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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Action Alert: Protect Amphibians From Off-Highway Vehicles

Help save Tesla Park’s endangered amphibians from off-highway vehicle destruction!

We need your help today to stop the State of California from turning 3,100 acres of critical amphibian habitat at Tesla Park into a publicly funded off-highway vehicle park! Three-wheelers and dirt bikes have no place in one of the state’s most biologically rich areas, but the Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division (OHMVR) of California State Parks is planning to expand the Carnegie State Vehicular Recreation Area into nearby Tesla Park, which contains some of the state's most important amphibian habitat. Please submit your comment through the easy to use form we created at: http://savethefrogs.com/tesla

Tesla Park is home to our official state amphibian the California Red-legged Frog (Rana draytonii); California Tiger Salamanders (Ambystoma californiense), Foothill Yellow-legged frogs (Rana boylii); Spadefoot toads (Spea hammondii), as well as more common species like California Newts (Taricha torosa) and Pacific Chorus Frogs (Pseudacris regilla). The OHMVR wants to let intensive OHV use destroy the upland habitats of these frogs and salamanders. Please make your voice heard and help protect Tesla Park's amazing amphibians!


California Red-legged Frog, Rana draytonii, photo by Joshua Asel

Save The Frogs Day 2017 at the Sylvan Heights Bird Park

Sylvan Heights Bird Park in North Carolina hosted a Save The Frogs Day celebration on April 29, 2017. Visitors to the park were able to experience wetland and frog connection activities, along with informational displays about Save The Frogs Day, how to help amphibians and ACTUAL frog and toad species from the surrounding wetland/pond areas. All visitors had multiple learning opportunities which provided insight into the plight of amphibians and helped develop an awareness of frogs and frog conservation in the United State and around the world!

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Save The Frogs Day at the Cliffs of the Neuse State Park

"We had a wonderful "Save the Frogs Day" event at Cliffs of the Neuse State Park! We had record attendance - over 50 participants! There was a presentation, than on to active frog learning games outside with a hike to the pond for viewing. In the following week, we held an art contest with State Park prizes such as camping and boating! Our local newspaper placed the event in several editions of the paper and Save the Frogs Day made the front page of today's paper as well. I enjoy being part of the Save the Frogs community and look forward to assisting in the future as opportunities become available!" - Save The Frogs Day organizer Autumn K

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Save The Frogs Day at Sylvan Heights Bird Park

In North Carolina, the Sylvan Heights Bird Park hosted two frog focused events in April culminating with a Save The Frog Day celebration April 30, 2016. There were interactive games, activities and informational displays creating fun and enjoyable learning experiences while raising awareness of the challenges faced by amphibians around the world. Many participants were unaware of the amphibian population decline but our goal to help educate the public about frogs and frog conservation was successful as over 600 people attended these events.
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Join the SAVE THE FROGS! Camp Out in Florida: April 2017

We are pleased to announce the inaugural SAVE THE FROGS! Camp Out, which will take place at the Ashton Biological Preserve in northern Florida from April 14th to 16th, 2017! Florida has an incredible array of biodiversity, landscapes and ecosystems, and is home to about 57 known amphibian species, making it a perfect place to hold the inaugural SAVE THE FROGS! Camp Out. We will have an abundance of opportunities to find and photograph amphibians as we explore beautiful palm savannas, wetlands and pine forests. We hope you can camp out with us! Please sign up or send an email to trip leader Michael Starkey at starkey@savethefrogs.com if you are interested in joining SAVE THE FROGS! in Florida.

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Save The Frogs Day at Bay Elementary School

Students Saved The Frogs at Bay Elementary School in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida!
"Our school has an area that floods due to heavy rains. There was a drain but it is no longer functional. The area that is currently flooded is 200 feet by 30 feet and 2 feet deep. There are massive schools of tadpoles within this temporary pond. In places, two feet deep by 10' x 2' with thousands and thousands of tadpoles. The water is receding at a rate that will have the area dried up by next week. I sent out a school wide email to "Save the Frogs" at our school. Students netted the tadpoles and put them in 5-gallon pails to move to a nearby pond. It has turned out to be a great teaching moment to introduce vocabulary to the students like; -schools, spawning, life cycle, water cycle, stages of metamorphosis and habitat'." - Bay Elementary School Teacher and Save The Frogs Day Event Orangizer

What a great way to Save The Frogs!

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Save The Frogs Day at Zoo Miami

"The docents and Conservation Teen Scientists of Zoo Miami hosted a SAVE THE FROGS! booth at the Party for the Planet Earth Day event at the Zoo. We had all kinds of informational posters, quizzes and interactive games. We put an iPod with frog sounds inside the toad abode so we had froggie music all day long. A very popular draw to our tables is "frog food" and the tadpoles. We did temporary frog tattoos (for donations) - we didn't really raise much money this weekend but we certainly got to raise a lot of awareness. A fun game is our magnetic letter Amphibian Anagram word scramble and a fun activity is our Frog Jump. Everyone loves our little frog and tadpole sock puppets and we enjoy teaching kids to love and appreciate frogs early on. We laminated and cut out frogs to trace and color on a table covered with white paper and we also had a box full of assorted frog coloring pages. We had a great event and plan on doing it again next year!! Thanks for all you are doing to help SAVE THE FROGS!"
-- Holly Draluck, Docent, Zoo Miami

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Save The Frogs Day at Ashton Biological Preserve

You're invited to join SAVE THE FROGS Gainesville as we host Save The Frogs Day, which will take place at the Ashton Biological Preserve in northern Florida on April 29th, 2017!
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Florida has an incredible array of biodiversity, landscapes and ecosystems, and is home to about 57 known amphibian species, making it a perfect place to hold a Save The Frogs Day event. We will have an abundance of opportunities to find and photograph amphibians as we explore beautiful palm savannas, wetlands and pine forests. We hope you will join us and celebrate amphibians on this amazing day!

What is Save The Frogs Day?
Conceived and coordinated by SAVE THE FROGS!, Save The Frogs Day is the world's largest day of amphibian education and conservation action.

Save The Frogs Day at Ashton Biological Preserve is an opportunity for you to meet with other local frog-lovers! You will learn about amphibian ecology, observe native amphibian species and become inspired to save the frogs! At the end of the event, we will take a short field trip to see frogs in their native habitat. Thank you for joining us!

Why Ashton Biological Preserve?
It's a great place to find frogs! The Preserve’s low areas contain wetlands and sinkholes, and a variety of springs are found in the region due to the presence of the Floridian aquifer running beneath the Brooksville Ridge. Ashton Biological Preserve has permanent and ephemeral water sources on property and is home to breeding populations of gopher frogs (Lithobates capito), Eastern narrowmouth toads (Gastrophryne carolinensis), and pinewoods treefrogs (Hyla femoralis), as well as many other amphibian species.

What should I bring to Save The Frogs Day?
Some snacks and drinks will be provided but we urge everyone to bring a dish as this is a potluck event. Yum!

What should I wear on Save The Frogs Day?
Long-sleeved shirts and trousers are best as it may be a little buggy. Please wear close-toed shoes.

Sorry, this event is 18+
Due to the location of the preserve and for liabilty reasons, we unfortunately can't welcome children to the event. We are so sorry!

How do I get to the Preserve?
Ashton Biological Preserve is about 20 miles outside of Gainesville, FL. The road to Ashton from the main highway is dirt, so it takes about 45 minutes to reach the Preserve. It is advisable to use a vehicle with high-clearance, but if you get stuck... we will pull you out! Also, help the envrionment and carpool with a few friends!

Event: Save The Frogs Day at Ashton Biological Preserve
Address: Ashton Biological Preserve, Archer, FL 32618
Date: April 29th, 2017
Time: 6-9pm

Please spread the word! Thank you for joining us and see you soon on Save The Frogs Day at Ashton Biological Preserve!

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Gopher frog (Lithobates capito), photo by Ashton Biological Preserve

Introducing SAVE THE FROGS! Gainesville

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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SAVE THE FROGS! Gainesville processing and judging the 2016 SAVE THE FROGS! Art Contest

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SAVE THE FROGS! Gainesville tabling at the Florida Natural History Museum.

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SAVE THE FROGS! Gainesville: Dedicated to protecting Florida's amphibians!

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.

Read more: Building Wetlands in Elgin, Arizona

Save The Frogs Day in Roswell

"The Goddard School and G3 Save The Frogs Chapter had a TOADally awesome time at our first annual Save The Frogs Day event. We had 86 people in attendance, and our G3 Chapter raised $600 for the Save The Frogs organization! ? We had a color run, worked on our schools outdoor classroom, built a frog pond and flower/veggie garden, and talked with people about Save the Frogs and how they can help! We are so glad we were apart of this and can not wait until next years event." - Goddard School Teacher and Save The Frogs Day Event Organizer

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Save The Frogs Day with the University of Michigan Herpetology Club

"The University of Michigan Herpetology Club put on its third annual Save the Frogs Day celebration this year. On Thursday 4/28, we tabled in the School of Natural Resources and Environment along with Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation (which has lots of herp-related monitoring programs). We sold frog-themed baked goods to raise funds for Save the Frogs.

On Sunday 5/1, we hosted an event in the UM Museum of Natural History, where we had lots of games, crafts, and activities for visitors of all ages. The kids really enjoyed our hands-on frog pond, which included a frog life cycle model. The pond was also filled with large tapioca pearls to simulate amphibian eggs. The kids who visited our table loved to touch the squishy "eggs." We talked to participants about the differences between shelled eggs (like bird eggs) and unshelled eggs, and how the delicate amphibian lifecycle contributes to their sensitivity." - University of Michigan Herpetology Club

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Save The Frogs Day at Maui Earth Day Fest

Save The Frogs Day was celebrated at Maui Earth Day Fest! There was a booth with tons of swag and activities for kids. Event organizers educated the public about local invasive frogs, did frog crafts with the students, gathered emails and signatures, as well as had frog story time. What a great way to celebrate Save The Frogs Day!

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Save The Frogs Day at the Greenville Zoo

Saturday, April 30, 2016 was a beautiful day in Greenville, South Carolina! Over 2,500 visitors attended the Greenville Zoo Save the Frogs/Princess & Pirate/Clemson University DNA Day! Reedy Ribbit even made a guest appearance! There was a brunch, princesses and pirates roamed the grounds, crafts, games, fundraising, and information at the FrogWatch and Save The Frogs Day tents, AND, DNA extraction from strawberries at the Clemson University Life Sciences booth! Fun was had by all, and many now understand how scientists are helping frogs by testing for the presence of the chytrid fungus.

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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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