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!

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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.

Organizing Committee of the IV BSCB.

Introducing Students To The Amphibians Of Lapinha Da Serra

Com a crescente perda populacional de anfíbios, torna-se necessário iniciativas que busquem amenizar os impactos causados a esse grupo de vertebrados. A educação ambiental é uma ótima ferramenta para tal. A ONG SAVE THE FROGS! criada em 2008 pelo Dr. Kerry Kriger, no estado da Califórnia, tem como objetivo proteger populações de anfíbios e promover uma sociedade que respeite e valorize a natureza e a vida selvagem. Em 2017, foi instituída a SAVE THE FROGS! Minas Gerais, presidida pelo biólogo Cleiton Caetano, que conta com ajuda de da vice-presidente Ana Frois, Secretário Davi Oliveira, coordenadora de comunicações Camille Aleixo, tesoureira Paula Araujo, que tem mesmo objetivo, porém com foco em Minas Gerais Brasil. Nos dias 22 e 23 de maio, a SAVE THE FROGS! Minas Gerais, desenvolveu um projeto juntamente com uma escola de Belo Horizonte, denominada Escola da Serra, que está localizada na Rua do Ouro, n. 1900, Bairro Serra. Uma escola que foge dos métodos de ensinos tradicionais, esta adota uma metodologia no qual o estudante tem a liberdade em aprender da forma que for mais fácil para ele, tornando-os pessoas mais críticas e com espírito investigativo.

With the increasing decline in amphibian populations, initiatives are needed that mitigate the impacts caused to these vertebrates, and environmental education is a great tool for this. SAVE THE FROGS! was created in 2008 by Dr. Kerry Kriger, in the state of California. It aims to protect amphibians’ population and to build up a society that respects and appreciate nature and wildlife. In 2017 we established SAVE THE FROGS! Minas Gerais, presided over by the biologist Cleiton Caetano, and supported by the Vice-President Ana Frois, the secretary Davi Oliveira, the communications coordinator Camille Aleixo, and the treasurer Paula Araujo. With the same goal, but focused on Minas Gerais, Brazil, SAVE THE FROGS! Minas Gerais conducted a project along with a school in Belo Horizonte (Escola da Serra) on May 22nd/23rd, 2017. This school does not apply traditional teaching methods, and adopts a methodology in which the students have the freedom to decide the easiest way to learn for them, giving them a more critical investigative view.

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Diretores da SAVE THE FROGS! Minas Gerais
Directors of SAVE THE FROGS! Minas Gerais

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Save The Frogs Day 2017 at the PUC Minas Museum of Natural Sciences

On April 29th, 2017, at the Museum of Natural Sciences, we organized a herpetology workshop in support to the project SAVE THE FROGS!. At this workshop, we highlighted the importance of the preservation of this group, considering that it is the most threatened for extinction among vertebrate animals. We demystified several popular myths related to these animals. Many people are unfortunately repulsed by these animals, and this workshop stimulated both the knowledge about amphibians and the respect that we must build, given the ecological importance of these animals.

No dia 29 de abril, no Museu de Ciências Naturais da PUC Minas, realizamos uma oficina de herpetologia em apoio ao projeto SAVE THE FROGS!. Nessa oficina, destacamos a importância da preservação desse grupo, tendo em vista que é o mais ameaçado de extinção dentre os vertebrados, além da desmistificação de diversos mitos populares relacionados á esses animais. É perceptível que diversas pessoas possuem repulsa desses animas, e a realização da oficina estimula tanto o conhecimento sobre os mesmos quanto ao respeito que todos devemos construir, tendo em vista a importância ecológica desses animais.

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Luiz Paulino and Jordane Andrade educated museum visitors about amphibians on the 9th Annual Save The Frogs Day.

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Frogging Santuário do Caraça

About a hundred kilometers east of Belo Horizonte (the capital of Minas Gerais, Brazil) is Santuário do Caraça, an 11,233 hectare reserve in the Serra do Espinhaço, the longest mountain range in Brazil. The reserve contains large tracts of Mata Atlântica (Atlantic Rainforest), as well as Cerrado (a drier ecosystem common to inland Brazil south of the Amazon rainforest). In April 2017 I spent three days exploring the reserve. My first night I began my search for frogs at the pond near the main lodging area. It was a cool night and the rainy season had recently ended, so there was only one frog calling. Fortunately I was able to make eye contact with a bright yellow frog (Ololygon luizotavioi) perched high on a leaf.

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A beautiful Ololygon luizotavioi

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Amphibian Education in Belo Horizonte at the Maple Bear Canadian School

This is the third in a series of articles about SAVE THE FROGS! Founder Dr. Kerry Kriger's 2017 visit to Brazil. You can read about Dr. Kriger's amphibious omen here and read about Dr. Kriger's first presentation in Portuguese here.

SAVE THE FROGS! Founder Dr. Kerry Kriger visited the Maple Bear Canadian School in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil, on March 30th, 2017 to teach amphibian ecology and conservation to 1st and 6th graders. Dr. Kriger discussed amphibian natural history, adaptations, threats to frogs and ways to improve one's ecological footprint. The Maple Bear Canadian School is a private school where half of the classes take place in English and half in Portuguese. All of the students -- including the six-year olds -- were bilingual.

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SAVE THE FROGS! arrives in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil

This is the second in a series of posts from Dr. Kriger's 2017 visit to Brazil. Read about Dr. Kriger's first night in Brazil here.

Minas Gerais, Brazil, is one of the world's amphibian hotspots. The state is home over 200 amphibian species and a variety of ecosystems, including the Atlantic Rainforest and the Cerrado. On March 27th, 2017, SAVE THE FROGS! Founder Dr. Kerry Kriger visited PUC Minas Museum of Natural Sciences in Belo Horizonte (the capital of Minas Gerais) to spread the amphibian conservation message at one of the top universities in the country. Dr. Kriger gave an hour long presentation in Portuguese - his first ever Portuguese presentation - to over 100 undergraduate and graduate students, discussing why frogs are disappearing worldwide and what can be done to save them. The students were extremely enthusiastic about SAVE THE FROGS! and have already begun planning future SAVE THE FROGS! activities in Minas Gerais.

“Hey Kerry! Thank you again for the wonderful presentation! I really hope to get to participate and volunteer with SAVE THE FROGS!. Hope I get to know a lot more about the organization and can be a big help!! :) “
-- Camille Hoffmaster, Biologist, PUC Minas

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SAVE THE FROGS! Founder Dr. Kerry Kriger with the next generation of Brazilian conservationists at PUC Minas in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil.

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