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After 11 years, and over a quarter million reads, we are moving the Frog Blog!

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Don't worry, we will still be publishing regularly on amphibians, amphibian conservation, the Amphibian Foundation's programs, and all things slimy! We are simply moving our platform to Patreon, where our membership program lives. This will consolidate our messaging in one place, provide more opportunities to connect with us & get involved, and encourage our readers to get further involved as members.

Most articles will still be accessible whether you sign up or not, though we hope you will join us at a level that works for you. In these trying times, our conservation initiatives rely on member support more than ever, and we couldn't have come this far without our local, regional, and global members! Our Patreon program also provides opportunities to join at the Partner Level, for those that would like to get deeper involved in conservation into the future.

Please see our new Patreon page and blog: patreon.com/amphibianfoundation

Practical Advice for Coping with Copperheads in Atlanta

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I stumbled upon this article this morning, while doing research for my Biology of the Reptiles course at Agnes Scott College. I was, of course, put off by the title 'Good Snakes vs Bad Snakes' but could quickly guess what this author was referring to by 'Bad Snakes' - She was undoubtedly speaking of Atlanta's most despised vertebrate — the Copperhead.
At the Amphibian Foundation, we have initiated a Copperhead Rescue and Advocacy Program for two reasons: 1) We feel an obligation, which started with amphibians, to speak out for the underdog, persecuted, and the misunderstood wildlife in our neighborhoods (Box Turtles and Snapping Turtles also fall into one or more of these categories) — and 2) We were 'forced' into this position by the immediate inundation of Copperhead calls and messages we started receiving once we opened our doors in Buckhead in 2016.
Part of our Copperhead program involves providing free workshops for the community, so that people can und…

Very proud of how our Amphibian Research and Conservation Center (AKA MetamorphosisMeadow) is shaping up!⁠

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Through a grant from Memphis Zoo, we have expanded to 33 artificial wetlands for breeding and head-starting imperiled amphibians.⁠ ⁠ In the next week or two, we will be adding Gopher Frog tadpoles!

Re-issue of expired Care2 Article by Tex Dworkin and Mark Mandica

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The article that my dear friend Tex and I worked on 4 years ago is no longer accessible on the Care2 site where it was published. I thought I would post it here, as it provided a wonderful opportunity to connect with conservation minded folks, who were not necessarily aware of the global amphibian extinction crisis. You can still find remnants of the original article on Pintrest.

Plus, it was the first time I ever had my cell phone photography featured in a publication. It's a very nice piece, and brought a lot of attention to amphibians. I thought, given all that has been happening with quarantines and COVID-19, it would be a good time to share some of my favorite frog pictures.  Some of the language has been updated
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Meet 10 Stunning Frogs Whose Populations are Dwindling

For the past 25 years or so, amphibians have been disappearing globally from developed areas as well as pristine environments. 43% of the world’s 7,000+ amphibian species have been documented as in declin…

Amphibian Foundation launches a new membership program on Patreon

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We are excited to announce our new partnership with Patreon, a world renowned platform for connecting communities of people passionate about the same thing.

The Amphibian Foundation is using the platform to help create a safer world for amphibians. The global community of amphibian conservationists, enthusiasts, and supporters can join us on Patreon for a special experience, and Patreon allows us to connect with you all in a more direct and deeper way.

Membership with the Amphibian Foundation brings us much needed support for our conservation initiatives. Since starting in 2016, we have developed a model by which we could, in essence, support our conservation initiatives ourselves through engaging, dynamic, and inspirational programming for all ages. Programs such as Critter Camp and the Master Herpetologist Program have been a wildly successful part of our mission — raising awareness as well as financial support.

As a result of COVID-19, we are temporarily unable to offer these prog…

Memphis Zoo & Amphibian Foundation: Working Together to Conserve Georgia's Rarest Frog, the Gopher Frog

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In 2019, the Memphis Zoo and the Amphibian Foundation began collaborating on a project to further conserve the Gopher Frog, Rana (Lithobates) capito, through a Memphis Zoo Conservation Action Network (CAN) Grant. The grant was aimed at supporting the expansion of both the in situ and ex situ research initiatives developing at the Amphibian Foundation, and we are extremely grateful for the zoo's support in this project.

In situ Goals

Amphibian Foundation staff serve on the Gopher Frog Task Team, which is an ad hoc interstate group of agencies and institutions dedicated to conserving this imperiled species throughout its range. The team targets populations in need of conservation and augmentation, as well as identifying areas in need of restoration to support wild populations of the species. We are happy for the opportunity to contribute in this talented and passionate group.




In a task team meeting, we identified Alligator Creek Wildlife Management Area (ACWMA) as a survey site for t…

2020 Status Update: Frosted Flatwoods Salamanders (Atlantic clade)

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We can once again confirm that the Frosted Flatwoods Salamander,Ambystoma cingulatum, is not extinct in Georgia, though we did not find many (yet) in our surveys of the last known population of the species on the East Coast — Fort Stewart Army Base, Liberty County, GA. For some background on the species status and conservation efforts, see previous blog articles on the topic here.