CALIFORNIA: Speakers Needed at Fish & Game Commission Hearings

WANTED!
Californians who care about their state's native wildlife.

The California Fish & Game Commission (FGC) holds regular public meetings at which citizens are generally granted two minutes to speak on any relevant environmental topic. As the FGC holds significant power with respect to the continuance of American Bullfrog importations, SAVE THE FROGS! seeks supporters willing to attend upcoming meetings and speak up on behalf of native amphibians. The FGC and the Department of Fish & Wildlife (DFW) have the authority to stop the importations and their own scientists have created a detailed report detailing the numerous harms caused by non-native American Bullfrogs (Rana catesbeiana), yet the DFW continues to issue permits that allow over a million non-native bullfrogs to enter the state each year.

In December 2016, SAVE THE FROGS! along with the Center for Biological Diversity petitioned the state to end the importations. We need your help to speak up in support of the petition!

If you can attend and speak at any of the meetings listed below, please complete the brief Volunteer Application Form at:
www.savethefrogs.com/apply

Be sure to inform us which meeting you could commit to attending.
Thank you for helping SAVE THE FROGS!

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Bullfrog art by Fred Noland, SF Weekly

Fish & Game Commission Meeting Schedule:

February 8-9, 2017:
DoubleTree by Hilton
One Double Tree Drive
Rohnert Park, CA 94828
Wednesday 9:00 a.m.
Thursday 8:00 a.m

April 26-27, 2017:
Airtel Plaza Hotel
7277 Valjean Ave
Van Nuys, CA 91406

June 21-22, 2017:
Crescent City/Fortuna, CA

August 16-17, 2017:
Resources Building
Auditorium, First Floor
1416 Ninth Street
Sacramento, CA

October 11-12, 2017:
San Luis Obisbo / Morro Bay, CA

December 6-7, 2017:
San Diego, CA

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American bullfrogs being sold live and in crowded conditions perfect for disease transfer.
Photo courtesy George Heinrich

Michael G. Starkey

Michael G. Starkey
International Campaigns Coordinator, Ecologist
Starkey@savethefrogs.com

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Michael G. Starkey stands with Dr. Jane Goodall at the Wildlife Conservation Expo in San Francisco.

Michael G. Starkey is a SAVE THE FROGS! Ecologist and International Campaigns Coordinator. He began working with SAVE THE FROGS! in 2010 to inform the public about the threats facing amphibians. He rallies scientists, volunteers, and others to help broaden the conservation mission of SAVE THE FROGS! Mr. Starkey has given presentations around the world to inform and help nurture a society that respects and appreciates nature and wildlife.

Mr. Starkey is a biologist, activist, and public speaker working to educate and involve the public in animal rights and wildlife conservation issues. Mr. Starkey has a diverse background in wildlife conservation: he has worked as an ecological consultant for environmental consulting firms and government agencies such as the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the California Department of Fish & Wildlife, working with a wide diversity of wildlife including the endangered San Francisco gartersnakes and California tiger salamanders, bats, ringtails, and Yucatán black howler monkeys. Mr. Starkey has also worked in Panama at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, studying larval development and parental behavior of the neotropical frog, Leptodactylus insularum.

Have Michael G. Starkey speak at your university, school, or public interest group
SAVE THE FROGS! Ecologist Michael Starkey is available to give live presentations to your school or organization, in-person or via Skype. Mr. Starkey explains why frogs are under threat and informs the audience about how we as a society can help out amphibians around the globe. The presentation features many of Mr. Starkey's photos of amphibians from around the world, and there will be a question and answer session following the presentation. These PowerPoint presentations usually run between 30-45 minutes. At our talks we like to have a table set up where before and after the presentation, we can offer the audience relevant educational materials, collect petition signatures for our campaigns, and sell eco-friendly merchandise to help fund our efforts. You can reach him at: Starkey@savethefrogs.com

Testimonials
"Your slide show was great, and you are off the charts with enthusiasm. I loved your section on contests and what they can do to get involved."
—Anya Manes, teacher at Immaculate Conception Academy, San Francisco, CA
"You should have been here with us after lunch; they can't stop talking about frogs. You were so patient with the kids."
—Jacueline Le, teacher at Cleveland Elementary, San Francisco, CA
"Your passion about frogs is infectious and so refreshing. It's also great for kids to see that scientists are humans with curiosity, not only someone in a lab wearing a white coat."
—Mira Sinick, 3rd grade teacher at Lawton School, San Francisco, CA
"Your dedication shows, and your imagery was fantastic!"
—Roger Repp, rattlesnake biologist, Tucson Herpetological Society

Contact Starkey@savethefrogs.com with questions about: Save The Frogs Day, SAVE THE FROGS! Ecotours, Presentations, and Consulting

Kathlyn Franco Osagie

Kathlyn Franco Osagie
SAVE THE FROGS! Wetlands Coordinator & Ecologist

Los Angeles, CA
Kathlyn@savethefrogs.com

Ms. Franco is in charge of wetland design and construction, organizing wetland workshops, and leading ecotours.

"Kathlyn Franco Osagie knows how to design and restore naturally appearing and functioning wetlands for Endangered Species of amphibians, reptiles, and fish. She has helped built 27 wetlands for the Chiricahua leopard frog, and the California red-legged frog to date. Kathlyn works effectively with agency personnel, landowners, and heavy equipment operators to build wetlands that require little, if any maintenance. I encourage you to support her passion for restoring wetlands for rare species."
-- Tom Biebighauser, Center For Wetland & Stream Restoration

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Kathlyn Franco finds a bullfrog enjoying the wetland she helped construct in Arizona for the endangered Gila Topminnow

Read more: Kathlyn Franco Osagie

Volunteer Opportunity: Website Developer

The SAVE THE FROGS! website has educated over 3,000,000 visitors about frogs since it went live in 2008. Now we seek the assistance of a skilled website developer to make the site ten times better than it already is. SAVE THE FROGS! seeks a website development volunteer with skills in any of the following areas:
Joomla
CSS

HTML
PHP
API

This is a volunteer position that requires a minimum of two hours per week on a flexible schedule. Developer can be based anywhere in the world.

If you love frogs and have skills that could benefit SAVE THE FROGS!, please apply by completing the Volunteer Application Form at:
www.savethefrogs.com/apply

Thanks for helping us SAVE THE FROGS! through better internet technology!

"You're happiest while you're making the greatest contribution."
-- Robert F. Kennedy

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Interview with SAVE THE FROGS! Founder Dr. Kerry Kriger (2009)

Kevin Ruprich's April 1st, 2009 interview with SAVE THE FROGS! Founder & Executive Director Dr. Kerry Kriger

What is your favorite frog? Why is this your favorite?
I like the Southern Orange-eyed Treefrog (Litoria chloris), which graces the SAVE THE FROGS! logo and is the central frog in our Frogs of Australia poster. They like to congregate on the edges of waterfalls in the rainforest during heavy rains, and thus have chosen some of the most beautiful places to live. They call loudly and are a very social frog. They have no predatory escape response, so they are highly photogenic as well. They signify life, health, and wilderness.

What’s the most interesting work you have done with frogs?
Rapid amphibian population declines have generally afflicted high-altitude amphibian populations most severely, and this is usually attributed to the chytrid fungus (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis) preferring cooler weather. In southeast Queensland, Australia, where I did much of my Ph.D. research, high-altitude populations of several species experienced drastic population declines and two species completely disappeared, the Southern Gastric Brooding Frog (Rheobatrachus silus) and the Southern Day Frog, (Taudactylus diurnus). For a research project of mine that was supported by the National Geographic Society I sampled frogs at various altitudes to determine if montane frogs have a higher prevalence and intensity of chytrid infections than do their lowland counterparts. Demonstrating this relationship would provide strong support for the hypothesis that the chytrid fungus caused Southeast Queensland’s frog extinctions, and that it is the cause of many of the amphibian population declines in montane areas worldwide. However, contrary to my initial expectations, I found the chytrid fungus to be widely distributed at all altitudes in Southeast Queensland. Lowland frogs were often heavily infected and I found the chytrid fungus at virtually every location I sampled. Thus the reasons for the declines and extinctions in southeast Queensland are still poorly understood.

Do you have any ongoing projects that have to do with endangered amphibians? If so, what are they?
At this moment I am not involved in any scientific research projects, but my work with SAVE THE FROGS! is still aimed at protecting endangered amphibians. One of my primary activities at the moment is raising awareness of the amphibian extinction crisis within the general population. I feel strongly that amphibian conservation efforts will not be successful unless the amphibian extinction crisis becomes common knowledge. This April I will be lecturing on the amphibian extinction crisis at schools, museums and environmental groups nationwide, and I am coordinating April 28th’s Save The Frogs Day, in which herpetologists worldwide will be giving free lectures on amphibians. I also create educational posters for schools, and am working on a book that can be used as a guide for teaching high school students about amphibian conservation.

What is the biggest threat to the amphibian population?
An uneducated, apathetic public. There are so many threats to amphibians – pollution, pesticides, climate change, habitat destruction, infectious diseases, over-harvesting for the pet and food trade, invasive species – that it will require a major shift in our society’s priorities if we are to save wildlife from extinction.

What is the most interesting thing about frogs?
Frogs have been around in more or less their current form for 300 million years. They’ve survived countless ice ages, asteroid crashes and other environmental disturbances. They watched the dinosaurs come and go. But they can’t survive what the human race is doing to the planet. That should tell us something about our actions.

What do you do for a living?
I save frogs.

What got you interested in working with the field of herpetology?
I like hanging out on streams. When I decided to pursue a Ph.D. I knew I’d need to choose an animal to study so I started thinking about what lived on streams. When I found out amphibians were disappearing, they sounded like an obvious choice: I’d get to work on streams doing something of high importance.

What is the best experience you have had while working with amphibians?
The most memorable experiences are of doing fieldwork in beautiful places far from civilization, on nights when there are lots of frogs and other animals out that few other people are ever lucky enough to see or hear.

Do you think people are aware of the decline in amphibians?
I think that less than 1% of the world’s population is aware that amphibians are under serious threat. One of my life’s goals is to make it so that nobody ever has to ask me the question “why frogs?”.

What inspired you to make savethefrogs.com?
I needed a way to communicate with and educate a wide sector of society. The internet allows this to happen and does not require a dependence on large media companies. A website stays online 24 hours per day, 365 days per year, so allows me to educate people about amphibian declines and extinctions even when I'm sleeping!

From reading your page on savethefrogs.com I saw that you like playing a bamboo flute. What is a bamboo flute and why do you like playing it?
I play the bansuri, which is a 7-hole side-blown bamboo from northern India. The bansuri is one of the oldest instruments known, dating back about 4,000 years. I like playing the bansuri because it makes beautiful sounds and it is portable, so I can travel and hike with it. I have a website about the bansuri called www.indianflutemusic.com

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The #1 way you can help amphibians is to join SAVE THE FROGS today!

Thousands of amphibian species are on the verge of extinction, but there is still time to save them. No other group fights for the rights of amphibians like SAVE THE FROGS!. Your membership will enable us to:

  • Build wetlands;
  • Plant trees in degraded amphibian habitat;
  • Fight the pesticide companies;
  • Provide free educational resources for thousands of schools;
  • Sue environmentally irresponsible government agencies and lobby for legislation to protect amphibians and humans.

Please take action today and support our efforts by becoming an Official Member of SAVE THE FROGS! today.

Add your name to the members waitlist and we will be in touch soon!

Thank you!

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Dr. Kerry Kriger 5

SAVE THE FROGS! Founder, Executive Director & Ecologist
kerry@savethefrogs.com

Read about Dr. Kriger's environmental accomplishments | Download Dr. Kriger's resume

Dr. Kriger is the Founder & Executive Director of SAVE THE FROGS!, the world's leading amphibian conservation organization. He conceived Save The Frogs Day, the world's largest day of amphibian education and conservation action, and has given over 360 presentations on amphibian conservation in Argentina, Australia, Belize, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Ghana, Mexico, New Zealand, Panama, Paraguay, South Korea, and the USA. Dr. Kriger holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Science from Griffith University in Gold Coast, Australia, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA. He is a recognized expert on the amphibian disease chytridiomycosis, a topic on which he has published 15 articles in peer-reviewed international scientific journals. Dr. Kriger's amphibian conservation efforts have been supported by the National Geographic Society, the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund, Patagonia, and various philanthropic organizations throughout the world. He has previously done research on endangered Hawaiian birds, and on the biophysical properties of amino acids involved in cystic fibrosis. He has taught university courses in Ecology, Vertebrate Biology, Applied Mathematics and Chemistry, has written and edited chapters for encyclopedias, and is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese. Dr. Kriger has climbed mountains in the Himalayas, Alps, Alaska Range, Southern Alps and the Andes, and is an avid photographer whose photographs have been featured on CNN and in airports and magazines worldwide. He also teaches, records and performs music on a variety of instruments from around the world.

"Dr. Kriger, Thank you for your dedication. You make the world a better place!
Sincerely, Dr. Barbara Anne Kidd-Hoffmann"

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On top of Flakstadting with the midnight sun, Lofoten Archipelago, Norway

Academic Qualifications

Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences
Griffith University, Gold Coast, Australia
School of Environmental and Applied Sciences

B.S. in Mechanical Engineering
University of Virginia
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

"I have deep admiration for Kerry and his endeavors. He shows us all that each of us can make a difference, if we try. I consider it a privilege to contribute towards his efforts."
-- SAVE THE FROGS! Board Member Choti Singh

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"Thank you for your leadership of this awesome organization!"
-- Nancy Lichtle, SAVE THE FROGS! Belize Ecotourist & Donor, California

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Environmental education is the basis of all environmental conservation. SAVE THE FROGS! is proud to lead the way educating teachers and students about amphibians. We provide teachers with educational materials, ideas and inspiration so that any teacher, regardless of their area of expertise, can incorporate amphibian education into their curriculum.

"My 3rd grade has been studying frogs. We raised money ($95) by selling toy frogs. We have been researching frogs and each student made a book to keep with information they learned from books and the internet. We love frogs!"
— Lynn Forsht, Homestead, Florida

“Nonprofit organizations like SAVE THE FROGS! are helping schools implement California's new science standards.”
-- EdSource

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Volunteer for SAVE THE FROGS!

The SAVE THE FROGS! movement will succeed in direct proportion to the extent that we involve and empower as many people as possible. As such, we actively develop ways to incorporate volunteers into our efforts. Volunteering has numerous benefits for those who step forward to help. Volunteers gain valuable real world environmental experience, expand their professional network, make the world a better place for frogs and humans, and likely enjoy themselves as well!

By volunteering you will be joining a highly trained, elite crew of frog savers. Your mission: to protect amphibian populations and to promote a society that respects and appreciates nature and wildlife. Please look through the following volunteer positions and fill out the volunteer application form only if you are dedicated to amphibians AND reliable. Thank you for your interest in frog conservation!

Current Volunteer Positions:
- Executive Assistant​
- Graphic Designer
- Website Developer (HTML/CSS/MySQL/Joomla/API)
- ​​​Teacher of English as a Foreign Language
- Fundraiser
​​- Art Contest Assistant
- Video Editor
- Proofreader
- California Fish & Game Commission Speaker

"You're happiest while you're making the greatest contribution."
-- Robert F. Kennedy

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UC Santa Cruz student Fernando Garcia volunteering for SAVE THE FROGS! in California.

 

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Your Company Can Sponsor SAVE THE FROGS!

Your company's support is crucial to our mission of protecting amphibian population and promoting a society that respects and appreciates nature and wildlife, so we encourage you to help us SAVE THE FROGS!. We look forward to working with you to ensure your company gets the positive recognition it deserves. SAVE THE FROGS! is happy to customize sponsorship benefits to meet your company's unique marketing objectives.

"I believe that together, we can get the good word out about your important work and give your organization the extra leap it needs to become better known."
John O’Neil – President & CEO, Froggerjobs.com

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SAVE THE FROGS! was founded in 2008 with a mission to protect amphibian populations and to promote a society that respects and appreciates nature and wildlife. SAVE THE FROGS! chapters play a vital role in ensuring we achieve our mission and spread awareness for endangered amphibians. Chapters provide SAVE THE FROGS! with successes that contribute to our mission and that inspire our supporters and volunteers. In turn, SAVE THE FROGS! provides chapters with training, advice, increased grant opportunities, and exposure to a worldwide network of amphibian conservationists. Chapter members benefit from increased opportunities that are offered to them through their involvement in the SAVE THE FROGS! worldwide community. SAVE THE FROGS! encourages frog enthusiasts to form chapters anywhere there is a need for amphibian conservation and where there exists sufficient interest to successfully organize and maintain an active chapter.

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Members of the SAVE THE FROGS! KNUST Chapter restoring the Wewe River in Kumasi, Ghana in 2016. The chapter was formed in 2011 as the first university chapter of SAVE THE FROGS!.

How SAVE THE FROGS! Assists Chapters

SAVE THE FROGS! Chapters contribute significantly to the successes of the worldwide SAVE THE FROGS! movement. SAVE THE FROGS! will assist chapters in achieving their amphibian conservation goals, and will provide guidance related to the chapter’s programs and activities.

  • SAVE THE FROGS! will provide training and advice to chapters, including opportunities for chapter members to develop their ecological awareness and their environmental conservation skills. Chapters will have access to years of SAVE THE FROGS! organizational knowledge and experience.

  • SAVE THE FROGS! will link the Chapter members to a broad network of amphibian conservationists in the worldwide SAVE THE FROGS! community.

  • SAVE THE FROGS! will assist the chapter in promoting their activities and successes to the outside world, through articles on the SAVE THE FROGS! website and inclusion in SAVE THE FROGS! electronic newsletters and social media.

  • SAVE THE FROGS! will provide the chapter with fundraising assistance through advice, educational resources, a dedicated donation page on the SAVE THE FROGS! website, access to a database of grant opportunities, and increased ability to apply for funds from both SAVE THE FROGS! and from outside organizations (e.g. private foundations and philanthropic corporations).

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Executives of the SAVE THE FROGS! Minas Gerais Chapter in Serra da Lapinha, Brazil

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"I really appreciate everything you do to raise awareness and protect our amphibian populations!"

Daniel Chatterton, Sacramento, CA

Inspiration

"To follow, under all circumstances, the highest promptings within you; to be always true to the divine self; to rely upon the inward light, the inward voice, and to pursue your purpose with a fearless and restful heart, believing that the future will yield unto you the meed of every thought and effort; knowing that the laws of the universe can never fail, and that your own will come back to you with mathematical exactitude, this is faith and the living of faith."

James Allen

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