Upcoming 7th Annual Save The Frogs Day Celebration in Northern Ghana

On 24th April 2015, SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana (hereafter STF! Ghana) will be celebrating this year’s Save The Frogs Day, the world's largest day of amphibian education and conservation action in Northern Ghana’s Chiana. Campaigning within this locality on the theme “Frogs on Roads (FOOR),” we will raise public awareness about widespread frog deaths caused by road users. Activities have therefore, been planned to raise awareness and educate the public on preventive measures to reduce amphibian roadkills. Preceding the day will be a 30 minutes discussion on Nabiina Radio, the district FM station which broadcasts to +2,000 local people, about the plight of frogs to roadkills and what can be done to reduce it. There will be a phone-in section where staff of STF! Ghana will get interactive with the public. Through this broadcast, we will also invite people to the major events planned for Save The Frogs Day including, “Racing for Frogs,” a 11km bicycle racing competition and a street parade with local people holding placards to raise awareness about the indiscriminate killing of frogs by road users. Some inscriptions on the placards will read “IF YOU CAN’T SEE WHAT IS ON THE ROAD, SLOWDOWN”; “WATCH OUT FOR ME ON RAINY DAYS”; “DON’T RUN ME OVER WHEN YOU SEE ME ON THE ROAD”; “RESCUE ME WHEN I GET TRAPPED ON THE ROAD”; “I LOVE PUDDLES BUT NOT WHEN THEY ARE ON THE ROAD,” “PATCH THAT POTHOLE BEFORE I CONFUSE IT FOR MY HABITAT” e.t.c.
We will also visit our vibrant SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana football team, to retool it with sports and educational materials. A courtesy call will be paid to the paramount chief and the elders of the traditional area to thank them for their support for STF! Ghana and also inform them of planned projects for the community. The day will finally be crowned with a speech and the presentation of awards to race winners by the Associate Executive Director of STF! Ghana, Sandra Owusu-Gyamfi.
This campaign is necessary as many roads in Ghana are plagued with puddles and potholes which amphibians frequently use as temporary habitats, increasing their risk to roadkills. In addition, many die on the roads during their natal migration to breeding sites. Unfortunately, the general lack of awareness among Ghanaians to this development make amphibians even more vulnerable to roadkill.

 

Thanks to The Rufford Foundation and SAVE THE FROGS! for supporting this day!!

 

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Spread Awareness - SAVE THE FROGS!

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Want to look fabulous and help SAVE THE FROGS!? Then get yourself one of these slick tees! FLOAT - For Love Of All Things -​ is a new breed of company promoting socially, environmentally and globally conscious consumerism. They create awareness and funding for the world’s best non-profits by conducting limited edition apparel campaigns and contributing $8 from every sale to the current weeks cause. For the week of Save The Frogs Day, FLOAT has chosen to SAVE THE FROGS! These shirts will only be offered for one week, so hop to it at: www.float.org

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Amphibian Love: a beautiful new book highlighting amphibians

San Jose artist Leah Jay has created a beautiful book called “Amphibian Love”, filled with dazzling nature art to help endangered animals. Amphibians are vital to the earth’s ecosystems, and their loss is an indicator of the worldwide trend in decreasing biodiversity - the “Sixth Extinction”.

The hardbound book features detailed watercolor and chalk pastel illustrations of various species of amphibians, including frogs, toads, salamanders, and newts. The rhyming text within the illustrations makes each piece to be both attractive and educational. This book will be a great resource for young readers to interest them in these fascinating animals and makes an excellent addition to anybody’s coffee table!

Half of the profits from the sale of this book will be donated to SAVE THE FROGS!, so please go order your copy today! 

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The Amphibian Love book campaign page is active through the month of April, with a book pre-order option of $35, and other art-based incentives including the original paintings. The April campaign coincides with Earth Day, 4/22, and International Save the Frogs Day, 4/25.

Learn more about Amphibian Love at:
http://www.leahjayart.com/amphibianlove/

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About Leah Jay: A lifelong artist, nature lover, and San Jose resident, Leah has spent 15 years perfecting her mixed watercolor and pastel illustration technique. She teaches art and shows her work locally. http://www.leahjayart.com/about/
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Endangered Frogs Coloring Book


The Endangered Frogs Coloring Book by Jay Marchand is now available! A third of the profits from sales of this brand new book will be donated to 'Save The Frogs!', so please go order your copy!

From Lake Titicaca in the Andes Mountains of South America to the tree mini-pools of Sao Tome off the west coast of Africa, frogs all over the world are under threat of extinction. As you colour you will discover interesting facts about these beautiful and fascinating animals. You will also learn what factors are contributing to the decline of our most endangered amphibian species and what you can do to help them.

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THE GIANT SQUEAKER FROG CONSERVATION LEADERSHIP TRAINING IS HERE!

SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana is delighted to announce our upcoming Amphibian Conservation Leadership Programme on 26th March, 2015 at the University College of Agriculture and Environmental Studies (UCAES). The major highlight for the day is on the theme: “The Giant Squeaker Frog Leadership Training.” The purpose of this training is to build the capacity of SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana’s members and other ecologists to ensure the long term protection of Ghana’s critically endangered Giant Squeaker Frog (Arthrlopetis krokosua). To date, only 13 individuals of the Giant Squeaker Frog are known to be surviving in Western Ghana’s Sui River Forest Reserve.
Specifically, SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana will organise courses on the ecology, survey and monitoring techniques for the Giant Squeaker Frog. We will also discuss and evaluate  conservation strategies that have been implemented to address pertinent environmental issues affecting the Giant Squeaker Frog and other endemic and endangered frogs.
We will also train ecologists on how to effectively organise educational programmes such as Save The Frogs Day (the world’s largest day of amphibian conservation action) for the Giant Squeaker Frog. Through PowerPoint presentations, group discussions, demonstrations and documentaries, the participants will also develop their skills in the different ways they can engage their peers and community members to promote amphibian conservation.
This training will be led by SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana team Sandra Owusu-Gyamfi-Associate Executive Director and Adomako Ohene Boakye – Project Co-ordinator.


Eligibility: The training is designed for STF Ghana university student members (KNUST, UCAES, Presbyterian University College and University For Development Studies) and other interested persons.


We are grateful to the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund, The Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation FundThe Rufford Foundation and SAVE THE FROGS! for supporting this training.

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On the benefits of saving frogs

Saving frogs is good for wildlife, ecosystems and the greater community. Saving frogs stimulates creativity, generosity, and service to others, all of which are linked to improved health and happiness. And when you save frogs you get to hang out with amazing amphibians and interesting, dedicated frog lovers. As such I encourage you to increase your frog-saving efforts in 2015 and I challenge you to step up your efforts on behalf of frogs and the planet.


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Let's talk about frog dissections

"To a Seventh-Grade Heart Breaker"
A new poem by 2014 SAVE THE FROGS! Poetry Contest Grand Prize Winner Kiana Shurkin

You run the scalpel over my chest
Watch in wonder as my heartbeats slow, then cease
Then you set my heart aside
And proceed to disassemble me
Piece by tiny piece

Because the teachers told you
That your life's worth more than mine
And you will get an F
If you don't perform this crime

Because you are too curious
And CGI* won't do
Nor a model of a frog
To substitute for true

Because to change is hard
And often very slow
And this is how it's always done
Because my kind seems low

No matter that I sing at night
Or eat the bugs that bite
No matter that I matter, too
And that this isn't right

You run the scalpel over my chest
Watch in wonder as my heartbeats slow, then cease
Then you set my heart aside
And proceed to disassemble me
Piece by tiny piece.

*CGI- short for "computer generated imagery". Some schools use computer software to replace live frog dissections with videos and interactive animations from which students can learn without harming any real creatures.


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SAVE THE FROGS! seeks a Social Media Intern

SAVE THE FROGS! seeks a Social Media Intern to help us grow our cause, find new supporters and permeate the internet with frog education. Social media platforms may include Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube, deviantArt or a platform of the intern's choice. The successful candidate will work directly with SAVE THE FROGS! staff and acquire valuable skills transferable to future nonprofit or for-profit endeavors.

You are qualified for this position if:
(1) You are dedicated to amphibian conservation;
(2) You communicate clearly;
(3) You write well with few grammatical or spelling errors;
(4) You want to learn more about social media and marketing;
(5) You can volunteer two hours per week on average for the next six months for this position.

To apply for this internship, please:
(1) Send an email with subject line Social Media Intern to contact@savethefrogs.com
(2) Attach a single page file concisely summarizing any background you have in wildlife conservation, social media or marketing.
(3) State that you can indeed dedicate two hours per week for six months on a volunteer basis to SAVE THE FROGS!
(4) Include the name and email address of one professional reference who can vouch for your abilities.
Thank you for your interest in SAVE THE FROGS!

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The 7th Annual Save The Frogs Day: April 25th, 2015


































































Conceived and coordinated by SAVE THE FROGS!, Save The Frogs Day is the world's largest day of amphibian education and conservation action. On this day we encourage the appreciation and celebration of amphibians by people from all walks of life. Since 2009 our supporters have held over 923 Save The Frogs Day events, educating tens of thousands of people about the importance of frogs and ways to protect amphibian populations. Our goal for the 7th Annual Save The Frogs Day (April 25th, 2015) is 300 worldwide events.

Please organize a Save The Frogs Day event and help educate your community about the importance of amphibians!
You can find tips for event organizers here.

Past Save The Frogs Day events have included nature walks to teach people about their local amphibians; protests at government agencies; parades through major urban centers; frog art and photo exhibits in town centers; film screenings; habitat restoration at critical frog habitats; and numerous presentations on amphibian conservation in schools and universities.

Be sure to register your Save The Frogs Day event so we can send you educational materials and so we can keep an accurate count of the worldwide events. If you would like your event listed on the SAVE THE FROGS! website, you must register it by March 31st. We encourage all event organizers to submit an event report and photos after their event so we can post their event to the SAVE THE FROGS! website and inspire future frog activists. Thank you for getting involved and creating positive action for the frogs in your part of the world!

 

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COMMUNITY TREE NURSERY PROJECT IMPLEMENTED TO RESCUE THE GIANT SQUEAKER FROG FROM IMMINENT EXTINCTION

SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana (West Africa’s first non-profit organisation dedicated exclusively to the conservation of amphibians) has established community tree nurseries within the home of the Giant Squeaker Frog (Arthroleptis krokosua), the Sui River Forest Reserve (SRFR). This project is raising over 5,000 native seedlings to restore an estimated 5-ha of degraded critical habitats of the Giant Squeaker (http://www.savethefrogs.com/frogblog/save-the-frogs-news/save-the-frogs-ghana-executive-director-wins-rufford-foundation-awards-for-the-third-time/).


To date, only 13 individuals of this rare and endemic species has been recorded at SRFR, the highest ever, making the reserve perhaps the only sustainable home for the Squeaker Frog. Unfortunately, constant threats from illegal loggers and farmers are degrading and fragmenting this habitat. These activities have also facilitated the invasion of SRFR by the alien plant, the Devil weed (Chromolaena odorata). C. odorata depletes the density of leaf litter required by the frog for predator escape, desiccation and breeding thereby, reducing the species’ chances of recovering from the brink of extinction. Expedient conservation actions are therefore, urgently needed to prevent the extinction of the species. The community tree nursery project thus, is one of the many steps SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana is taking to address the problem.


From our past experience in habitat restoration, it is comparatively expensive to purchase and transport seedlings than to raise ones in proximity to planting sites. It is even more difficult to access additional seedlings to replace dead planted ones. Thus, the community tree nursery will ensure the constant supply of seedlings for our replanting exercises.


With help from experts from the Forestry Research Institute of Ghana, local people and nursery attendants were trained in:
• selecting the right weather conditions to raise seeds of native tree species in a nursery
• seed bed preparation
• selecting optimum conditions that are ideal for germination
• how to protect seeds and seedlings from adverse temperatures, heavy rains, drought, wind and a variety of pests and diseases


The community tree nursery project is a build-up to our previous habitat restoration project where we planted 2,000 native tree seedlings in another fragmented area of SRFR (http://www.savethefrogs.com/frogblog/save-the-frogs-news/restoration-of-the-giant-squeaker-frogs-habitat-gets-underway/).


Thanks to the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund, The Rufford Foundation and SAVE THE FROGS! USA for supporting this project.


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