Bangladesh Frogs Booklet - Free PDF

Greetings!
You will be happy to know that a booklet entitled "Endangered Frogs In Bangladesh" (in Bangla) has been published by Zoological Society of Bangladesh (ZSB). They also acknowledge SAVE THE FROGS! Bangladesh initiatives and use the logo in the booklet. I hope this will be a helpful education material to spread the voice of Frogs Conservation in Bangladesh. Please feel free to distribute this PDF version to FROG Lovers and Conservationist in Bangladesh.

Recently I got an invitation to give a talk on Frogs Conservation in Haor Area. The Program will be held on Tanguar Haor, Sunamganj on 9-10 May 2018 and organized by ZSB. I will also discuss about the recent event of SAVE THE FROGS! at University of Dhaka.
-- Abdur Razzaque

Feel free to download the PDF and share it with your friends and colleagues!

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Save The Frogs at Discover Amazonia in Scotland

Dear SAVE THE FROGS!

I am the education officer for a small indoor tropical zoo in Scotland called Amazonia. We recently held a Save The Frogs! themed awareness day where we held crafts, activities, quizzes and a fundraising games. We had a busy day with lots of fun and in total managed to raise a total of £128 GBP. We hope that our funds will be able to support your and our global frog citizens in securing a safer future.  I have included a picture of our ‘SAVE THE FROGS’ banner where visitors painted their hand to create a frog to show their support.
Kind Regards,
Sam Haworth
Education Officer
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The 5K Race Against Extinction: May 19th, 2018

Announcing the May 19th, 2018 Race Against Extinction in honor of Endangered Species Day!

Sign up to run for SAVE THE FROGS!

Generation Awakening is organizing this 5K obstacle course run/walk on the boardwalk in beautiful Huntington Beach to raise awareness and funds for endangered species. Choose to run for SAVE THE FROGS! at the time of registration and we will receive 50% of your ticket price, with the remainder benefiting Generation Awakening's wildlife programs and covering race costs. 

Location:  21579 Pacific Coast Hwy, Huntington Beach, CA 92647 (Parking lot at Beach Blvd. & PCH)

Families, friends, co-workers, kids, and people of all ages can come out to participate in this fun and competitive setting with various contests and prizes.  Complimentary water and snacks will be provided. Following the race, enjoy the music by Reggae band Cali Conscious and the various booths, a silent auction and even pet adoptions, as the other runners finish. Once the race has concluded there will be an award ceremony for the top finishers (Kids & Adults) and top fundraisers - both individuals and teams, and raffle winners. This will be an exciting day with a purpose that is sure to be a memorable one!

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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?

Read more: Do You Work with Amphibians in North America?

Biraj Shrestha wins fellowship to attend University of California at Santa Cruz

Long-time SAVE THE FROGS! volunteer Biraj Shrestha from Nepal has won a full fellowship for two years to attend the prestigious University of California, Santa Cruz. Biraj will be enrolled in the Masters Program in Coastal Science and Policy, a recently introduced program under the faculty of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Biraj is one of ten successful candidates chosen from a field of 115 applicants from 46 countries.

Biraj has organized multiple Save The Frogs Day events over the years and has won awards from SAVE THE FROGS! and other organizations to implement amphibian conservation and education programs in the remote Himalayas.

We wish Biraj all the good fortunes in his ambition to work for the betterment of amphibians across the planet. 

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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.

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

Kolkata, India: Dr. Kerry Kriger visits the Rahara Nibedita Art Centre

The Rahara Nibedita Art Centre is a privately run art school in Kolkata, India, founded by artist Apurba Banerjee in 1997. The school's students began participating in the SAVE THE FROGS! Art Contest in 2010 and they celebrate Save The Frogs Day annually by drawing frog art and learning about amphibians. In 2014, the school won a $400 grant from SAVE THE FROGS! to assist their educational and artistic efforts. Much of the centre's art is created using recycled materials.

On March 4th, 2018, SAVE THE FROGS! Founder Dr. Kerry Kriger visited the Rahara Nibedita Art Centre, where the students were engaged in creating frog art with the sounds of Indian classical music filling the air. Local biologist Dr. Swapan Ghosh also joined the event, and gave his encouragement to the students. Students recited poetry and Dr. Kriger and Apurba Banerjee gave brief speeches to encourage the students to pursue their artistic and environmental endeavors.

SAVE THE FROGS! wishes to thank Apurba Banerjee and the staff and students of the Rahara Nibedita Art Centre for their dedicated support of art education and amphibian conservation!

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Dr. Kriger and Dr. Ghosh with students of the art centre.

Read more: Kolkata, India: Dr. Kerry Kriger visits the Rahara Nibedita Art Centre

University of Dhaka SAVE THE FROGS! Seminar

On February 22nd, 2018 the Zoological Society of Bangladesh hosted a SAVE THE FROGS! seminar at University of Dhaka, in Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh. SAVE THE FROGS! Founder Dr. Kerry Kriger delivered a presentation on amphibian conservation and the history of SAVE THE FROGS! Bangladesh. Thanks to all the organizers and the 80+ attendees!

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Read more: University of Dhaka SAVE THE FROGS! Seminar

Dr. Kerry Kriger Visits India & Bangladesh

Empowering Indian & Bangladeshi Citizens To Protect Amphibian Populations:
SAVE THE FROGS! Founder Dr. Kerry Kriger Visits India & Bangladesh

From December 2017 through February 2018, I will visit SAVE THE FROGS! volunteers in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Delhi, Dhaka, Chittagong & Sylhet to give presentations and assist them in increasing the effectiveness of their efforts on behalf of amphibians and the environment.

Please donate to support my efforts in India & Bangladesh!

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SAVE THE FROGS! Grant Recipients at the Rahara Nibedita Art Center, Calcutta

Amphibians have been rapidly declining in numbers in recent decades due to pollution, loss of habitat, climate change, invasive species, road mortality, over-harvesting for the pet and food trades, and the infectious disease chytridiomycosis, which is spread by human activity. Frogs feed on mosquitos and thus help protect people from malaria and other vector-borne diseases. Frogs are bio-indicators that serve as an early warning system of environmental degradation. Amphibians are an integral part of the food web, and in protecting amphibians, we simultaneously protect many other wildlife species.

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Save The Frogs Day in Lucknow, India

SAVE THE FROGS! has had an active volunteer base in India since 2009, when the country’s first Save The Frogs Day event was celebrated in Guwahati, Assam. SAVE THE FROGS! now has volunteers throughout India, affording us a unique opportunity to organize our efforts and empower these groups to increase their efforts on behalf of amphibians. I have had a long interest in Indian culture, having studied, performed and taught classical music of northern India (bansuri) since 1996. I visited Uttar Pradesh in 1997 and recently returned to India for the first time in two decades, to both further my musical efforts and to promote amphibian conservation throughout the country. I will speak at schools, universities and conservation centers to encourage youth, teachers and scientists to incorporate amphibians into their curricula and make amphibian conservation a primary focus of their careers.

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SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

  • Hyderabad, Telangana, India:
    • December 26th presentation at the Laboratory for the Conservation of Endangered Species

  • Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
    • December 29th presentation at the Madras Snake Park and inauguration of the Herpetology Research Centre
    • Visit to the Madras Croc Bank

  • Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
    • January 3rd to 6th Frogging Expedition and presentations organized by Dr. KV Gururaja
    • Dr. KV Gururaja is Chief Scientist at Gubbi Labs, India Institute of Science and has created Android apps and books on identifying the amphibians of the Western Ghats, one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots. Since 2010 Dr. Gururaja has been organizing Save The Frogs Day events in Bangalore. Dr. Kriger and Dr. Gururaja will organize presentations at schools in the Western Ghats region and visit frog habitats to acquire high quality photographs that can be used for educational and promotional materials.

  • Ajmer, Jodhpur and Udaipur, Rajasthan, India
    • January 15th presentations: Zoology Dept Rajasthan University; Kanojia Girls PG College; Kendriya Vidhyalay School
    • January 16th & 17th Presentations in Ajmer at the Regional Institute of Education and Kayad village schools.
    • January 18th & 19th Presentations in Jodhpur at Mahila PG College, Arid Forest Research Institute and Jai Narain Vyas University.
    • January 20th Presentation at Beawar PG College
    • Organized by Professor KK Sharma and the volunteers of Save Environment and Welfare of Animals (SEWA) society, who have been working with full enthusiasm and dedication to stop the decline of frog populations in the western parts of India. Since 2011 they have held over 100 Save The Frogs Day events throughout Rajasthan. The world's smallest frog (Microhila ornate) was reported from the amphibian rich area of this habitat of Western India.
      “Kerry: Me and my Save The Frogs lovers in India have great hopes about your visit to India." 
      -- Dr. Krishan Sharma, Amphibian Biologist, MDS University, Ajmer, India

  • New Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, India
    • January 24th Presentation to middle school children at WWF-India's Frogfest

  • Dhaka, Bangladesh
    • January 30th presentation at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Agricultural University in Gazipur (tentative)

  • Chittagong, Bangladesh
    • Feb 1st week seminar at Chittagong Veterinary & Animal Sciences University (tentative)

  • Rangamati, Bangladesh
    • Feb 5th presentation Green Explore Society (tentative)

  • Sylhet, Bangladesh
    • February 12th presentation; Pradhikar (Sylhet Agriculture University) (tentative)

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Save The Frogs Day in Rajasthan, India

Please contact Dr. Kerry Kriger with questions or sponsorship enquiries.

Memories from La Selva Amazon Ecolodge

SAVE THE FROGS! supporter Ruth Van Sciver visited La Selva Amazon Ecolodge in Ecuador in 2010. It was her enthusiastic recollection of her experience that inspired us to organize our 2018 SAVE THE FROGS! Ecuador Ecotour to La Selva. Here are some memories Ruth was willing to share:

"We stayed at La Selva Jungle Lodge for seven nights in January 2010 and had a wonderful, educational, and entertaining visit. Our nine person group consisted of two families with four boys, ages 6, 8, 9 and 14 plus my 77 year old mother. We all had a GREAT time and can’t wait to go back!

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All photos on this page courtesy Ruth Van Sciver

Read more: Memories from La Selva Amazon Ecolodge

The SAVE THE FROGS! Ecuador Ecotour: July 2018

Learn about our other Ecotours here.

Join SAVE THE FROGS! in the Ecuadorian Amazon for the adventure of a lifetime! We will be exploring the deep Amazon in search of frogs and other wildlife in one of the most biodiverse regions on Earth. If you have questions please email us at contact@savethefrogs.com or call (415) 878-6525.

We are pleased to announce that a brand new SAVE THE FROGS! Ecuador Ecotour will take place July 1st to 7th, 2018! We will explore the Yasuni Biosphere Reserve in the heart of the Amazon rainforest and stay at the La Selva Amazon Ecolodge, a spectacular destination near the border of Yasuni National Park. We will have an abundance of opportunities to find and photograph amphibians and an array of other wildlife. 

The final day to express interest in the July 2018 SAVE THE FROGS! Ecuador Ecotour is March 2nd, 2018!

"We never would have imagined the powerful connections we made with both the group and the amazing country of Ecuador and it's beautiful people. We are forever grateful for your friendship. We are forever changed by our experiences. We will see both you and Ecuador again." 
-- Kelly Geer, Participant of the 2016 SAVE THE FROGS! Ecuador Ecotour

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Photo from la Selva Amazon Ecolodge courtesy Ruth Van Sciver. Read Ruth's La Selva story here.

"I can honestly say it was the best trip of my life (and I've travelled a lot!)”
- Melissa Steele-Ogus, 2017 SAVE THE FROGS! Ecuador Ecotour Participant

Read more: The SAVE THE FROGS! Ecuador Ecotour: July 2018

SAVE THE FROGS! Paraguay Expedition to Parque Guasu

On December 2nd, 2017, SAVE THE FROGS! Paraguay held a frogging expedition at Parque Guasu Metropolitano in the capital, Asunción. Fifteen frog enthusiasts joined us looking for frogs and taking pictures of them, after which we released them back into their habitat. We were led by herpetologist Alberto Carosini, an expert who identified the species. Parque Guasu Metropolitano is an urban park on the outskirts of the city, administered by the government. Despite human disturbances and recent clearing of natural vegetation in some parts of the park, natural habitats for frogs persist within its boundaries.

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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 percent of the world's population lived in cities. Today the majority of people live in cities. It is expected that by 2050, seventy percent of humans will live in an urban environment. These are unprecedented rates of urbanization. As we grow further removed from necessary natural sources such as water and food there is a false sense of disconnection from nature. That is one of the reasons it is important to incorporate things like wetlands in our urban environment to increase connections to nature. By building wetlands at schools and getting the students involved in every step from design to construction, we foster a connection with nature that will later lead them to vote environmentally friendly or even become amphibian biologists!

Building wetlands at schools is never an easy task. Jesse Chang from the nonprofit City Net reached out to SAVE THE FROGS! and asked us to be a partner in constructing a wetland at Garvey Intermediate School. He has been working hard for about a year, talking to the right people in order to get approvals. Because of his hard work and determination we gained approvals and built a wetland at Garvey Intermediate School on October 7th, 2017.

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Jessie Chang and Kathlyn Osagie at Garvey Intermediate School wetland construction day.

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Kathlyn Osagie giving instructions on how deep to dig the wetland basin

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Over 40 students came out to volunteer on a Saturday to build the wetland. They were enthusiastic to learn how to measure the wetland basin using the construction level and re-flag the site after the bobcat removed a lot of soil. The students helped rake the basin once the bobcat was finished removing soil.

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Kathlyn teaching students how to hold the measuring rod to read elevations. 

 

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Justin (left) is a dedicated SAVE THE FROGS! supporter. He believes in our cause to build wetlands for amphibians. He raised over $1,000 for the Garvey wetland project! We were lucky to have Justin and his family join us on construction day, as well as Eitan (in red). You can support Justin's frog-saving efforts here

"We had a blast building the wetlands."
-- Sheri S.

This is what the Garvey school looked like before construction:
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This is what the Garvey school looked like immediately after construction:
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We look forward to sharing photos of the wetland once the rains come and fill it!

Gilbert Adum Attending University of Cambridge

SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana Executive Director and Co-Founder Gilbert Adum has gained admission to the University of Cambridge to pursue a Masters degree (MPhil) in Conservation Leadership. Cambridge University is one of the world’s top universities and the alma mater of luminaries like John Harvard (founder of Harvard University) and Charles Darwin (father of evolutionary biology). The Masters program is to equip Gilbert with the strategic leadership skills he needs to enable him to realize his long-term objective of making SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana a model and inspiration for conservationists throughout the African continent. The one of a kind program combines university lectures with nonprofit management practices and covers both the theory and practical aspects of conservation. The program also brings together passionate conservation leaders from around the world. This gives Gilbert an excellent opportunity to make contacts with like-minded conservationists and develop lasting collaborations.

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SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana Co-Founder Gilbert Adum speaks in Germany during his 2015 Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship

Read more: Gilbert Adum Attending University of Cambridge

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.

Read more: Building a Wetland at Garvey Intermediate School in Los Angeles County

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

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

Buenos Aires Coastal Cleanup

On September 17th, 2016, SAVE THE FROGS! Buenos Aires took part in the 1st Census and Cleanup of the Costanera Norte Ecological Reserve (RECN) as part of the Ocean Conservancy's International Coastal Cleanup. SAVE THE FROGS! volunteers from the Buenos Aires community helped in the census and helped to clean part of the Rio de la Plata’s estuary coastline and the reserve’s wetland. We thank Grupo de Educación y Conservación Ambiental FCEyN for inviting us. We are really happy for this chance to help the reserve’s environment and all the amphibians that inhabit it! Working together we can improve the world we live in and save the frogs!

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Read more: Buenos Aires Coastal Cleanup

Dr. Kerry Kriger's Presentation At UFMG (Federal University of Minas Gerais)

On April 7th, 2017, SAVE THE FROGS! Founder Dr. Kerry Kriger gave a presentation on amphibian conservation to a group of 50 students and professors at the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG: the Federal University of Minas Gerais), in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Enjoy the presentation below (in Portuguese):

After the presentation, Professor Felipe Leite interviewed Dr. Kriger (in English):

Thank you to Bocaina for creating the videos and thank you to UFMG for hosting the event!

 

 

The 4th Brazilian Symposium of Conservation Biology

Dear All,

We invite you to attend the 4th Brazilian Symposium of Conservation Biology (IV BSCB). The symposium will be headquartered in Belo Horizonte/MG, at the Pampulha Campus of Federal University of Minas Gerais, between December 3rd and 7th, 2017, and it is being organized by Bocaina Biologia da Conservação together with the Graduate School in Ecology Conservation, and Wildlife Management (ECMVS), the Graduate School in Plant Biology (PPGBV) and with the Graduate School in Zoology (PPZOO) of the Federal University of Minas Gerais. Prístino Institute and Biotrópicos Institute are also partners.

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The event will be oriented in four thematic axes: day 1 - Public Policies and Biodiversity Conservation; day 2 - Science and Conservation; day 3 - The role of the Third Sector in Conservation; day 4 - Communication of Conservation Sciences. The program includes one (1) major lecture, 15 (fifteen) presential lectures, five (5) online lectures and three (3) roundtables. Each roundtable will consist of three speakers and one mediator. Minicourses are also being offered, with 7 presential and 1 online. The mini courses are focused on the training of students and professionals in strategic conservation issues and coordinated by the great professionals of the area.

The IV Brazilian Symposium on Conservation Biology (IV BSCB) will be a space to foment the discussion of current issues and the national and international advances achieved in the area of Biodiversity Conservation. In addition, it is hoped to strengthen the ties between the Brazilian scientific community and the various professionals involved in this theme, bringing new forms of documentation and dissemination of the knowledge generated during the event. The slogan "New directions for biodiversity conservation" was chosen to provide a fruitful and wide-ranging discussion on the various components of biodiversity conservation from the perspective of existing challenges and solutions to current environmental issues. The event has as one of the main objectives the practical application of knowledge from the socialization of experiences and expertise related to environmental issues in Brazil. From these central themes, recommendations and/or guidelines will be elaborated for the optimization of biodiversity conservation in the country, which may be used to influence the political, scientific, economic and social decision-making regarding the environment.

Encouraging the scientific dissemination of the works that will be presented at the Symposium will also be one of the priorities and a great innovation of this event. All the works sent to the Symposium will be complemented by short videos, explaining the stages of their research, allowing a wider dissemination of the results through online tools. There will also be competitions of scientific photography and mini-documentaries to stimulate the production of materials that reach different sectors of Brazilian society, contributing to the progress and dissemination of science.

In order to include as many people as possible and the creation of an interaction network for conservation, the Online Pre-Symposium was created, a virtual dialogue space that encourages discussions in a democratic and free way throughout the year, for means of weekly video-lectures and other activities. The following topics are being discussed:

  • THEME 1: Action plans for the conservation of species and ecosystems.
  • THEME 2: Are conservation professionals prepared for conflict management?
  • THEME 3: Research and Management of Water Resources.
  • THEME 4: The different uses of landscapes.
  • THEME 5: Scientific documentation of nature.With this, we would like your support in the disclosure of this event.

The Pre-Symposium Online portal already has more than 1,300 registered people, coming from 342 municipalities in all Brazilian states and 23 countries from 5 continents, which demonstrates the great potential of this innovation for transcend geographic barriers, enabling us to know the Brazilian environmental reality and socialize existing knowledge in a broad and accessible way.

With the IV SBBC, we aim to carry out an integrative event with the use of online tools to promote the socialization of information and the empowerment of society for environmental issues. The result of this integration will be the elaboration of directives applicable to diverse national contexts, optimizing conservation actions in Brazil.

Thank you in advance, and we remain at your disposal for any clarification.

Sincerely,
Organizing Committee of the IV BSCB.

SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana Wins Grant To Save Endangered Frogs from Wildfires

SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana has secured a £10,000 grant (~US$12,000) from the UK-based Rufford Foundation to save endangered frogs from wildfires in Sui Forest, home of the iconic Giant Squeaker Frog (Arthroleptis krokosua). In collaboration with the Ghana National Fire Service, the team will rehabilitate critical frog habitat that has been degraded by fire, and train farmers, hunters, beekeepers and other local forest user groups in fire prevention and suppression measures.

In addition to invasive weeds, farming, logging and mining activities, recurrent wildfires are a major threat to Ghanaian endangered frogs. One of the worst catastrophes was in 2016 when large swathes of the forest were burnt -- including 5,000 native tree seedlings we previously planted to restore critical frog habitat.

Due to the prevalence of the highly flammable non-native plant Chromolaena odorata, large tracks of native vegetation were also destroyed. The fire also directly killed many frogs. Thus, the urgent need for this project to prevent wildfire induced habitat destruction, empower local citizens in protecting their natural resources and save the last remaining individuals of endangered frogs including Giant Squeaker Frog. Less than 30 individual Giant Squeaker frogs are known to be surviving on planet earth. Thank you to the Rufford Foundation and everyone else who has donated to our frog saving efforts!

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SAVE THE FROGS! Gainesville is the USA's most active chapter of SAVE THE FROGS!. Based in Gainesville, Florida our mission is to protect Florida amphibian populations, to educate Florida citizens about amphibians, and to support the broader efforts of SAVE THE FROGS!. You can contact us at gainesville@savethefrogs.com.

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Hola and welcome to the online home of SAVE THE FROGS! Buenos Aires!
The mission of SAVE THE FROGS! Buenos Aires is to the protect amphibian populations of the Buenos Aires region and to promote a society that respects and appreciates nature and wildlife.

You can email us at:
buenosaires@savethefrogs.com

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SAVE THE FROGS! Bangladesh is a nonprofit volunteer organization dedicated to protecting Bangladesh's amphibian populations and to promoting a society that respects and appreciates nature and wildlife. Bangladesh is home to 37 known species of amphibians, many of which are facing extreme threats due to the country’s dense human population. Habitat destruction and harmful pesticides are contributing to the decline of amphibians in Bangladesh. SAVE THE FROGS! Bangladesh is the first Asian branch of USA-based SAVE THE FROGS!, and has been actively raising awareness of amphibian issues in Bangladesh since 2009.

You can easily find this webpage anytime by visiting:
www.savethefrogs.com/bangladesh

"Together we can create a new era of amphibian conservation in Bangladesh."
-- Nurul Islam, Co-Founder of SAVE THE FROGS! Bangladesh

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Brazil is home to the world's greatest biodiversity of amphibians, with at least 1,036 known species. The mission of SAVE THE FROGS! Brazil is to protect Brazil's amphibian populations and to promote a society that respects and appreciates nature and wildlife. Please spread the word about our efforts by asking your friends to visit our website:
www.savethefrogs.com/brazil

Together we can SAVE BRAZIL'S FROGS!

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Welcome to the online home of SAVE THE FROGS! Minas Gerais, Brazil's first chapter of USA-based SAVE THE FROGS!. The mission of SAVE THE FROGS! Minas Gerais is to protect the amphibian populations of Minas Gerais and to promote a society that respects and appreciates nature and wildlife. Founded in April 2017, SAVE THE FROGS! Minas Gerais is based in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, in southeastern Brazil.

A missao do SAVE THE FROGS! Minas Gerais é proteger as populações de anfíbios de Minas Gerais e promover uma sociedade que respeite e aprecie a vida selvagem!

Connect with us online at:
Website: www.savethefrogs.com/minasgerais
Email: minasgerais@savethefrogs.com
Newsletter: Sign Up For The SAVE THE FROGS! Minas Gerais Newsletter Here
Instagram: @savethefrogsmg (www.instagram.com/savethefrogsmg)

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Together we can SAVE MINAS GERAIS' FROGS!

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Join a SAVE THE FROGS! Costa Rica Ecotour

Costa Rica has an incredible array of biodiversity, landscapes and ecosystems. Costa Rica is home to 205 known amphibian species all within a very small geographical area. There are lots of frogs to be found, making Costa Rica a perfect place for a SAVE THE FROGS! Ecotour.

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The strawberry poison dart frog (Oophaga pumilio) is an amazing amphibian that lives in Costa Rica. 

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Are you ready for an experience of a lifetime? Then join a SAVE THE FROGS! Costa Rica Ecotour, and join our group of amphibian enthusiasts as we visit the rainforest, cloud forest, volcanoes, and mangroves. We will have an abundance of opportunities to find and photograph amphibians. Costa Rica has an incredible array of biodiversity, landscapes and ecosystems. Costa Rica is home to 202 known amphibian species, all within a very small geographical area. There are lots of frogs to be found, making Costa Rica a perfect place for a SAVE THE FROGS! Ecotour. Pura Vida!

- Learn about the July 2018 SAVE THE FROGS! Costa Rica Ecotour here.
- Learn about the July 2017 SAVE THE FROGS! Costa Rica Ecotour here.
- View photos from the July 2017 Costa Rica Ecotour here.
- Learn about other SAVE THE FROGS! Ecotours here.

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Join a SAVE THE FROGS! Ecuador Ecotour

Ecuador occupies only 0.2% of the Earth's land surface, but it is home to 579 known amphibian species. In terms of amphibian biodiversity per square kilometer, Ecuador is among the highest in the world -- Ecuador actually has approximately 65 times more amphibian species per square kilometer compared to the USA! This incredible diversity is due to the large variety of ecological niches created by the Andes mountains, which cross the country from north to south, dividing the country into three distinct regions: the Amazon, the Coast and the Andes. At least 257 of Ecuador's amphibian species are found nowhere else on Earth. Ecuador's amphibians are incredible: glass frogs with translucent skin on their belly, allowing you to view their beating hearts; colorful frogs of all kind; and amazing behaviors like poison dart frogs carrying tadpoles on their back. With all this in such a small country, Ecuador is the perfect place to enjoy and learn about the unknown and enigmatic world of amphibians.

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Photo of Hyalinobatrachium valerioi from Mashpi, Ecuador courtesy of Jaime Culebras, who also contributed the text above.

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The SAVE THE FROGS! Ecuador Ecotour

Have you ever wanted to explore the Amazon rainforest, learn from experts about tropical ecology, or experience the beauty of the Andes mountains? How about all three? If so, then you should join the next SAVE THE FROGS! Ecuador Ecotour! Our frog experts are looking forward to introducing you to some of the most spectacular frog habitats on the planet. Please contact us with any questions you may have.

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Visiting AmaZOOnico during the 2016 SAVE THE FROGS! Ecuador Ecotour.

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SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana

Founded in September 2011, SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana is West Africa's first nonprofit organization dedicated exclusively to amphibian conservation, and is the first international branch of USA-based nonprofit SAVE THE FROGS!. The mission of SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana is to protect Ghana's amphibian populations and to promote a society that respects and appreciates nature and wildlife.

Africa is fraught with both social and environmental problems, and Ghana is an excellent location from which to initiate SAVE THE FROGS! programs that we plan to spread far and wide across the African continent. Over 80% of Ghana's original rainforests have been cleared and a third of the country's amphibians are under threat.

With your support, SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana can exponentially grow the number of Ghanaian amphibian biologists; create a new national park in the biodiverse Atewa Hills, which is currently under threat from diamond, gold and bauxite mining; institute programs to replace the frog meat trade and illegal logging with sustainable, environmentally-friendly sources of income; and produce up-to-date field guides and other educational materials that will go to every high school in the country. Plus a whole lot more!

You can contact SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana via:

Email:
ghana@savethefrogs.com

Postal Mail:
SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana
Box KS 15924,
Adum-Kumasi,
Ashanti, GHANA

"The difference between success and failure in saving Ghana's frogs will come down to how much support the outside world provides."
-- SAVE THE FROGS! Founder Dr. Kerry Kriger

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The SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana Expedition

In September 2016, SAVE THE FROGS! will lead an international team of 18 amphibian biologists and frog enthusiasts on the inaugural SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana Expedition. The mission of the expedition is to protect Ghana's amphibian populations, empower the next generation of Ghanaian frog conservationists, and expand the international network of environmentalists interested in protecting West Africa's endangered amphibians and ecosystems.

Please download the 2016 SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana Expedition Summary here.

"From all the information provided in the Expedition Summary, it seems to be a very life-changing experience that would be a shame to miss."
Ashley Alwine, Pensylvania

The SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana Expedition is a collaborative effort organized by SAVE THE FROGS! and SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana.

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SAVE THE FROGS! India is focused on the protection of threatened amphibian species and their habitats throughout India, as well as the environmental education of the next generation of Indians. Since 2009, India has been one of the most active countries in the SAVE THE FROGS! worldwide community. You can easily find this webpage anytime by visiting:
www.savethefrogs.com/india

The President of SAVE THE FROGS! India for the term March 11, 2018 through March 11, 2019 is Dr. Krishan Kumar Sharma. Please direct any questions related to our Indian amphibian conservation efforts to:
india@savethefrogs.com

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Young SAVE THE FROGS! supporters at the Rahara Nibedita Art Centre in Kolkata, 2018

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