PREVENTING AMPHIBIAN ROADKILLS AT ONE OF GHANA’S MOST BIODIVERSE AREAS

Volunteers both in Ghana and abroad are needed to help SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana conduct amphibian surveys and rescue operations for amphibians vulnerable to roadkills at the Ankasa Conservation Area (ACA) starting from 12th– 18th December, 2014.

 

ACA is one of Ghana’s most biodiverse areas found in the wet evergreen forest zone, supporting the country’s richest amphibian diversity. Unfortunately, ACA is constantly under ecological stress from the thousands of annual tourists. More disturbing is the poor nature of the roads leading to and passing through ACA, plagued with potholes that collect water used by some frog species as temporary habitats. Others also cross the roads during their natal migration periods in search of suitable breeding grounds. As a result, they are exposed to many dangers including roadkills.

 

In the absence of  baseline data on amphibian roadkills that can help effectively address the problem in West Africa, this project is gathering and documenting fundamental information using ACA as a reference point. Specifically, we are developing photo guides to amphibians that occur within ACA. We are also collecting data on natal migratory frog species, proximity of breeding ponds to roads, species that use puddles as temporary habitats and species that are vulnerable or victims of road mortality.

 

Conservation measures underway to prevent the amphibian roadkills within ACA include:
• Covering up potholes in critical natal migratory routes together with ACA staff and school children from neighbouring communities.
• Educating ACA staff, tourists and local communities through radio programmes and video shows on the negative impacts of roadkills on amphibians.

 

Tertiary students are particularly encouraged to take advantage of this volunteering opportunity to develop their skills in amphibian research and also collect data that could be used for their thesis.

 

You can contact SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana by sending an email to ghana@savethefrogs.com or calling +233(0)202100198.

 

Thanks to the UK based Rufford Foundation for giving a £6,000 grant to fund this project.


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SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana wins $5,000 award from The Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund

Congratulations to SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana for winning a $5,000 award to further their efforts to protect the Giant Squeaker Frog (Arthroleptis krokosua), one of the world's most endangered frog species! The goal of the project is to better understand of the ecology of the Giant Squeaker Frog; promote a more conscious local community that respects and appreciates the frog, and engender stronger political will for protection of the species, ensuring the maintenance and protection of its viable populations for long-term survival. Specifically, SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana will conduct surveys for the frogs; create GIS maps of the frogs' locations; quantify existing anthropogenic threats, and educate local communities about the frog. These initiatives will also benefit three other globally threatened co-occurring frogs including Phrynobatrachus villiersi (Vulnerable), P. annulatus (Endangered) and Hylarana occidentalis (Endangered).

 

The Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund is a significant philanthropic endowment established to provide targeted grants to individual species conservation initiatives, recognize leaders in the field of species conservation and elevate the importance of species in the broader conservation debate. To date the fund has awarded over 1000 grants to a diverse range of species across the world.

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SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana Executive Director Talks about Ghana’s Climate Change and Frogs at World’s Greenest University, UK Nottingham University

On Thursday 25th September 2014, SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana’s Co-founder and Executive Director Gilbert Adum will present a climate change and frogs talk at the world’s greenest university, UK Nottingham University.


SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana Executive Director will be giving his talk to renowned professors, other scientists and students at the Faculty of Life Sciences about Ghana’s deteriorating climatic changes and what it means for the survival of the country’s frogs. SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana’s Co-founder and Executive Director says Ghana’s frogs may just have a dog’s chance to survive the onslaught of climate change given that 90% of their habitats that can otherwise shield them from the impacts of climate change are already gone. According to the Intergovernmental Platform for Climate Change, the geographic location of Ghana makes the country one of the most vulnerable areas to 21st century climatic changes. Thus, it is not surprising that Ghana is already one of the countries that are worst hit by climate change: from floods in the nation’s capital Accra to droughts up north, causing desertification that is engulfing the savanna regions. Since the early 1970s, Ghana has experienced a decline in precipitation levels of approximately 30%; and a temperature increase of at least 1°, a much faster change than most other areas of the world. Gilbert Adum adds that ‘we are yet to even see the worst of climate change as temperatures are projected to increase up to 3.0°C by the 2060s, and 5.2°C by the 2090s.’

It is indeed bad news for frogs, other wildlife and Ghanaian people alike. But Gilbert Adum who has already won a top award last week at a conference in Bonn (Germany) for his courageous and brilliant vision of climate change adaptability and mitigation strategies, believes that together there are prospects to make Ghana’s climate better for frogs and people. The Executive Director will discuss his vision also with the Nottingham University scientific community. In the end he says he hopes to bring the plight of Ghana’s frogs to the limelight, and establish long-lasting collaborations with the university’s scientists to protect the country’s vanishing frogs from climate change. He says he will also seize the opportunity to raise funds to sustain the progress his non-profit organisation SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana is making to save Ghana’s frogs.

SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana’s Co-founder and Executive Director Gilbert Adum would like to thank Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation (Germany), Museum für Naturkunde (Germany), University of Nottingham (UK) and SAVE THE FROGS! (USA) for supporting his stay and travels around Europe. We also thank Amphibian Survival Alliance for featuring this post on their website (http://www.amphibians.org/news/climate-change-and-frogs/)


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Ask the Gilroy Garlic Festival to prohibit frog leg sales

The Gilroy Garlic Festival in California should be celebrating garlic rather than frog extinction. Please call them and ask them to prohibit the selling of frog legs at their festival: 408-842-1625. The frogs being sold are in all likelihood either wild-caught or farm-raised non-native, disease-spreading, predatory American Bullfrogs shipped here from some distant country. Thanks for calling them at 408-842-1625 and taking action for the frogs! Stay tuned also for an email action alert we will be sending out shortly. For more information please visist: www.savethefrogs.com/frog-legs

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Frog art by Aisyah Nasywa Ula, Age 7, Indonesia
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Join the Endangered Species Day Webinar!

It is Endangered Species Day on May 16th! Started in 2006 by the United States Congress, Endangered Species Day is a celebration of the nation’s wildlife and wild places. Please register here to join this webinar all about the world's endangered amphibian species, led by SAVE THE FROGS! Ecologist Michael Starkey. 10am-11am San Francisco Time. RSVP here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4937548637665360642

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SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana on TV3

Catch SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana live today on Ghana’s most watched entertainment programme; Music Music on TV3, as we launch this year’s Save The Frogs Day celebration (the world’s largest amphibian actions day).
Together with some pupils from Michel Camp in Accra, we will announce the event to a studio audience of over 400 and an additional 1,000,000 TV viewers.
Watch us live as we have fun and promote amphibian conservation at GMT20:30.

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SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana Programmes Co-ordinator's Visit to UK Makes Huge Waves

Miss Sandra Owusu-Gyamfi of STF! Ghana is on an official visit to the UK where she is to meet with Professional conservationists, students and the general public and share with them the plight of amphibians. She is to give presentations and form collaborations with both private and government organisations to create more awareness on the plight of amphibians and to provide tangible solutions together with such bodies to save this threatened taxa.

The 3 week visit started with a presentation at the Students Conference on Conservation Science at Cambridge, a speech at the 67th Annual meeting of the British Herpetology Society and she still has others to give at the University of Nottingham, Zoological Society of London and the Harrison Institute. Each visit will also be used to raise funds for the organisation and to contribute towards her travels, feeding and accommodation.

So far, she has raised a total of £290 through the sale of STF! Ghana paraphernalia and donations by the BHS. We will like to appreciate the response she has received from all these organsiations and their generosity towards STF! Ghana. We hope to forge a long lasting relationship and help to save amphibians.

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Sandra with some members of the society after the presentation

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SAVE THE FROGS! UWSP Chapter, a review of our first 2 years in Action!

Our student chapter of SAVE THE FROGS! was created in 2011 on the campus of the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point. UWSP has one of the largest populations of natural resource students in the nation, and was just recently placed on Princeton Review's Green College Honor Roll for the third year in a row! Here is a picture of some of the students who helped create our student chapter,

[caption id="attachment_2345" align="alignnone" width="300"]From left to right, Alyssa Roberts, Hillary Jung, Jordan Winkenbach, Ryan Manders, Spencer Siddons, Kyle George From left to right, Alyssa Roberts, Hillary Jung, Jordan Winkenbach, Ryan Manders, Spencer Siddons, Kyle George


 

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 We kicked off our new organization with our first Save The Frogs Day Benefit Concert held on campus in 2012. We had live music from local bands The Hi Matics and Paradigm Blue, free food, face painting, games and educational booths, it was huge success!

[caption id="attachment_2348" align="alignnone" width="300"]Paradigm Blue entertaining the crowd Paradigm Blue entertaining the crowd


 

 

[caption id="attachment_2347" align="alignnone" width="300"]Students dancing to The Hi Matics Students dancing to The Hi Matics


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[caption id="attachment_2350" align="alignnone" width="200"]Frog face painting was a big success Frog face painting was a big success


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[caption id="attachment_2351" align="alignnone" width="300"]2012 Save The Frogs Day, UWSP style! 2012 Save The Frogs Day, UWSP style!


 

We got some University students out in the woods for a bit of herpin! Many of these students are going to school to be herpetologists, biologists, zoo employees, and environmental educators!

[caption id="attachment_2352" align="alignnone" width="300"]UWSP students out in Schmeeckle Reserve UWSP students out in Schmeeckle Reserve


[caption id="attachment_2353" align="alignnone" width="300"]Spring Peeper, pseudacris crucifer Spring Peeper, pseudacris crucifer


Our main goal was to spread awareness about amphibian conservation throughout our community. We held many education shows at local elementary schools, middle schools and high schools.

[caption id="attachment_2354" align="alignnone" width="300"]Spencer Siddons at our local high school with a preserved frog specimen from the UWSP collection Spencer Siddons at our local high school with a preserved frog specimen from the UWSP collection


[caption id="attachment_2355" align="alignnone" width="300"]SAVE THE FROGS! UWSP Chapter members at a Science Fair at the local high school SAVE THE FROGS! UWSP Chapter members at a Science Fair at the local high school


[caption id="attachment_2358" align="alignnone" width="300"]Elementary school kids learning about frogs Elementary school kids learning about frogs


[caption id="attachment_2359" align="alignnone" width="300"]Elementary kids looking over educational materials Elementary kids looking over educational materials


The kids really enjoyed learning about frogs!

[caption id="attachment_2356" align="alignnone" width="300"]Thank you notes from local elementary school Thank you notes from local elementary school


[caption id="attachment_2357" align="alignnone" width="225"]We got dozens of these adorable cards, it was interesting to see what the kids got out of our presentation! We got dozens of these adorable cards, it was interesting to see what the kids got out of our presentation!


We held a second Save The Frogs Day Benefit Concert in 2013, another great turn out!

[caption id="attachment_2360" align="alignnone" width="300"]Side walk chalk on a college campus! Side walk chalk on a college campus!


[caption id="attachment_2361" align="alignnone" width="300"]UWSP students coloring some frogs! UWSP students coloring some frogs!


[caption id="attachment_2362" align="alignnone" width="200"]Local children had fun coloring as well! Local children had fun coloring as well!


That year we also celebrated by building a frog pond in our Universities Schmeeckle Reserve, we have already seen two different species using it! We are working to maintain this pond and keep invasive reed canary grass out of it!

[caption id="attachment_2366" align="alignnone" width="200"]The finished pond, the vegetation came in strong the next season! The finished pond, the vegetation came in strong the next season!


[caption id="attachment_2367" align="alignnone" width="300"]A long hot day of work! A long hot day of work!


[caption id="attachment_2368" align="alignnone" width="300"]A great group effort to build a frog pond on Save The Frogs Day! A great group effort to build a frog pond on Save The Frogs Day!


We are in the process of planning our third Save The Frogs Day Event, including a presentation from Dr. Tyrone Hayes, the benefit concert, and a day of amphibian conservation for local students at the Central Wisconsin Environmental Station!

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Open House at the Save The Frogs Educational Center

On December 13th, SAVE THE FROGS! and our non-profit neighbors opened their doors to the public for a night of fun and festivities! SAVE THE FROGS! and over 250 people celebrated the season with food, drinks, live music, a free raffle, and many received a sneak-peak of the SAVE THE FROGS! Education Center. We were delighted to meet so many interesting people and thank you all who came out and supported this wonderful event!

Save The Frogs Education Center



Save The Frogs Education Center

Save The Frogs Education Center

Save The Frogs Education Center

Save The Frogs Education Center

The Education Center will serve as a space to hold educational presentations, classes and workshops; it will enable us to raise more funds for frog conservation as we will finally have a physical location at which to sell our eco-friendly merchandise; and it is located on a major street and thus will help us spread our message far and wide and attract many new supporters. Berkeley is a well known, international city with a world-renowned university and a history of environmental activism. We will benefit from and contribute to a community that is on the cutting-edge of environmental action. The SAVE THE FROGS! Education Center will be located at 2524 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94702, just across the Bay from San Francisco. See you again in February 2014!

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SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana at Conference on Conservation Science in the United Kingdom



SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana Program Co-ordinator Sandra Owusu-Gyamfi has been selected by the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom to represent Ghana at its Conference on Conservation Science from 25th to 27th March 2014. Sandra will talk about the problems Ghana’s invasive Acheampong weed (Chromolaena odorata) poses for the survival of Ghana’s critically endangered Krokosua Squeaker Frog (Arthroleptis krokosua). Sandra, who is one of West Africa’s few female amphibian biologists, explains that at the Sui River Forest Reserve the weed has had catastrophic impacts on the frogs. Only 16 individuals of the Squeaker Frog have been found over a ten year. Sandra says “the Acheampong weed forms dense thickets that act as barriers to the movement of the frogs. The invasive weed also depletes the density of leaf-litter used by the frogs for breeding and hiding from their predators”. Sandra will have the opportunity to interact with some of the world’s leading practitioners in invasive weed control to gain insights into new techniques and approaches that can be applied within Ghana to deal with the Acheampong weed.

SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana Executive Director Gilbert Adum says that “it is a wonderful opportunity for the organization to put Ghana on the world map for leading such an initiative in the West African region. Frogs in the region, like elsewhere in the world, have been disappearing for the last three decades and we must wake up to their own siren calls to save them.” While in the United Kingdom, Sandra will also meet and interact with frog lovers and share with them the tools SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana has been utilizing to protect the country’s frogs. She will also donate some SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana souvenirs and seek more collaboration for saving Ghana’s vanishing frogs.

 

Sandra Owusu-Gyamfi and Hamdia Mahama (University of Ghana), Ghana's first two female amphibian biologists

 

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