A day to celebrate (and save) the world’s amphibians.
Friday, April 30th is for the frogs: educational programs, conservation walks with experts, frog leaping races, and the world’s first protest to save frogs are all planned for the world’s 2nd Annual Save the Frogs Day. Organized by the non-profit SAVE THE FROGS!, events are so far planned in 15 countries on every continent besides Antarctica—fittingly the only continent that lacks amphibians.
When asked why frogs matter, Kriger says: “I could tell you that frogs are bioindicators; that they eat ticks, mosquitoes and flies that spread diseases and damage our crops; that a large number of our pharmaceuticals are derived from frogs; that frogs provide innumerable ecosystem services to humans. All that is true, but those are all selfish reasons.”
The real reason?
“Frogs are an integral part of our existence on the planet, and they have as much right to inhabit the Earth as we do,” Kriger concludes.
Thank you for taking the time to send a message to President Obama. Together, we’re a powerful voice in the fight to protect Idaho’s wolves and other imperiled wildlife.
Make sure President Obama hears your message! Call the White House comment line at 202-456-1111 and deliver this simple message:
“My name is ___________ and I’m calling from ________ to urge President Obama to restore Endangered Species Act protections for wolves in Idaho and Montana.
Americans have worked too hard to rescue these wolves from the brink of extinction to allow officials in Idaho and Montana to eliminate more than two-thirds of the region's wolves through hunting and other methods.”
Call the White House ! Please accept my gratitude for your efforts today. With your help, we can stop Idaho’s deadly wolf hunt, save the lives of wolves and ensure a brighter future for these magnificent animals.
Serious threat to the largest surviving Elephant Population in India
The largest single population of Asian elephants in the world, about 1000 individuals, is found in a 4500sq km area where the three Indian states of Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka meet.
The best forage is in the Tamil Nadu section but the elephants need to migrate to Kerala and Karnataka each summer when water and food become scarce. In order to migrate the elephants must pass through a corridor which is only about 2.5 km wide.
The major inter-state highway which links Bangalore with Calicut passes through this corridor. It is used by hundreds of vehicles round the clock. Recently a decision was made to relocate four different Kerala government check-posts to within the corridor. This would involve all manner of infrastructure – building complexes, housing, offices, toilets and dormitories for drivers, a fuel filling station and so on. Trenches are already being dug to prevent the elephants from migrating, thus threatening their survival. A suitable alternative site for these check-posts exists outside the forest.
Please help prevent the severance of this critical corridor.
to the Chief Minister of Kerala cc Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India cc Kerala Minister for Forests and Wildlife cc Kerala Minister for Finance cc Principal Chief Conservator of Kerala Forests cc Chief Conservator of Kerala Forests cc Project Elephant, Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India
Asia’s largest remaining population of wild elephants is found in the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. These elephants face a variety of serious threats.
The most serious threat (and also the easiest to remedy) is the proposed relocation of four government departmental check-posts on the inter-state highway linking Bangalore with Calicut near Muthanga. If implemented, the proposal would prevent the annual migration of the wild elephants between Tamil Nadu and Kerala which is necessary for their very survival.
We request that the Government of Kerala relocates these checking stations to outside the forest corridor and takes additional measures to ensure the continued flourishing of these magnificent animals.
These measures include ensuring that trenches do not block elephant access to the Nulpuzha River within this corridor and the prohibition of vehicle movement on the Bangalore-Calicut Highway between 11 p.m. and 4 a.m.
Save California Condor Habitat From Tejon Ranch Developments
The majestic and endangered California condor needs your help. The condor and 25 other species that live on Tejon Ranch are being threatened by a developer-friendly habitat conservation plan proposed by the Tejon Ranch Company. Please send a letter to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service asking that it not allow the company to harm California condors and the other rare species that live on the ranch and that it send the proposed habitat conservation plan back to the drawing board.
In order to develop a luxury mega-resort, the Tejon Ranch Company is asking the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for permission to harm the iconic California condor and 25 other rare species that call Tejon Ranch home. Through a so-called habitat conservation plan – the Tehachapi Uplands Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan – the company seeks the legal authority to harass and harm California condors and destroy their habitat. Why? So that Tejon Ranch can construct a sprawling development of commercial space, golf courses, hotels, and a gated estate of speculative mogul mansions in the heart of habitat that has been designated as critical to the survival and recovery of the condor.
This plan is a poster child for poor planning – not only guaranteeing harm to condors, but fragmenting habitat and increasing fire threats in what is considered the wild heart of California. California condors are only now making a comeback from the brink of extinction thanks to huge investments from private and public funds, time, and energy. We cannot allow our investment in this iconic bird to be spoiled by development greed, especially in an era of unprecedented mortgage foreclosures and financial woe. High-end luxury resorts do not depend upon condor critical habitat for survival, but condors do.
Please take action now by asking the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to deny the plan. A sample letter is below, and we urge you to add a personal story, example, or concern to your message to make it more compelling. Comments are due May 5.
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