City of Santa Cruz bans American Bullfrogs!
Dear SAVE THE FROGS! Supporter,
At the request of myself and SAVE THE FROGS! Advisory Committee Member Chris Berry, the City of Santa Cruz voted unanimously yesterday to ban the sale, release, importation and possession of American Bullfrogs. This makes Santa Cruz the first city in the country to take such a step, and sets an important precedent for other localities to follow. The non-native bullfrogs spread chytrid fungus and prey on native wildlife, and California is currently importing several million of the bullfrogs into the state each year.
This is the first piece of legislation SAVE THE FROGS! has gotten passed. On February 28, 2012 the County of Santa Cruz will vote on similar legislation and we are currently petitioning the Governor Jerry Brown to make statewide bullfrog legislation. Our ultimate goal implement similar bans in all the western states to which they are non-native; this is one of the simplest steps legislators can take to benefit their local environments.
Thanks to SAVE THE FROGS! Advisory Committee Member Chris Berry for making this happen. Chris, Michael Starkey, Miles Young, Eric Mills and I all spoke at yesterday's hearing. We were pleasantly surprised that on top of approving the ordinance, the City Council members offered to also send a letter to Governor Jerry Brown asking him to take action on this issue as well!
SAVE THE FROGS! at US Fish & Wildlife Service Headquarters
Thanks to the US Fish & Wildlife Service for hosting my January 10th presentation on amphibian conservation at their Arlington, VA headquarters. Twenty USFWS employees attended and I discussed the role of the USFWS in reducing the spread of chytrid fungus and the over-harvesting of wild-caught amphibians; and ways the USFWS can help promote amphibian conservation at its 527 wildlife refuges. It is great to have the opportunity to spread the amphibian conservation message to people who have the power -- and obligation -- to protect amphibians.
"Hi Kerry, I have gotten rave comments about your presentation to us on Tuesday! It was an excellent turnout. We had several people from our contaminants program, our National Coordinator for Aquatic Animal Health, plus endangered species, refuges, and many people from our Fisheries and Habitat Conservation program. We had a division chief and a college student in a career program, and your range of information from basic to technical addressed everyone's interests. Afterwards, the one-on-one discussions were great. Thank you so much for taking your time to speak to our staff!"
-- Susan Jewell, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Injurious Wildlife Listing Coordinator; Fisheries and Habitat Conservation
Photo of Bufo valliceps from Belize, by Michael Starkey
1,601 SAVE THE FROGS! supporters speak up on behalf of Lake Erie's Fowler's Toads!
Thanks to the 1,601 SAVE THE FROGS! supporters who emailed the Ontario government to ask them to deny permits for the construction of a 12-story condo building on top of Fowler's Toad habitat. We'll keep you posted as this campaign progresses.
"Hello Dr. Kriger, I want to thank you very much for the effort you put forth in raising awareness for the land development in Fowler's Toad habitat. Your letter was exceptionally well written and the news of the response from SAVE THE FROGS members is incredibly encouraging. Much success for the year 2012, with the utmost sincerity."
- Patrick Moldowan, University of Guelph (who informed us of this threat to Lake Erie's toads)
Saving frogs on the Dr. Future Radio Show
SAVE THE FROGS! Advisory Chairman Michael Starkey and I were pleased to be featured on the Dr. Future Radio Show December 20th. Hear us talk about how we got interested in savng frogs. I also discuss frog intelligence in relation to human intelligence!
SAVE THE FROGS! Flags
SAVE THE FROGS! flags are a great way to spread the word...especially if you are traveling or have a frog event coming up (such as a Save The Frogs Day event!). Order yourself one at:
South Carolina Kids. Photo by SAVE THE FROGS! Advisory Committee Member George Sellers.
SAVE THE FROGS! Advisory Committee Member Chairman Michael Starkey and friend atop Xunantunich, Belize. Learn all about Belize's amphibians at http://savethefrogs.com/belize
Save The Frogs Day Event Registration Page is live!
No matter how big or small your Save The Frogs Day event will be, it's super important that you register your event. This enables us to keep track of how many events are taking place, and helps us keep you posted with event organizing tips, and even free frog stuff for your event!
Thanks for your support!
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Dr. Kerry Kriger
Save The Frogs
Founder, Executive Director & Ecologist