A new movement is spreading throughout the world solely dedicated on saving amphibians. Save The Frogs is America’s first and only public charity involving amphibian conservation.
Throughout the last few decades, frog populations have been declining at an alarming rate. According to savethefrogs.com, since 1980 around 200 species have completely disappeared.
This has biologists and conservationists around the world incredibly concerned. The frog populations have been disappearing due to pollution, infectious diseases, habitat loss, invasive species and climate change.
Avid fisherman and outdoorsman, Cody Fisher said “Every good fishing pond I’ve been to has had a lot of frogs. If there’s a lot of frogs, you know the pond is healthy.”
Because of the decline, executive director, Dr. Kerry Kriger, founded Save The Frogs. Dr. Kriger holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Science and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. He is a conservation biologist and the goal of his research is to prevent the extinction of wildlife populations and ensure the Earth has healthy ecosystems.
Save The Frogs was founded in May 2008. Ever since they have been working toward their mission to protect amphibian populations and to promote a society that respects and appreciates nature and wildlife.
Why are frogs so important?
Frogs are vital to the ecosystem for many reasons.
Frogs are an important part of the food web. If they disappear, many other animals will be affected negatively.
Also, frogs are bioindicators. They require very specific, suitable conditions to sustain a healthy life. If frogs are not prospering in an ecosystem, it indicates that there is an environmental disturbance.
Kriger explained that he began this movement by educating himself about frogs and their importance. “I had a vision of a world in which frogs and humans lived in harmony… Few people even knew that amphibians were in trouble, so I started Save The Frogs with my small savings and I worked diligently with complete disregard to anybody who told me Save The Frogs could not succeed,” said Kriger.
Save The Frogs movement is on the rise and gaining more support. Kriger said he needs everyone’s help, especially young people.
Save The Frogs can be supported in a multitude of ways. These include: visiting www.savethefrogs.com, you can also contribute financially, buy merchandise, spread the word via posters or stickers and participate in Save The Frogs Day on April 26, 2014.
If the movement does not succeed there will be substantial consequences that everyone will notice. Frogs are in desperate need of our help, and we must act fast. If we do not take action frogs could completely disappear for good. This would be devastating to not only the environment but the human race as well. So come together and Save The Frogs!