROGS! and the Emerging Wildlife Conservation Leaders Program have partnered together on a conservation initiative benefiting amphibian populations in the United States of America. We seek the support and guidance from amphibian biologists around the world to increase our understanding of the past, current and future conservation efforts of threatened and endangered amphibian species in North America. Can you help us?

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SAVE THE FROGS! Letter In Support Of Tesla Park Senate Bill 1316

The Honorable Senator Bill Dodd, Chair
Senate Governmental Organization Committee
1020 N Street, Room 584
Sacramento, CA 95814
Committee Phone: (916) 651-1530
senator.dodd@senate.ca.gov

The Honorable Senator Robert Hertzberg, Chair
Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee
State Capitol, Room 5046
Sacramento, CA 95814
Committee Phone: (916) 651-4116
senator.hertzberg@senate.ca.gov

RE: SB 1316 (Glazer): Alameda-Tesla Expansion Area – Support

Dear Senator Dodd and Senator Hertzberg:

I am writing this letter on behalf of SAVE THE FROGS!, a California-based public charity dedicated to protecting endangered amphibian populations and promoting a society that respects and appreciates nature and wildlife. We work in California, across the USA, and around the world to prevent habitat destruction and the extinction of amphibians.

We wish to state our strong support for Senate Bill 1316 (Glazer) as written. We urge you to support this bill and create a better California, for both humans and wildlife.

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SAVE THE FROGS! built a wetland at Garvey Intermediate School in Los Angeles

SAVE THE FROGS! is proud to be building wetlands at schools. We are merging conservation and education by building wetlands that will be used for outdoor education. More importantly, we are building wetlands in urban environment. Historically, the majority of humans lived in rural areas where they farmed and hunted regularly. In 1800, only three … Continue reading SAVE THE FROGS! built a wetland at Garvey Intermediate School in Los Angeles

Building a Wetland at Garvey Intermediate School in Los Angeles County

Many urban children have never seen a frog in the wild. With over 90% of California’s wetlands drained and amphibians declining at unprecedented rates, it is becoming increasingly rare that children come into contact with amphibians. Nature deficit disorder is a significant problem in American children, and it is well documented that spending time in nature helps students concentrate and leads to increased test scores. SAVE THE FROGS! believes that by creating wetlands at schools, we can assist both amphibians and children.

Garvey Intermediate School is a middle school of 7th and 8th graders located in eastern Los Angeles County. On October 7th, 2017, Garvey will become the first school in Southern California to host a SAVE THE FROGS! wetland construction event! This school has taken a huge step forward in saying that the environment matters, the student’s education matters and environmental science matters. Creating the wetland with the students’ assistance will encourage stewardship of wetland habitats and provide students with an educational and empowering experience. These kinds of steps taken at schools help children in cities develop a connection with nature that will later lead them to vote environmentally friendly or even become amphibian biologists!

Building this wetland will provide students with an outdoor science classroom, an attractive and interesting landscape, increased opportunities for wildlife viewing, and an exciting place to explore. The project will greatly improve bird, butterfly, dragonfly and frog habitat at their school.

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Garvey students with Wetland Coordinator Kathlyn Franco Osagie after teaching the students how to test the soil’s clay content — an important step in determining how to construct the wetland.

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Federal Action To Assist Frogs In The Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks

In 2009, SAVE THE FROGS! supporters sent in over 700 comment letters to the National Park Service (NPS) urging them to remove non-native fish from over 60 water bodies in the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. This constituted over 95% of the comments received by the NPS and paved the way for federal action to assist threatened Mountain Yellow-Legged Frogs (Rana muscosa). It took the NPS seven years to make a decision…but they decided to assist the frogs by removing non-native fish from the parks, and in 2016 released this Record of Decision. The NPS’ announcement of the decision is below. Victory for the frogs! Thank you to all our supporters who submitted comment, and thank you to the NPS for taking action for amphibians.

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Photo of Mountain Yellow-Legged Frogs courtesy Dr. Vance Vredenburg

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Wetland Success in Plumas National Forest

Thanks to the very generous donations of twenty SAVE THE FROGS! supporters, we were able to assist in the construction of six wetlands in June/July 2017! The three wetlands in Elgin, AZ were built to provide habitat for the threatened Chiricahua Leopard Frog (Lithobates chiricahuensis). The other three wetlands are in Plumas National Forest, and serve as habitat for the California Red-Legged Frog (Rana draytonii). On June 28th and 29th, 2017, SAVE THE FROGS! Ecologist Kathlyn Franco Osagie served as an assistant instructor at a US Forest Service wetland construction workshop, helping to educate hydrologists, botanists and engineers about wetland construction techniques. These wetland projects are huge successes. The wetlands we built in Eldorado National Forest in 2014 and 2016 are holding water and being used by California Red-Legged Frogs. At Plumas National Forest two of the wetlands we built this summer are already holding water (they filled with pre-existing groundwater). The third wetland uses a pesticide-free plastic liner and is expected to fill once the first rains come.

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Plumas National Forest: one of the two groundwater wetlands we built for the California Red-Legged Frog (Rana draytonii).

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Building Wetlands in Elgin, Arizona

Dear SAVE THE FROGS! Supporters,

I am excited to announce that thanks to 13 generous donors who contributed $1,962 to the SAVE THE FROGS! wetland program, I was able to build three large wetlands in Elgin, AZ in early June 2017. These wetlands are at the Appleton-Whittell Research Ranch of the National Audubon Society. One of the three wetlands already has water in it and we expect the others to fill as soon as the rains come. These wetlands will benefit at least three threatened species: the Chiricahua Leopard Frog (Lithobates chiricahuensis); the Northern Mexican Gartersnake (Thamnophis equesmegalops); and the Desert Pupfish (Cyprinodon macularius).

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SAVE THE FROGS! Wetland Coordinator Kathlyn Franco Osagie and wetland construction expert Tom Biebighauser excited to be building wetlands for threatened species.

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Save The Frogs Day 2017 in Pittsburg, California

Stoneman Elementary in Pittsburg, California hosted yet another Save The Frogs Day fair. The school’s third grade students helped raise awareness about how frogs are disappearing and what kids can do to help. The students gave in-depth presentations about the adaptations of four different frogs they had been studying for months. Two hundred people attended this learning fair. SAVE THE FROGS! ecologist Micheal Starkey was one of the people in attedance and gave a informational talk to the students about amphibian conservation.

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SAVE THE FROGS! ecologist Michael Starkey teaching the students about amphibian conservation. 

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