Catty posed this to me a couple of days ago:  “Hey, I was wondering if there’s anything people can do aside from blogging and write checks. Some of my fondest memories involve the time I spent watching amphibians and reptiles- especially frogs. I’d love to see a blog about what the average joe/joette can do, and also a list of other organizations working with Amphibian Ark that maybe needs support as well.”

First, here’s a “12 things to do list.” And at the bottom, I’ll put links to other organizations that would love your help.

  1. (I know you know this already, but…) Donate. The only thing standing in the way of saving 500 amphibian species from extinction is $50-$60 million dollars. You can help pay for the physical implementation of the Amphibian Ark plan by donating through the PayPal button or sending a check to the address on the Ark’s donor page.
  2. Send letters and emails to your elected officials. Governments across the world can allocate funds to pay for the protection of species in their regions. There are a lot of issues demanding their attention, so if you want to see your tax dollars working to avert this mass extinction, you may need to croak (er, speak) pretty loud. Here’s a link to a site that makes it easy to contact your U.S. congressional rep. Here’s how to contact the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, which includes all the wildlife and conservation areas of the federal government.
  3. Learn what your zoo or botanical garden is doing in this effort, and volunteer to help them. Just call them and see where the conversation leads.
  4. Call your state conservation department and ask if they need volunteers to help with any amphibian work or public education campaign. Here’s a link to a site that lists all the state conservation departments.
  5. Ask your child, grandchild, or favorite niece’s teacher to invite the zoo or conservaton department into the classroom to talk about the problem.
  6. Cut and paste this post from my blog and forward it to 10 friends, and ask them to do the same.
  7. Call the science or environment reporter at your local newspaper, and ask him or her to do a story on the topic. Do the same with your favorite TV meteorologist.
  8. Ask your mayor or city council to proclaim Feb. 29, 2008 (yes, it’s Leap Day) as the official “Day of the Frog” to encourage the public to get educated on the issue. You can include any of the documents from the Amphibian Ark Web site as attachments to your letters or emails.
  9. Ask your favorite radio personality to get behind the cause and conduct a “frog-a-thon” to raise funds for Amphibian Ark.
  10. Make a funny leapfrog video — yeah, you and some friends leapfrogging — display at the end of it — and post it on YouTube and send it to friends. 
  11. Reduce your impact on the environment. This great post explains more.
  12. Sign the online petition to save the frogs.

Now, about those other organizations, besides Amphibian Ark, that could use some help:

(Do a search for “amphibian rescue” for many rescue organizations)