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Amphibians of Costa Rica: Diversity & Threats

Costa Rica Amphibian Diversity

We are pleased to announce an upcoming SAVE THE FROGS! Webinar featuring amphibian biologist Victor Acosta Chaves discussing “The Amphibians of Costa Rica: Diversity & Threats”. This free online presentation will feature amazing photos of Costa Rica’s amphibians and an abundance of information on their ecology, the threats they face, and ways to save them.

Save The Frogs Research Project on Chytrid Fungus in California Published

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In 2015, SAVE THE FROGS! received a grant from the Alameda County Fish & Game Commission to research disease outbreaks in Foothill Yellow-Legged Frogs (Rana boylii) in the San Francisco Bay Area. The research was published in the journal Ecosphere. You can read the abstract below, or download the PDF of the publication here. Photo …

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Chytrid fungus found in Madagascar frogs

The “megadiverse” frog communities of Madagascar are at risk after discovery of a potentially deadly fungus Conservationists worldwide mobilize to address emerging threat to more than 500 Malagasy frog species The amphibian fungus known as Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd), which has caused the precipitous decline of frog populations in Central America, Australia, the western United States, …

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Why has the USFWS not taken action on chytrid fungus?

From Peter Jenkins, Executive Director of the Center for Invasive Species Protection and formerly from Defenders of Wildlife, who 4 years ago co-authored this petition to the USFWS regarding amphibians and the chytrid fungus: Four years after filing the Defenders Bd Petition, it is disappointing to hear that the science has become more compelling, yet …

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Frogs Legs Protest in Arlington, VA on Sept 4th, 2010

UPDATE: TO THE BEST OF OUR KNOWLEDGE, UNCLE JULIO’S HAS DISCONTINUED FROG LEGS SALES! SAVE THE FROGS! supporters from George Mason University are leading a protest in defense of frog populations this Saturday, September 4th, 5pm, at the Rio Grande Café in Arlington, VA. We are depending on you to join this valiant group of …

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Frog Legs Protests A Huge Success

This weekend, myself and other SAVE THE FROGS! supporters descended upon Uncle Julio’s Rio Grande restaurants in Arlington, VA and Bethesda, MD and educated well over a thousand people about frog extinctions and the multi-million dollar restaurant chain’s deplorable environmental policies. To date, the company has refused to acknowledge the 800+ letters we have sent …

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Protocol for the Detection of Chytrid Fungus Using Quantitative PCR Techinques

In terms of its effect on biodiversity, chytridiomycosis is quite possibly the worst disease in recorded history. The disease, caused by a pathogenic chytrid fungus, has caused amphibian population declines in Australia, South America, North America, Central America, New Zealand, Europe, and Africa, and is likely responsible for over 100 species extinctions since the 1970’s. …

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Frogs and Microbes

By Greg Ruthig, Ph.D. I have been interested in amphibians for as long as I can remember. Growing up in upstate New York, I enjoyed finding bright orange red efts in the woods and searching for hours to find spring peepers in the midst of deafening choruses. Although I always knew amphibians were important consumers …

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