Save The Frogs Day – April 30th, 2010
Posted by Miqe on March 8, 2010
In an effort to raise awareness of the plight of amphibians, the scientific community has declared Friday April 30th, 2010 the 2nd Annual ‘Save The Frogs Day‘. On this day we encourage the appreciation and celebration of amphibians by people from all walks of life.
Please get involved and help spread the word! Only a small proportion of our public is aware that frogs are disappearing, and amphibian conservation efforts will not be successful with an uninformed public. Our goal is to make the amphibian extinction crisis common knowledge by Save The Frogs Day: help make it happen!
Save The Frogs Day is a perfect time for teachers and students to learn about amphibian extinctions and discuss ways that we can all contribute to amphibian conservation efforts. Please get your students involved in Save The Frogs Day activities, and be creative!
If you have any type of frog-related class or event planned, please be sure to REGISTER YOUR EVENT.
Let us know if you have any interesting lesson plans we should add to this page, and please add your thoughts to the Teachers section of the FrogForum. Inform your fellow teachers of the day, and be sure to check out the Teachers For Frogs page for more ideas.
General Lesson Plan
The key points that all teachers should mention in their classes this Save The Frogs Day are:
(1) Frogs are the most threatened group of animals on the planet, and are rapidly going extinct. Nearly one-third of the world’s 6,450 amphibian species are in danger of extinction and up to 200 species have completely disappeared in the last 30 years.
(2) Frogs are important to the ecosystem and to humans. See our Why Frogs page for more information.
(3) The primary threats to frogs are habitat destruction; pollution and pesticides; climate change; infectious diseases spread by human activity; over-harvesting for the pet and food trades; and invasive species such as introduced trout, crayfish and non-native amphibians.
(4) Students can help save frogs. Please visit our How to Help page for more information.
(5) All participating classes should make a Save The Frogs Day banner, and then email us a picture of all the students holding up the banner. We will be making a collection of all these photographs from around the world. Then hang the banner in your school as a permanent reminder of Save The Frogs Day and as a call to action for all of the school’s students.
Need a PowerPoint?
We have several PowerPoint presentations you can download or embed on your webpage. Have a look.
Get your class involved in the 2nd Annual Frog Art Contest. There are cash prizes and students really enjoy this!
English & Writing Teachers
Get your class involved in the 2nd Annual Frog Poetry Contest and/or the 1st Annual SAVE THE FROGS! Essay Contest. Have each student write a Letter to the Editor of a local, state or national paper or magazine, discussing frog extinctions and Save The Frogs Day.
Discuss frog biology, natural history, reasons for the current mass extinction crisis and what can be done about it. Have your students investigate and write a short summary of the amphibian species in the area. Take a field trip to search for tadpoles. If you have permits/permission, you may want to collect some NATIVE tadpoles and begin raising them with your class on Save The Frogs Day, to be released at the pond from which they were collected at a later date (be sure someone can care for them until that point!). Perform a virtual frog dissection using computer software.
Does your school have a policy on dissections? The trade and transport of frogs for dissections is a likely contributor to the spread of infectious diseases, and in some regions contributes to the depletion of wild frog populations. Have your students write up an official statement requesting the school Principal or Board of Supervisors allow only virtual frog dissections in their school district.
Have your students film any of the other Save The Frogs Day events happening at your school. Then have them upload their Save The Frogs Day videos to YouTube, to get the word out about amphibian extinctions and SAVE THE FROGS!. And please send us your school’s best video!
Have your classes discuss the ethical implications of amphibian extinctions.
Discuss the history of the environmental movement.
Use frogs in all your example problems; e.g. If 1% of the 100 million amphibians that are transported around the world for use as food, pets, bait, and lab subjects each year are infected with chytrid fungus, and 1% of these infected frogs are set free, escape into the wild, or have the water in which they were held set loose into the environment, and 1% of the native populations that are exposed are driven to extinction, how many amphibian populations likely succumb to chytrid each year? Now make it 5%, 10%, etc. Then have them read this paper (at least the abstract!).
Set up a Battle of the Bands benefit concert at your school that day. Have the winning band take half the earnings, and donate the other half to SAVE THE FROGS!. Write frog songs, videotape them and YouTube them.
Hold a fundraiser
Please have your students hold a fundraiser for SAVE THE FROGS’ amphibian conservation efforts. Students will learn valuable business skills, feel good about their accomplishments, and help Save The Frogs do what we do best: SAVE THE FROGS!
Give them some reading material
Have your students read The Story of SAVE THE FROGS! and surf the savethefrogs.com website.
Watch a video
Design signs for local waterbodies
Is there a local waterbody in your town that has amphibians? Probably. Here is a great group project: have the students design educational signage to place at the waterbodies of local parks. The signs should include the name of the waterbody; pictures and/or drawings of the amphibians found there (the park administer likely has this info), as well as a few lines about each species; a few lines describing the amphibian extinction crisis, the importance of amphibians, and ways people can help; and finally, be sure to mention that the sign was created by the students of your school in celebration of this year’s Save The Frogs Day. Then have the students contact the local government and have their sign turned into a reality!
Build a frog pond behind your school
What better way to get kids interested in frogs than to have them build a frog pond behind their school on Save The Frogs Day? Their efforts will be rewarded when they see the first clutch of eggs in the pond, and when the first tadpoles metamorphose and crawl out of the pond! The Sage website has some great pond building tips, and so does TreeWalker’s Operation Frog Pond page.
Get politically active!
All participating classes should have students write, sign and address a letter to their Governor or one of their Congressmen, stating:
(A) Frogs are rapidly disappearing worldwide;
(B) They took part in Save The Frogs Day activities;
(C) At least one reason frogs are important; and
(D) At least one step the politician should take to help frog populations.
Don’t worry, we’ll be adding a form letter to this page that will make the letter-writing easy! You just have to provide your students with the names and addresses of the relevant politician(s), and then collect and mail the letters. Finally, be sure to report back to us and let us know how many letters you sent!
Have your students get the word out
Our Spread The Word page has informational flyers you and your students can post around school and town.
All teachers please do this…
Whatever you decide to do, please be sure have fun, and please REGISTER YOUR EVENT!
Please tell your teachers about Save The Frogs Day and refer them to this page. Print this flyer and deliver it to your teachers. Get your classes involved in the 1st Annual Frog Art Contest and 1st Annual Frog Poetry Contest.
Ask your teachers for permission to set up a SAVE THE FROGS! informational table in the school hallway this April 30th. We can provide you with informational flyers to hand out, and you can help raise money for SAVE THE FROGS!. Be sure to contact us if you are able to set up a table.
Have a school newspaper? If so, you can write a short article for the paper announcing Save The Frogs Day. Give a 5-minute talk on frog extinctions to your class (ask your teacher permission well in advance and they will likely grant you permission). If you are a university student, see if you can give a frog presentation to K-12 students at a local school. If you are a K-12 student, see if you can give a short presentation on frogs to students a grade or two below you. Have a look at our Spread The Word page, our Students for Frogs page, and add your thoughts to the Students section of the FrogForum. Also, read through the Teachers section on this page.
Whatever you decide to do, please be sure to Register Your Event. And have fun!
It is our duty as scientists to protect amphibian populations, and this will not be possible unless we rapidly and successfully educate the public about the amphibian extinction crisis.
Can you devote a few hours on April 30th towards educating the public about the amphibian extinction crisis?
Please help us make Save The Frogs Day a huge success by giving a public lecture on amphibians at a local school, museum, zoo, aquarium or community group on April 30th, 2010 (or any time in that general timeframe). It’s great publicity, its a great way to spread the word about amphibian declines, and it is guaranteed to get students interested in batrachology and environmental conservation. Feel free to use one of our freely downloadable PowerPoint presentations. And be sure to register your event! We need to track what is happening!
An incredibly small proportion of the public is aware that amphibians are in trouble, and we all have a vested interest in changing this unfortunate situation:
(1) An environmentally conscious society attempts to care for versus destroy the environment, and thus by educating the public regarding environmental issues we will help to ensure that our current hard work will not be laid to waste by the environmentally-destructive actions of future generations.
(2) Increasing students’ interest in batrachology will mean a larger pool of potential graduate students for you to choose from, and thus higher quality researchers working in your lab.
(3) Issues that are engrained in the public’s consciousness receive more monetary funding from governments, private foundations, and average citizens, and we all depend on this financial support.
If you are affiliated with a herpetological society, please have your group send a Save The Frogs Day announcement to all of its members. Add the Save The Frogs Day icon at the top of this page to your personal or professional website and that of your society. Post the Save The Frogs Day flyer up at your place of work. Have your motivated students contact us about volunteer opportunities.
Your business can help SAVE THE FROGS! Whether its becoming an official sponsor of Save The Frogs Day, or holding a Save The Fogs Day sale and offering a portion of the proceeds to SAVE THE FROGS, our Businesses For Frogs page has lots of ideas on how your business can take part in Save The Frogs Day activities. Be creative: helping the frogs can be serve as valuable positive PR for your company!
If you are a concert promoter, band manager, or if you are a musician, you are in a perfect position to help SAVE THE FROGS!. If you already have a gig scheduled on April 30th, perfect…make it a Save The Frogs Day benefit concert! Benefit concerts are one of the best ways to raise money for frog conservation and promote awareness of frog extinctions (not to mention have a good time!). Plus the concert will provide your band with excellent positive publicity!
If you set up a Save The Frogs Day Benefit Concert, we’ll list it in the Events section of this page. We can provide educational materials for you to distribute, or we may be able to host a SAVE THE FROGS! informational table at the venue. Please see our Musicians for Frogs page and contact us for more information. Rock out for the frogs!
Batrachologists worldwide will be giving live presentations on frogs and frog extinctions at local schools, museums, zoos and community groups. Talks on the 1st Annual Save The Frogs Day took place in the USA, Canada, Italy, China, India, Croatia, Australia, Colombia, South Africa, Bangladesh, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Nepal, Portugal, Switzerland, Madagascar…and this year will be more extensive. We’ll soon post a list of all lectures locations and times.
SAVE THE FROGS! 2nd Annual Frog Art Contest
We encourage all art teachers to get their classes involved in the 2nd Annual Frog Art Contest this Save The Frogs Day.
SAVE THE FROGS! 2nd Annual Frog Poetry Contest
Looking for a great way to get your English or Writing class involved in Save The Frogs Day activities? Please have them take part in the 2nd Annual Frog Poetry Contest. There are cash prizes!
In commemoration of the 1st Annual Save The Frogs Day, we present this limited edition 18×24″ print featuring artwork by SAVE THE FROGS! Art Director Ms. Leah Klehn (the 1st Lady of Frog Art).
Can you help us make Save The Frogs Day wildly successful by donating $15? We’ll send you this fantastic poster plus a free savethefrogs.com bumper sticker if you do!
Spread The Word
We need Save The Frogs Day to be more popular than Thanksgiving!!! Please do your part:
(1) Email your friends and tell them that Save The Frogs Day is April 30th, 2010: http://savethefrogs.com/day
(2) Put a note up on your website and add a link to this page. Use the Save The Frogs Day icon at the top of this page, or the one right here–>
(4) Please see our Spread The Word page and be creative!
(5) You probably email 100+ people per week. Please make an automated signature for your email. Just go to your mail options or settings and there should be a place to set up the automated signature. Have it say this:
Save The Frogs Day – April 30th, 2010
We would like to thank Governor Tim Kaine of Virginia for officially recognizing Save The Frogs Day. We also thank Mayor Gregor Robertson of Vancouver, British Columbia who has declared April 28th, 2009 Save The Frogs Day in Vancouver; and Chairman Corey Stewart who declared April 28th, 2009 as Save The Frogs Day in Prince William County, VA; and Mayor Harry Parrish who declared April 28th, 2009 as Save The Frogs Day in Manassas, VA.
By virtue of the authority vested by the Constitution in the Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, there is hereby officially recognized:
SAVE THE FROGS DAY
WHEREAS, amphibians are in considerable peril here in Virginia, and nearly one-third of the world’s 6,468 amphibian species are threatened with extinction and at least 150 species have completely disappeared since 1979, and thus amphibians are the most threatened group of animals on Earth; and
WHEREAS, amphibians are critical components to our ecosystems, especially the Green Tree Frog (Hyla cinerea) in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and because amphibians provide ecosystem services to nature and to humans including (1) cleaning waterways by eating algae during their tadpole stage; (2) serving as a vital source of food to dragonflies, birds, fish, and reptiles, (3) consuming large quantities of ticks, mosquitoes and other pest species that serve as disease vectors that can transmit fatal illnesses to humans; and
WHEREAS,approximately 10% of Nobel prizes in physiology and medicine have resulted from investigations that used amphibians, and because when an amphibian species disappears, so does any promise it holds for improving human medicine; and
WHEREAS, amphibians face a multitude of threats including pollution, pesticides, habitat destruction, climate change, invasive species, infectious diseases (the spread of which are facilitated by human activities), and over-harvesting for the pet, food and bait trades; and
WHEREAS, we believe in the right of children to see, hear and catch amphibians in their native habitat, and amphibian conservation efforts will not be successful without an educated and informed public;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Timothy M. Kaine do hereby recognize April 28th, 2009 as SAVE THE FROGS DAY in the COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.
Please left-click on the picture below to get a PDF of a petition sheet you can print out and use to collect signatures, which we will send in when we ask your governor/mayor to legally recognize Save The Frogs Day. These signatures will help convey to your politicians the importance of amphibian conservation. Further, by collecting these signatures, you’ll be spreading the word every time you talk to someone about Save The Frogs Day.
If your business or organization would like to be an Official Sponsor of Save The Frogs Day, please contact us. Your support will be invaluable to the success of Save The Frogs Day, and we will see to it that you get the positive publicity you deserve, including listing your company’s name and logo right here on savethefrogs.com.
Please donate to help SAVE THE FROGS!
Your tax-deductible contribution will prevent amphibian extinctions through environmental education, scientific research, legal defense, and through the acquisition of critical amphibian habitat.
Thanks for your support…Together we can SAVE THE FROGS!