In early 2009 I sent Vice-Presidential Candidate Tim Kaine (then Governor of Virginia) a letter asking him to officially recognize Save The Frogs Day in the Commonwealth of Virginia. You may know the story…he didn’t write back. Not being one to settle for rejection, I sent him another letter. Guess what – he didn’t write back. That was fine because I also have a phone. I called his office. A few days later Governor Kaine became America’s first Governor to recognize Save The Frogs Day. He issued the proclamation below, citing the value of amphibians and stating:
“NOW, THEREFORE, I, Timothy M. Kaine, do hereby recognize April 28, 2009 as SAVE THE FROGS DAY in the COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.”
Since then, Save The Frogs Day has been officially recognized by the states of North Carolina, South Carolina, Michigan, Massachusetts, Rhode Island as well as the cities of Washington DC, Vancouver BC, Santa Cruz CA, Three Rivers MI, Manassas VA and the County of Prince William, VA.
Thank you to all the frog-friendly politicians out there and thank you to all our supporters who vote pro-environment!
Visit the Save The Frogs Day proclamations page and get ideas on how you can get Save The Frogs Day recognized in YOUR community.
Happy Election Day, whichever way you choose to vote…or even if you choose to not vote. Whatever happens, you can rest assured that SAVE THE FROGS! will continue to protect amphibian populations and promote a society that respects and appreciates nature and wildlife. We will make America’s frog populations great again! 🙂
Dr. Kerry Kriger is the Founder & Executive Director of SAVE THE FROGS!, a nonprofit organization that has held over 2,000 educational events in 57 countries to raise awareness of the world’s rapidly disappearing amphibian populations. He is also a musician who has been studying, teaching, recording and performing the classical music of northern India on bamboo flute since 1996. Dr. Kriger holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Science and has traveled to over 65 countries. His nonprofit efforts in western Africa led him to being inducted as Chief of Environment and Development in the remote village of Yawkrom, in the Western Region of Ghana.