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San Francisco Caught In The Act Of Destroying Wetlands

The City of San Francisco is now dredging the Sharp Park Wetlands, home of two endangered species, the California Red-Legged Frog and the San Francisco Garter Snake.

I just received this letter from an observer:
"Hi Kerry, At the Sharp Park golf course they have started dredging the connecting channel between Laguna Salada and Horse Stable Pond. We are concerned about the biological monitoring methods as described in my email below. It's hard to imagine that frogs in the mud could be seen or removed from the dredge bucket. "

August 19th, 2015:
They are moving very quickly. Today they were dredging the connecting channel and raking the remains of the tule and cattail that had been cut down last week. One of the kids was using a machete on anything still standing.

 

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Help stop the salamander chytrid fungus

Help raise awareness about the new salamander chytrid fungus that threatens our nation's salamander biodiversity:

Jonathan Kolby started a citizen science project yesterday on iNaturalist. He is encouraging people to keep their eyes open for dead salamanders, and if they find one, to take a photo and upload it here in order to help rapid detection if/when this nasty pathogen invades the USA. Get all the details right here.



Also see http://www.savethefrogs.com/threats/chytrid/actions.html to learn how SAVE THE FROGS! is fighting the spread of chytrid fungus.



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SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana Announces New Social Media Pages

SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana is pleased to announce our new social media pages on Twitter, @GhanaFrogs and Facebook SAVE THE FROGS Ghana Official. The new pages offer better platforms for the advertisement of upcoming events and updating our members on ongoing projects. This is to make it even easier for followers and non-followers alike to access the organization on multiple platforms whiles finding updates. These pages will also make it possible for us to monitor the impact factor of our posts; the number of views and likes received by looking at the analyzer bar on Facebook and hoot suit application on Twitter.
You are welcome to ask your questions about amphibians, the organization, staff, projects, e.t.c using any of these platforms and we will make sure to response to them swiftly. We will also have special chat segments on these platforms where a specific topic will be raised for discussion.
We hope you enjoy the new sites, and please feel free to let us know what you think!


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Millions of people see these: help make them incredible

Millions of people around the world see and use the frog photographs that we post on www.savethefrogs.com. These images go on large airport posters, merchandise, info cards, printed educational materials, in magazines and in our print and digital marketing. Unfortunately, almost all of SAVE THE FROGS! photographs have been taken on small handheld cameras rather than on professional equipment. Even worse is that SAVE THE FROGS! staff currently only has the cameras on our smartphones. That means that our photos are far less quality than they could be, and many times when we encounter a rare or endangered frog, we are not even able to get a decent photograph due to the inability to focus or adjust our camera's flash.

With the assistance of expert photographers, we have identified a DSLR camera, a macro lens, an LED ring light, and quality memory cards that will enable us to take National Geographic quality images of the amazing frogs we encounter. Never again will we fail to get an excellent photographs of the rare and endangered frogs we encounter. But we need your help to purchase this equipment.

Please donate today and help SAVE THE FROGS! raise $1,977 to purchase professional camera equipment:
http://camera.causevox.com


The quality of our frog images can mean the difference between our images going viral or going nowhere. The difference between a foundation giving us a large grant or our projects going unfunded. The difference between someone buying our merchandise or not even noticing it. You get the point: our frog photographs are extremely important!

Please contribute today and help us purchase the $1,977 worth of equipment we need to take our amphibious photographs to a world-class level. All donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. We will send a complimentary copy of the July 2015 SAVE THE FROGS! Magazine to anybody who donates $10 or higher and posts in the comment section below that they donated. Thank you!

Donate today at:
http://camera.causevox.com

If you donate $20 or higher we will send you The Little Book of Frog poetry, Volume 1 and a SAVE THE FROGS! sticker. As we need this camera before we go to Belize to lead our SAVE THE FROGS! Belize Ecotour, this fundraiser will end at 11:59pm on Friday June 26th, so please contribute today.
Thank you!

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SAVE THE FROGS! Magazine is looking for high-quality photographs

PHOTOGRAPHERS! SAVE THE FROGS! is looking to feature a few superb, high-quality photographs of amphibians in our upcoming issue of SAVE THE FROGS! Magazine. Please send high-res photos to: magazine@savethefrogs.com and your photo might be featured and seen by over 3,000 people across the U.S.
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ANNOUNCING SAVE THE FROGS! GHANA’S 2015 INTERN

SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana is pleased to announce Asamoah Francis Boafo as its 2015 intern. Francis during this 3 months internship will be trained in amphibian conservation and research and in proposal writing. In addition, he is to promote SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana on several social media platforms. With his experience in blogging, events promotion and advertisement, Francis will disseminate and update information about our conservation efforts; promote our events on SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana’s social media pages including Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. He will also help set us up on other social media platforms including Instagram, LinkedIn, Google+, e.t.c to increase our presence online and reach more people with our amphibian conservation message. Thus, he will frequently post new blogs and update old ones on these platforms. He will also collate the number of clicks, retweets, likes, website views, and contacts gained to monitor the impact factor of our posts. In addition to managing these media platforms, he will also be actively involved in all major amphibian conservation and research projects ongoing throughout the country including: Road Mortality Mitigation Measures for Amphibians in the Ankasa Conservation Area, KNUST Wewe River Amphibian Project (K-WRAP) , Restoration of the Giant Squeaker Frog’s Habitat, and Creating the Atewa Hills National Park.  He will also take advantage of  these field trainings to develop a BSc project proposal and subsequently, collect data for his thesis.

Francis’ selection was based on his extraordinary interest and dedication towards amphibian research and conservation as shown in the countless number of times he volunteered for SAVE THE FROGS! KNUST, the world's first official student chapter of SAVE THE FROGS! He has been exceptionally useful in the design of many of SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana’s flyers and banners including those used during The Giant Squeaker Frog Conservation Leadership Training and KNUST Amphibian Field Ecology Training. These software skills he developed whilst volunteering for other student organisations including A Rocha KNUST and Young At Heart Ghana. Francis is currently a third year student at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Ghana’s premier science institution, where he is pursuing Natural Resource Management, with an option in Wildlife and Range Management. He is also the president elect of SAVE THE FROGS! KNUST. Francis is also a social media events promoter for various advertising groups in Ghana including: Watsuptek, Iselmedia, and HypeOracle.

SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana is delighted to have Francis on board to help us spread our amphibian conservation message.

 

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Atewa; Campaigning to Save the Togo Slippery Frog and the Atewa Range Forest Reserve

On 29th May 2015, members of the SAVE THE FROGS! UCAES Chapter will organise a mega Save The Frogs Day, the world’s largest day of amphibian education and conservation action, within the home of the Togo Slippery Frog (Conraua derooi), the Atewa Range Forest Reserve. Celebrating under the theme; “Saving the Iconic Togo Slippery Frog from Extinction, the Role of Local People,” the day is expected to bring together over 200 local people. Events lined up for the day include a street parade, drumming and dancing for frogs and a ‘froggy’ quiz competition between 4 local schools. The quiz competition will focus on the unique ecological value of the Atewa Range Forest Reserve, threats to local frogs especially the Togo Slippery Frog, why the need to protect frogs and their habitats and how to protect them. These interactive events are all geared towards raising awareness about the plight of local frogs especially the Togo Slippery Frog as well as empowering local people to prevent the destruction of their habitats.
The Atewa Range Forest Reserve is Ghana's most biodiverse yet most threatened wilderness area. It is home to the critically endangered Togo Slippery Frog, a close relative of the world's largest frog, the Goliath Frog (Conraua goliath). There are widespread illegal mining and logging activities funded by both local and foreign individuals which are unfortunately destroying critical habitats of the frog and other natural resources including water bodies which supply over 5 million Ghanaians with drinking water. In recent years, SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana together with other local non-profit conservation organisations have been spearheading campaigns to get the Government of Ghana to upgrade the status of the Atewa Range Forest Reserve from a reserve to a national park for its permanent protection. This year’s Save The Frogs Day, is to get local people involved in the fight against the destruction of this unique forest.
Thanks to SAVE THE FROGS! USA and our global donors for supporting this campaign!


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Petition for Emergency Moratorium on Imports of Salamanders

On May 14th 2015, SAVE THE FROGS! along with the Center for Biological Diversity petitioned the US Fish & Wildlife Service for an emergency moratorium on the importation of salamanders into the USA unless they are certified free of the deadly chytrid fungus Batrachochytrium salamandivorans.

- Read and download the 2015 petition to USFWS here.
- Read the New York Times article about the petition here.
- Read the Center for Biological Diversity press release here.

In 2010, SAVE THE FROGS! sent this letter to the USFWS urging them to ban the importation of all amphibians into the USA unless certified free of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis.

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Stop Cruel Frog Killing Contests!

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ACTION ALERT: For the past two years, the DeKalb County Young Farmers and Ranchers Youth Club have hosted “Giggin' for Grads” in Smithville, Tennessee that involved stabbing frogs to death in order to raise money for an agricultural scholarship. This summer they plan to hold this cruel event unless we change their minds! Please sign the petition and spread the word: https://change.org/p/stop-tennessee-group-from-stabbing-frogs

For more information, please visit stopfrogabuse.com and thank you to Global Conservation Group and Nashville Animal Advocacy for leading the way on this important campaign!
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Restoring Degraded Habitats for Amphibians in Southern Ghana

On 9th May 2015, SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana KNUST Chapter, the world’s first student chapter of SAVE THE FROGS!, will embark on habitat restoration exercises on campus at the Wewe River in celebration of Save The Frogs Day, the world's largest day of amphibian education and conservation action. Involving +100 students from different Faculties, they will remove invasive alien weeds and plant 500 seedlings of fast growing native trees within 2-ha of this wetland to protect amphibians and other biodiversity.
Prior to this habitat restoration activity, students conducted surveys to get a complete checklist of local amphibians and also establish permanent monitoring sites of critical amphibian habitats including breeding sites, and areas with the highest population abundance and threatened species. Student members also made announcements of the habitat restoration on faculty and department billboards, pasting flyers and posters to invite the general student body.

These activities are part of an ongoing project dubbed “The KNUST Wewe River Amphibian Project, K-WRAP” which seeks to (1) restore degraded habitats and establish vegetation corridors along the section of the Wewe River (2) establish a long-term programme to monitor species’ population status, and (3) launch an education programme to increase environmental awareness for the amphibians’ long-term protection.
The Wewe River forms part of wetlands and a remnant upland forest, which altogether provide critical habitats for at least 12 amphibian species. Unfortunately, the combination of widespread activities such as waste disposal, illegal farming and tree collection are degrading the habitat of the river’s amphibian species, causing them to suffer significant population declines. Carrying out these activities in Ghana’s premier Science University therefore, is an opportunity to educate and build the capacity of the next generation in amphibian conservation.

 

Thanks to the Rufford Foundation for being the major sponsor of this programme.

 

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