The Issue: Threats to Native Frog Populations
Frogs face many threats to their survival, according to ecologist Kerry Kriger in a report from the Santa Cruz Sun Sentinel. Habitat destruction, infectious diseases, pesticides, and their place in the international food and pet market leave many frog species vulnerable to extinction. However, these threats can be averted. As one of the largest frog importers in the country, California could make great strides by cutting back on the sale and importation of frogs.
The Campaign: Educating Students About Frog Conservation
All donations to this Grassroots campaign will be used by Save the Frogs! to raise awareness about protecting native frog populations from threats and extinction. For every $35 raised, Save the Frogs! can purchase materials for a presentation on frog conservation at one Bay-Area school. These presentations teach children from an early age the value of frogs, their place in the ecosystem, how their diet of mosquitos and ticks helps prevent the spread of diseases, and how they help keep the water clean by eating algae. School presentations and handout materials also impart information on why frogs are disappearing and what students can do to help.
Save the Frogs!
Calls to “Save the Frogs!” rang out among a crowd of supporters surrounding the Environmental Protection Agency in 2011. Save the Frogs! supporters gathered to protest the pesticide atrazine, which causes male frogs to develop female traits, according to a report from the Washington Post. Although the EU banned atrazine in 2004, the fight to end its use in the United States continues with another rally on October 12—the International Day of Pesticide Action.
These efforts for frog conservation epitomize the goal of Save the Frogs!, but the threats to frogs run far and wide. They face extinction from disease, habitat destruction, and international trade—factors that have led to the disappearance of up to 200 amphibian species since 1979. Concerned about this trend, Dr. Kerry Kringer founded Save the Frogs! in 2008. Since then, he has sponsored educational programs and protests like the one in DC to limit frog importation and increase conservation efforts. Every year on April 27, Save the Frogs! also coordinates a worldwide amphibian conservation day—Save the Frogs Day—in 50 countries, including its second base in Ghana. With time, Save the Frogs! aims to keep frogs safe around the world and stabilize their population growth in the wild.
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