A new administration means new environmental policies. Please read on to learn about Donald's Trump and his administration's environmental records. And be sure to donate to SAVE THE FROGS! if you want us to have the means with which to improve the state of the environment, even while the Trump team works actively to destroy it.

"I like your principles and all of us will have to fight harder than ever with the anti-environmental mess that this new administration will be. I have been sick thinking about all this since the election".
- Michelle B.

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Frog Art: We Have Rights Too - by Suhailkt, India

Donald Trump Eats Frog’s Legs

On November 29th, 2016, Donald Trump, Mitt Romney, and Reince Priebus (White House chief of staff), dined at Jean-Georges Restaurant inside the Trump International Hotel in New York City. For an appetizer, they ordered young garlic soup with thyme and sautéed frog legs. The approximate cost for each meal was $215. President Trump is likely profiting from the sale of frog legs in the restaurant, which is based inside a property he owns.

Learn more at:
New York Daily News
New York Magazine

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Frog Art from the SAVE THE FROGS! Art Contest by Hana Sae

Secretary of the Department of the Interior Ryan Zinke wants more drilling on public land

Ryan Zinke has a history of voting to expand fossil fuel exploration on public lands and weakening environmental regulations. Zinke co-sponsored a bill to take away all protections from highly-endangered Mexican wolves & attempted to kick all grey wolves off of the endangered species list. He has stood in the way of protections for sage grouse; he fought to open more public lands to trapping and opposed efforts to end the bloody ivory trade. He is currently attempting to overturn a court’s order to protect Montana’s lynx. If this goes through, he would expose all of the nation’s endangered species to his wildlife-last, polluters-first priorities. To top it all off, Zinke believes volcanoes cause climate change.
(Sources: Endangered Species Coalition, Wired, The Verge, The Wall Street Journal)

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Frog Art from the SAVE THE FROGS! Art Contest by Ala Lockhart

Climate Change Denier Scott Pruitt to Lead the EPA

Scott Pruitt, a climate change denier, is to lead the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency). He was a key creator in the legal battle against Obama’s climate change policies; he worked secretly with some of the largest oil and gas companies in order to put a stop to Obama administration’s regulations on air emissions, water pollution and endangered animals. These regulations that he was trying to stop are within the agency that he will now be leading. Earlier in 2016, Pruitt wrote in the National Review: “Scientists continue to disagree about the degree and extent of global warming and its connection to the actions of mankind. That debate should be encouraged – in classrooms, public forums, and the halls of Congress. It should not be silenced with threats of prosecution. Dissent is not a crime.” Trump said on FOX News regarding the EPA: “We are going to get rid of it in almost every form, we’re going to have little tidbits left.”
(Sources: NY Times, FOX News, CNN)

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was the CEO of Exxon Mobil

In 2013, Tillerson said, “If you examine the temperature record of the last decade, it really hasn’t changed.” In 2015 he suggested that it could be beneficial to wait for better science before taking action on climate change. In 1983, Exxon cut funding for climate research from approximately $900,000 per year to $150,000 per year. In 1998, ExxonMobil funded “Think Tank”, who co-published a petition challenging the consensus around climate change. The company announced in 2008 that it would stop funding climate-denying groups, yet funding continues in the millions of dollars.

Learn more at:
The Guardian

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Frog Art from the SAVE THE FROGS! Art Contest by Ammy Nguyen

Trump’s Energy Plan: “Clean Coal” and Fracking

In his first video address as President-elect, Donald Trump made his energy plans very clear, focusing on coal and fracking, and making no mention of alternative energy sources. Trump is under the impression that there is such a thing as clean coal. No coal is clean. Trump uses the euphemism “shale” to hide the fact that he plans to increase fracking (hydraulic fracturing), widely known to cause significant harm to human and environmental health. “I will bring our energy companies back. They’ll pay off our national debt.” Also listen to Trump discuss energy during his presidential debate video.

When asked whether Trump plans to roll back environmental regulations, Trump's Counselor Kellyanne Conway replied, “Possibly, yes.”
- Time Magazine, January 20th, 2017

Trump Seeks Names of Climate Scientists

The US Department of Energy said in December 2016 that it will not provide the Trump administration with the list they requested of people who worked on climate change issues. The Department refuses to reveal names because of concerns about what the incoming administration will do with them. They have stated, “We will be forthcoming with all publicly-available information with the transition team. We will not be providing any individual names to the transition team.”

Learn more:
Washington Post

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Frog Art from the SAVE THE FROGS! Art Contest by Ala Lockhart

Rick Perry, Secretary of the Department of Energy, has Proposed Eliminating the Department

Rick Perry will head the Department of Energy. During Perry’s bid for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, Perry proposed eliminating the entire department. Learn more in The Guardian.

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This article created with the assistance of SAVE THE FROGS! Volunteer Kiana Zemenchik.

Biologic Performance is dedicated to being of service to others by sharing their experience, knowledge and passion about sustainable landscaping.

Their goal is to help people create artistic and regenerative landscaping that deepens our connection with nature. Specializing in creating wildlife ponds for frogs, fish, and plants. Learn more about Biologic Performance here:

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Biologic Performance’s support is crucial to our mission of protecting amphibian populations and promoting a society that respects and appreciates nature and wildlife, so we are greatly grateful they have sponsored SAVE THE FROGS! Thank you Biologic Performance!

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If your company would like to sponsor SAVE THE FROGS! or if you have any questions, then please visit our Sponsors page. Thank you for your support!

We recently sent a survey out to all SAVE THE FROGS! members to learn about who they are and assess their thoughts on how we are doing, where we should focus our efforts, and how we can improve. Here are some of the noteworthy responses:

What do you like most about being a member of SAVE THE FROGS!?

“Knowing there is a group of people so full of passion for amphibian survival and they are out in the world educating others and preserving habitat for these incredible creatures.”

“Having better opportunities to spread the word with regards to amphibian conservation, globally & locally.”

“Interesting updates about the work of STF! all over the world with fascinating pictures of exotic frogs.”

“Opportunity to learn more about frogs & help to prevent the decline in their populations.”

“You are saving frogs and bringing their importance to light.”

“The feeling that I am helping a very important cause and getting information to help educate my child about it.”

“The connection and updates about things happening in the environment affecting frogs and other amphibians.”

“Supporting a grassroots organization that defends my most favorite vertebrates.” 

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SAVE THE FROGS! Communications Coordinator Emily Moskal with abstract frog art in the former SAVE THE FROGS! Education Center in Berkeley, California, 2014.

Why did you become a SAVE THE FROGS! member?

“Several years ago I read an article that stated while most people want to contribute to saving glamorous species like elephants and tigers, there is a real need to invest in supporting amphibians - and you can see results with a much smaller investment. So I feel my contribution can actually have an impact.”

“It was the only organization I could find working to save amphibians, and doing one hell of a job at the endeavor.”

“I wanted to be an active part of amphibian conservation, including supporting SAVE THE FROGS!”

“Frogs are my favorite animals by far.”

“Kerry Kriger and his enthusiasm!”

“Because I love frogs and understand their importance in the ecosystem.”

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Frog art (Lilac Eyes) from 2013 SAVE THE FROGS! Art Contest by Evan Snowden

Which SAVE THE FROGS! campaign is the most important to you?

“Educating school children about the need to protect Earth's creatures.”

“Getting young people involved seems to have high payoff long-term.”

“Wetland construction.”

“I like the rebuilding of habitat and the training of new frog protectors.”

“Protecting habitat and integrity of habitat.”


“Save The Frogs Day - uniting the efforts worldwide.”

“Eradication of toxic materials.”

“The international ones. I have travelled extensively so I am aware of some of the damage that has been done to habitat, often by people who are just trying to get by with meager resources.”

“Local efforts in California.”

“It doesn't matter, all frog conservation efforts are important.”

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Framed frog art from the SAVE THE FROGS! Art Contests.

Other Survey Comments

“I am very proud to support your group and I think you are doing very, very great and important work. I am a college biology professor and have been researching herps for decades, and your group is really the first I've discovered that is as successful at the mission we all share. Thank you. Cheers. Brad S.”

“You do an amazing job of using email and social media to share information, for a small organization.”

“You're great. Continue what you're doing, organically growing, educating and doing the hard work you do.”

“I think your efforts to involve kids are great.”  

“Keep doing what you're doing. I really liked the Thank You letter sent for the holidays with a simple gift. Fewer mailings is a good way to preserve forests too!”

“I find that the mere fact that I wear SAVE THE FROGS! t-shirts triggers conversations and questions that help me get my foot in the door, so to speak, and educate the public better!”

“Because the environment is so messed up, I'm supporting SAVE THE FROGS! exclusively. To me it is one of the most important!”

“Keep up the good work ...especially educating the public and "politicians" about the threats to our environment.”

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SAVE THE FROGS! seeks a frog loving volunteer with experience in teaching English as a foreign language, to provide one-on-one or group lessons to SAVE THE FROGS! volunteers who are interested in improving their English skills. SAVE THE FROGS! is an international organization with numerous volunteers based in non-English speaking countries. Many of these volunteers are not proficient in English, but need to be in order to achieve their maximum potential in their environmental careers. Our goal is to find a qualified volunteer teacher who can improve their English reading, writing and speaking abilities.

Volunteer teacher can be based anywhere in the world and should be able to dedicate at least three hours per week to this position. Lessons would take place via Skype or Zoom video conferencing software, so a solid internet connection is essential.

If you are interested, please:

(1) Compose an email to contact@savethefrogs.com with “Volunteer Opportunity: Teacher of English as a Foreign Language” in the subject line;
(2) Include a single paragraph detailing your educational qualifications and why you think you are capable of teaching English as a foreign language.
(3) Confirm that you have a solid internet connection and three hours per week to volunteer.

Thank you for your interest in helping to grow, strengthen and connect the SAVE THE FROGS! worldwide community!

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Frog photo taken on the 2016 SAVE THE FROGS! Peru Ecotour by Katie O'Donnell.

SAVE THE FROGS! is looking for an experienced graphic designer to assist in our marketing campaigns and in creating frog-themed merchandise and educational materials. Knowledge of Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign is essential. The frog loving graphic designer would work directly with SAVE THE FROGS! staff to create eye-catching digital and printed materials that would get viewed by and inspire frog enthusiasts around the world. SAVE THE FROGS! volunteer graphic designers can be based anywhere in the world and must be willing to connect via Skype screenshare to discuss, edit and improve their graphic designs. There are no minimum hours per week; rather, we would contact you as projects come up to see if you can assist.

If you are interested in volunteering as a SAVE THE FROGS! Graphic Designer, please:
(1) Compose an email to contact@savethefrogs.com with Volunteer Opportunity: Graphic Designer in the subject line;
(2) Include a single paragraph describing your graphic design experience and abilities;
(3) Include a link to your website or portfolio, or attach several of the graphics of which you are most proud;
(4) Include your Skype username and your state/country of residence.

Thank you for helping us create amazing frog-themed graphics!

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SAVE THE FROGS! Graphic Design Wizard Alyson Lee has contributed hundreds of volunteer hours since she designed the official SAVE THE FROGS! logo back in 2008. Her designs are displayed in international airports, at events in over 60 countries and are being worn by thousands of people worldwide. With your help, we can build up our graphic design team and carry on Alyson's frog saving tradition. Graphic designers can SAVE THE FROGS!

SAVE THE FROGS! seeks a dedicated volunteer to process online and paper art contest entries from the SAVE THE FROGS! Art Contest. This position requires a responsible frog enthusiast who can dedicate at least eight hours between now and November 30th, 2016. To volunteer for digital entries, you can live anywhere. To volunteer for paper entries, you need to live in the Los Angeles area.

To apply, please email volunteer@savethefrogs.com with:
(1) Save The Frogs Art Contest Volunteer Position in the subject line;
(2) a single paragraph saying why you want to volunteer;
(3) your location; and
(4) your resume attached.

Thank you for helping SAVE THE FROGS!

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Do you love frogs and want to learn first hand how nonprofit organizations are managed, while meeting lots of new contacts in the amphibian conservation world and providing significant assistance to your favorite frog-saving charity?

  • Are you are organized, responsible, and dependable?
  • Do you have basic technology skills and a willingness to learn what you don’t yet know?
  • Do you have a solid internet connection?
  • Do you have six hours per week to volunteer over the next three months?

If you answered YES! to all those questions, then you should consider applying to be an Executive Assistant for SAVE THE FROGS! Founder Dr. Kerry Kriger. If chosen as the successful applicant, you will assist Dr. Kriger on a variety of tasks that can be done from your home computer from anywhere in the world. You will learn many new skills and have a much more in-depth understanding of amphibian conservation and the multitude of ways one can save the frogs and the planet.

If you have questions about this volunteer position, please email them to contact@savethefrogs.com with Volunteer Opportunity: Executive Assistant in the subject line and ask prior to applying.

Applications must be submitted by Monday, December 5th, 2016, 11:59pm Los Angeles time. Successful applicant's first task would be to read some relevant literature in December and then commence volunteering in early January.

To apply, please:
(1) Email contact@savethefrogs.com with Volunteer Opportunity: Executive Assistant in the subject line;
(2) Include two paragraphs; one on why you want this position and one on your educational and/or professional background;
(3) A single line stating “I understand this is a six hours per week volunteer position, and if chosen I will work in good faith to fulfill my commitment for three months”.

Thank you for your interest in SAVE THE FROGS!

"You're happiest while you're making the greatest contribution."
-- Robert F. Kennedy

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Western Spadefoot (Pelobates cultripes) photo taken by Dr. Kerry Kriger west of Salamanca, Spain.

A note from Dr. Kerry Kriger
Here are answers to a couple questions I received after first posting this announcement:

(1) What kind of work would I be doing?
Answer: I could list out five projects I have on my mind but they would not predict what tasks would come up once they are complete, so I prefer to not be specific. Generally speaking, you would be doing internet research and computer work that I either currently do myself or that does not get done at all due to my lack of time to do it. You would be helping me with things I need to do as they arise. Some of this would likely be very interesting and some of it possibly very boring (I suggest a good music playlist for such times). All of it would be helping SAVE THE FROGS! be more effective and I have no doubt you would expand your knowledge of amphibian conservation and likely make some important contacts.  Rather than telling you that everything you do will be the most amazingly interesting projects imaginable, I prefer you go in expecting boring computer tasks, and that you be willing to take your chances that working directly with someone who has the knowledge, skills and connections you seek will yield significant benefit to your career.

(2) If I have to leave to do some fieldwork for, lets say 3 to 4 days, will I be able to complete my tasks on my return without affecting your work?
Answer: You could certainly go away for fieldwork. There are no strict timetables; I just expect an honest attempt to find six hours per week to assist. I understand sometimes that may not be possible.

The last time I offered an Executive Assistant position, the successful applicant went on to gain employment with SAVE THE FROGS! and has traveled to tropical rainforests with SAVE THE FROGS! for free, on top of being a part of many other SAVE THE FROGS! adventures and successes. Anything is possible.  

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Dr. Kerry Kriger in Yawkrom, Western Region, Ghana. Dr. Kriger worked 18 months full-time unpaid when he founded SAVE THE FROGS!.

SAVE THE FROGS! seeks a native English speaker to occasionally review and edit grant proposals and other writing prepared by our volunteers from non-English speaking countries. This position requires a responsible frog enthusiast who has a couple hours per month to assist on a case by case basis. Volunteer must enjoy reading and writing, have a high degree of writing skill, and possess a thorough understanding of the English language.

To apply, please email volunteer@savethefrogs.com with:

(1) Proofreader Volunteer Position in the subject line;
(2) a single paragraph saying why you want to volunteer;
(3) a sample of your writing attached; and
(4) your resume attached.

Thank you for helping SAVE THE FROGS!
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A beautiful glass frog (Hyalinobatrachium bergeri) from Peru.

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.

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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! :-)

I Like Frogs And I Vote

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Cooper Environmental Research is an environmental consulting firm dedicated to researching and protecting aquatic organisms. They study the effects of altered river flow by dams to spawning and migration, sediment characteristics, loss or creation of habitat due to changes in water level, and surveys of streams and rivers to determine distribution and abundance of fish populations. Their work with benthic aquatic organisms have concentrated on distribution and abundance but have included the effects of waste discharges and colonization by invasive species. Learn more about Cooper Environmental Research here:
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Cooper Environmental Research’s support is crucial to our mission of protecting amphibian populations and promoting a society that respects and appreciates nature and wildlife, so are greatly grateful they have sponsored the SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana Expedition to Ghana! Thank you Cooper Environmental Research!

Proud Sponsor STF Ghana Expedition

If your company would like to sponsor the SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana Expedition or if you have any questions, then please visit our Sponsors page. Thank you for your support!

Follow SAVE THE FROGS! on Instagram @savethefrogs
You will see the amazing photos and videos we post on a nearly daily basis. 

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Instagram is possibly the best photo search engine on the planet. Why? Because millions of users upload photos to Instagram every day and the photos are highly searchable based on the #hashtags people add to their photos. That means you can search #frogs #rana #nature #environment #bullfrogs or whatever else you are interested in. Plus the photos are chronological so you can see what's happening TODAY.

To follow SAVE THE FROGS! on Instagram you can either visit www.instagram.com/savethefrogs or better yet:

(1) Download the free Instagram app for iOS or Android.
(2) Create an account
(3) Click the search button at the bottom of your screen and search savethefrogs
(4) Follow us.
(5) Our images will appear in your feed or you can view our page @savethefrogs to find out what we've been up to. You may also see a row of circles across the top of your screen...click on the STF! circle to get our most recent video and photo stories, which will last only 24 hours (our videos and photos in our traditional Instagram feed are more permanent). 

Please like our photos and comment on them...this helps get our page more visibility. You can also direct message us through Instagram. If you have trouble finding us on Instagram please contact us and we will help you out.

See you on Instagram!

SAVE THE FROGS! is now on Snapchat! Find us at username frogsavers

You may be wondering what Snapchat is; or perhaps you think Snapchat's just for kids. Snapchat is actually amazing technology that let's us send you photos and videos from the field with an incredible amount of ease...and delivered right to your smartphone. SAVE THE FROGS! uses Snapchat to send videos of frogs breeding; videos of us saving frogs at habitat restoration events; videos of wetlands being built; videos from our educational events, and interviews with STF! supporters, biologists and volunteers. 

Here's how to find SAVE THE FROGS! on Snapchat:
(1) Download the free Snapchat app for iOS or Android.
(2) Log in or sign up.
(3) Get to the screen where you can Add Friends (likely found by tapping the ghost symbol at the top of the screen...otherwise swipe left, right, up or down until you see the ghost symbol).
(4) Click "Add Friends".
(5) Click Add by Username
(6) Search for frogsavers (that's our official STF! Snapchat username).
(7) Alternatively open Snapchat and point your smartphone camera at the yellow Ghost image below and Snapchat should automaticlly add us.
(8) To see our feed (aka our Story), just open Snapchat and then either swipe left or click the three triangular dots at the bottom right of your screen. If we have posted any photos or videos within the past 24 hours you will see SAVE THE FROGS!, so just click on our name and you'll be able to see our Story!

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Please feel free to send us a message in Snapchat and ask any questions about amphibians. And if you can't figure out how to find us on Snapchat, please contact us and we will help you out!

Thanks to a grant from the Helen and Allan Ridley Charitable Trust, SAVE THE FROGS! is educating thousands of San Francisco students about the importance of amphibians! Through the highly popular San Francisco Tadpole Headstart Program, which is led by SAVE THE FROGS! and our partner Tree Frog Treks, we have already given dozens of free presentations on amphibian conservation to thousands of San Francisco students. Tree Frog Treks compliments the presentations by bringing live native San Francisco tadpoles into classrooms to teach students about metamorphosis and threats to local frogs. Our goal is to get San Francisco kids excited about frogs and interested in protecting them.

SAVE THE FROGS! is able to offer ten FREE presentations about amphibian ecology and conservation to schools in the city of San Francisco. Would your school be interested in such a presentation in April 2017?

If you would like to schedule a presentation, please fill out this form:


“Michael…thank you. Your passion about frogs and what you are trying to do is infectious and so refreshing. It’s also great for kids to see that scientists are humans with curiosity, not only someone in a lab wearing a white cost. Thanks again for a thoughtful and informative presentation.”
- 3rd Grade Teacher at Lawton School, San Francisco, CA

“Hi Mr. Starkey, Thank you so much for presenting at our school! Your presentation was very accessible to all of our students, and information was supported with excellent visuals. Our students can be challenging to engage, but you held their attention the whole time!”
- 7th Grade teacher at Visitacion Valley Middle School, San Francisco, CA

Please know that schools will be picked based on a first-come, first-serve basis. Unfortunately the free presentations are only available to schools in the city of San Francisco. However, we can potentially give presentations at schools in the surrounding Bay Area, but we will require a modest honorarium to cover costs and travel expenses. Tadpoles are not guaranteed to be available through our partner organization Tree Frog Treks. To learn more about the San Francisco Tadpole Headstart Program, please visit:

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Thank you for your support and we look forward to speaking to your class!

FrogWatch USA is a citizen science program of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) that provides individuals, groups, and families with an opportunity to learn about wetlands in their communities and report data on the calls of local frogs and toads. Data have been collected since 1998 from every state in the United States. You do not have to be a frog or toad expert to make an important contribution!

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You should participate if you have:

- An interest in learning about frogs and toads
- The commitment to learn and identify their distinct calls
- The ability to make several evening observations from February through August

You can be directly involved in gathering information that may help stop the decline of these treasured animals. Monitoring can be done independently or as part of a group. A volunteer listens for just three minutes, records what species they hear, and then enters the data into the national Frog Watch Field Scope database. To get started and find free listening workshops near you where you will learn the calls of all local frog and toad species go to: www.aza.org/frogwatch

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SAVE THE FROGS! seeks dedicated frog enthusiasts to fill several new volunteer positions. Volunteers will gain valuable environmental experience, make the world a better place for frogs and humans, and likely enjoy themselves as well! By volunteering you will be joining a highly trained, elite crew of frog savers. Your mission: to protect amphibian populations and to promote a society that respects and appreciates nature and wildlife. Please look through the following volunteer positions and apply only if you are dedicated to amphibians AND reliable. Thank you for your interest in frog conservation!

"You're happiest while you're making the greatest contribution."
-- Robert F. Kennedy


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