02/3/19

Winners of the 2018 Frogs Are Green Kids Art Contest

We are so pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 kids art contest. We are publishing the results of the age group categories first (3-6, 7-9, 10-12, 13-17) with more winners/categories to follow in the coming weeks.

Frogs Are Green received 2700 artworks from more than 35 countries and from states in the USA coast-to-coast! Full description forthcoming!

Winners – Age group 3-6

1st-place-Rose-Golestan-6-yrs-Iran

1st place, Rose Golestan, 6 yrs old, Iran

2nd-place, Ananya Atul Bajpayee, 5 years old, India

2nd-place, Ananya Atul Bajpayee, 5 years old, India

3rd-place, Trapa Choudhury, 5 yrs old, India

3rd-place, Trapa Choudhury, 5 yrs old, India

4th-place, Kirill Zhukov (6 years old), Russia, St. Petersburg

4th-place, Kirill Zhukov (6 years old), Russia, St. Petersburg

Ja Aswaa, 6 years old, India

Ja Aswaa, 6 years old, India, Honorable Mention

Minul Demitha Singappuli , 5 years old, Sri Lanka

Minul Demitha Singappuli , 5 years old, Sri Lanka, Honorable Mention

Abraham Pramanik, 6 years old, Canada

Abraham Pramanik, 6 years old, Canada, Honorable Mention

1st-place-Rose-Golestan-6-yrs-Iran thumbnail
2nd-place-Ananya Atul Bajpayee, 5 years old, India thumbnail
3rd-place-Trapa Choudhury, 5 yrs old, India thumbnail
4th-place-Kirill Zhukov (6 years old), Russia, St. Petersburg thumbnail
Ja Aswaa, 6 years old, India thumbnail
Minul Demitha Singappuli , 5 years old, Sri Lanka thumbnail
Abraham Pramanik, 6 years old, Canada thumbnail

1st Place, Rose Golestan, 6 years old, Iran
2nd Place, Ananya Atul Bajpayee, 5 years old, India
3rd Place, Trapa Choudhury, 5 years old, India
4th Place, Kirill Zhukov, 6 years old, Russia
  Honorable Mentions:
Ja Aswaa, 6 years old, India
Minul Demitha Singappuli, 5 years old, Sri Lanka
Abraham Pramanik, 6 years old, Canada
 

Winners – Age group 7-9

1st place-Selena-Chen-9-yrs-Canada

1st place, Selena Chen, 9 years old, Canada

2nd place-Michelle-Law-8-yrs-old-Hong-Kong

2nd place, Michelle Law, 8 years old, Hong Kong

3rd place, Wimootta Aramsaengchan, age 7, Thailand

3rd place, Wimootta Aramsaengchan, age 7, Thailand

4th place, Kira Orlova, Age 8, Russia

4th place, Kira Orlova, Age 8, Russia

Ceylin Soyoğlu, 7-9 age group, Turkey

Ceylin Soyoğlu, 7-9 age group, Turkey

Lindsay Choe, 8 years old, CA

Lindsay Choe, 8 years old, CA

Naysita-Nurcahyan-9-yrs-Indonesia

Naysita Nurcahyan, 9 years old, Indonesia

Teddy-Huang-9-yrs-CA-USA

Teddy Huang, 9 years old, CA, USA

Worth-Logriga-9-yrs-old-Philippines-Saving-The-Rainforest-Oil-Pastels

Worth-Logriga-9-yrs-old-Philippines-Saving-The-Rainforest-Oil-Pastels

Krushna P. Prabhu, 9 Years, India

Krushna P. Prabhu, 9 Years, India

1st place-Selena-Chen-9-yrs-Canada thumbnail
2nd place-Michelle-Law-8-yrs-old-Hong-Kong thumbnail
3rd place, Wimootta Aramsaengchan, age 7, Thailand thumbnail
4th place, Kira Orlova, Age 8, Russia thumbnail
Ceylin Soyoğlu, 7-9 age group, Turkey thumbnail
Lindsay Choe, 8 years old, CA thumbnail
Naysita-Nurcahyan-9-yrs-Indonesia thumbnail
Teddy-Huang-9-yrs-CA-USA thumbnail
Worth-Logriga-9-yrs-old-Philippines-Saving-The-Rainforest-Oil-Pastels thumbnail
Krushna P. Prabhu, 9 Years, India thumbnail
1st Place, Selena Chen, 9 years old, Canada
2nd Place, Michelle Law, 8 years old, China
3rd Place, Wimootta Aramsaengchan, 7 years old, Thailand
4th Place, Kira Orlova, 8 years old, Russia
  Honorable Mentions:
Ceylin Soyoglu, 7-9 age grp, Turkey
Lindsay Choe, 8 years old, CA, USA
Naysita Nurcahyan, 9 years old, Indonesia
Teddy Huang, 9 years old, CA, USA
Worth Lodriga, 9 years old, Philippines
Krushna P. Prabhu, 9 years old, India
 

Winners – Age group 10-12

1st-place, Andrew Tao, 12 years old, Canada

1st-place, Andrew Tao, 12 years old, Canada

2nd-place, Eva Zeng, 11 Years old, Canada

2nd-place, Eva Zeng, 11 Years old, Canada

3rd-place, Hiranyika Aphithanang, age 10, Thailand

3rd-place, Hiranyika Aphithanang, age 10, Thailand

Wing-Lam-Mok-10-yrs-old-Big-House-Art-Workshop-China

Wing-Lam-Mok-10-yrs-old-Big-House-Art-Workshop-China

Anna Bashirian, 12 years, Wisconsin, USA

Anna Bashirian, 12 years, Wisconsin, USA

Teresa Tao, 12 years old, CA, Frog still-life, black and white,

Teresa Tao, 12 years old, CA, USA, Frog still-life, black and white,

Tamacinchi Maria-Magdalena, 12 years, Moldova

Tamacinchi Maria-Magdalena, 12 years, Moldova

Picnic by the bank, Jane Ser, 10 years old, CA

Picnic by the bank, Jane Ser, 10 years old, CA

Natchapat Nakkham , age 11, Thailand

Natchapat Nakkham , age 11, Thailand

1st-place, Andrew Tao, 12 years old, Canada thumbnail
2nd-place, Eva Zeng, 11 Years old, Canada thumbnail
3rd-place, Hiranyika Aphithanang, age 10, Thailand thumbnail
Wing-Lam-Mok-10-yrs-old-Big-House-Art-Workshop-China thumbnail
Anna Bashirian, 12 years, Wisconsin, USA thumbnail
Frog still-life, black and white,Teresa Tao, 12 years old, CA thumbnail
Tamacinchi Maria-Magdalena, 12 years, Tropical, tea-r Ciusova Ecaterina,Cahul,Moldova thumbnail
Picnic by the bank, Jane Ser, 10 years old, CA thumbnail
Natchapat Nakkham , age 11, Thailand thumbnail

1st Place, Andrew Tao, 12 years old, Canada
2nd Place, Eva Zeng, 11 years old, Canada
3rd Place, Hiranyika Aphithanang, 10 years old, Thailand
  Honorable Mentions:
Wing Lam Mok, 10 years old, China
Anna Bashirian, 12 years old, WI, USA
Teresa Tao, 12 years old, CA, USA
Tamacinchi Maria-Magdelena, 12 years old, Moldova
Jane Ser, 10 years old, CA, USA
Natchapat, 11 years old, Thailand
 
1st place, Hailin Zheng, 13 years, Canada

1st place, Hailin Zheng, 13 years, Canada

2nd place, Fitri Nuraliza, 14 years old, Indonesia

2nd place, Fitri Nuraliza, 14 years old, Indonesia

3rd Place, Sahana Hariharan, 13 years old, CA, USA

3rd Place, Sahana Hariharan, 13 years old, CA, USA

Gulnaz Serikbay, 16 years old, Kazakhstan

Gulnaz Serikbay, 16 years old, Kazakhstan

Alpieva Altynai, 14 yrs, Kazakhstan

Alpieva Altynai, 14 yrs, Kazakhstan

Cioclea Nicoleta, 17 years, Moldova

Cioclea Nicoleta, 17 years, Moldova

Yash Kashyap, 13 years old, Singapore

Yash Kashyap, 13 years old, Singapore

Siva Shankar V-14-yrs-old-India

Siva Shankar V, 14 yrs old, India

1st place, Hailin Zheng, 13 years, Canada thumbnail
2nd place, Fitri Nuraliza, 14 years old, Indonesia thumbnail
3rd Place, Sahana Hariharan, 13 years old, CA, USA thumbnail
Gulnaz Serikbay, 16 years old, Kazakhstan thumbnail
Alpieva Altynai, 14 yrs, Kazakhstan thumbnail
Cioclea Nicoleta, 17 years, Moldova thumbnail
Yash Kashyap, 13 years old, Singapore thumbnail
Siva Shankar V-14-yrs-old-India-2 thumbnail

1st Place, Hailin Zheng, 13 years old, Canada
2nd Place, Fitzi Nuraliza, 14 years old, Indonesia
3rd Place, Sahana Hariharan, 13 years old, CA, USA
  Honorable Mentions:
Gulnaz Serikbay, 16 years old, Kazakhstan
Alpieva Altynai, 14 years old, Kazakhstan
Cloclea Nicoleta, 17 years old, Moldova
Yash Kashyap, 13 years old, Singapore
Siva Shankar, 14 years old, India
 

Winners: Best Rainforest Scenic Art

1st Place, Worth Lodriga, 9 yrs old, Philippines, Saving The Rainforest, Oil Pastels

1st Place, Worth Lodriga, 9 yrs old, Philippines, Saving The Rainforest, Oil Pastels

2nd Place, Mary Petushchak, 15 years. Ukraine

2nd Place, Mary Petushchak, 15 years. Ukraine

3rd Place, Kaya Yuzseven, 13 Years old, Turkey

3rd Place, Kaya Yuzseven, 13 Years old, Turkey

4th Place, Martin Boyd, 12 yrs old, Canada

4th Place, Martin Boyd, 12 yrs old, Canada

Simerjeet Mudhas, 15 yrs old, Chill Frog, Jersey City, NJ, USA

Simerjeet Mudhas, 15 yrs old, Chill Frog, Jersey City, NJ, USA

Paphamat Napattalung,age 7, Thailand

Paphamat Napattalung,age 7, Thailand

Aayushi-Sen, 8 yrs old, India

Aayushi-Sen, 8 yrs old, India

Sayee Ghoderao, 9 years old, Jersey City, New Jersey, USA

Sayee Ghoderao, 9 years old, Jersey City, New Jersey, USA

1st Place, Worth-Lodriga-9-yrs-old-Philippines-Saving-The-Rainforest-Oil-Pastels thumbnail
2nd Place, Mary Petushchak, 15 years. Ukraine thumbnail
3rd Place, Kaya Yuzseven, 13 Years old, Turkey thumbnail
4th Place, Martin Boyd, 12 yrs old, Canada thumbnail
Simerjeet-Mudhas-15-yrs-old-Chill-Frog-Jersey-City-NJ-USA thumbnail
Paphamat Napattalung,age 7, Thailand thumbnail
Aayushi-Sen, 8 yrs old, India thumbnail
Sayee Ghoderao, 9 years old, Jersey City, New Jersey, USA thumbnail

1st Place, Worth Lodriga, 9 years old, Philippines
2nd Place, Mary Petushchak, 15 years old, Ukraine
3rd Place, Kaya Yuzseven, 13 years old, Turkey
4th Place, Martin Boyd, 12 years old, Canada
  Honorable Mentions:
Simerjeet Mudhas, 15 years old, Jersey City, NJ, USA
Aayushi-Sen, 8 years old, India
Paphamat Napattalung, 7 years old, Thailand
Sayee Ghoderao, 9 years old, Jersey City, NJ, USA
 

Winners: Best Rainforest Wildlife Art

1st Place, Nazarova Marina 11 years Russia Volzhskiy

1st Place, Nazarova Marina 11 years Russia Volzhskiy

2nd Place, Naina Surana, 11 years old, India

2nd Place, Naina Surana, 11 years old, India

3rd Place, Hiranyika Aphithanang, age 10, Thailand

3rd Place, Hiranyika Aphithanang, age 10, Thailand

4th Place, Shitikova Yekaterina, 11 years old, Russia, Oryol, A pretty frog

4th Place, Shitikova Yekaterina, 11 years old, Russia, Oryol, A pretty frog

Dasha Nilova, 16 years old, Russia

Dasha Nilova, 16 years old, Russia

Gulnaz Serikbay, Kazakhstan, 16 years old, Kazakhstan

Gulnaz Serikbay, Kazakhstan, 16 years old, Kazakhstan

LI Ngok Tung, 5 years old, Hong Kong, China

LI Ngok Tung, 5 years old, Hong Kong, China

Roya Tasnin, 9 years old, USA, Rainforest and Circle of Mother Nature

Roya Tasnin, 9 years old, USA, Rainforest and Circle of Mother Nature

1st Place, Nazarova Marina 11 years Russia Volzhskiy thumbnail
2nd Place, Naina Surana, 11 years old, India thumbnail
3rd Place, Hiranyika Aphithanang, age 10, Thailand thumbnail
4th Place, Shitikova Yekaterina, 11 years old, Russia, Oryol, A pretty frog thumbnail
Dasha Nilova, 16 years old, Russia thumbnail
Gulnaz Serikbay, Kazakhstan, 16 years old, Kazakhstan thumbnail
LI Ngok Tung, 5 years old, Hong Kong, China thumbnail
Roya Tasnin, 9 years old, USA, Rainforest and Circle of Mother Nature thumbnail

1st Place, Nazarova Marina, 11 years old, Russia
2nd Place, Naina Surana, 11 years old, India
3rd Place, Hiranyika Aphithanang, 10 years old, Thailand
4th Place, Shitikova Yekaterina, 11 years old, Russia
  Honorable Mentions:
Dasha Nilova, 16 years old, Russia
Gulnaz Serikbay, 16 years old, Kazakhstan
LI Ngok Tung, 5 years old, Hong Kong, China
Roya Tasnin, 9 years old, USA
 

Winners: Best Environmental Message Art


1st Place, Taffy Chen, 11 yrs old, USA, Vicious circle of drought in forest

1st Place, Taffy Chen, 11 yrs old, USA, Vicious circle of drought in forest

2nd Place, Natchapat Nakkham , age 11, Thailand

2nd Place, Natchapat Nakkham , age 11, Thailand

3rd Place, Eileen-Nyaba-16-yrs-old-Save-the-Rainforest-Jersey-City-NJ-USA

3rd Place, Eileen Nyaba, 16 yrs old, Save the Rainforest, Jersey City, NJ, USA

4th Place, David-Guo, 11 years old, Canada

4th Place, David-Guo, 11 years old, Canada

Alpieva Altynai, 14 years old, Kazakhstan

Alpieva Altynai, 14 years old, Kazakhstan

Ananya Aloke, 14 years old, India, Frogs_Are_Green

Ananya Aloke, 14 years old, India, Frogs_Are_Green

Daniel Organ, 14 years old, USA, El Nino Fire in Amazon

Daniel Organ, 14 years old, USA, El Nino Fire in Amazon

Mana Sorahi, 16 yrs old, Iran, Frogs Are Green contest 2018

Mana Sorahi, 16 yrs old, Iran, Frogs Are Green contest 2018

Selena-Chen-9-yrs-Canada

Selena Chen, 9 years old, Canada

Tanaporn Suparuksuebwong, age 10, Thailand

Tanaporn Suparuksuebwong, age 10, Thailand

Cynthia Zou, 16 years old, Maryland, USA

Cynthia Zou, 16 years old, Maryland, USA

1st Place, Taffy Chen, 11 yrs old, USA, Vicious circle of drought in forest thumbnail
2nd Place, Natchapat Nakkham , age 11, Thailand thumbnail
3rd Place, Eileen-Nyaba-16-yrs-old-Save-the-Rainforest-Jersey-City-NJ-USA thumbnail
4th Place, David-Guo, 11 years old, Canada thumbnail
Alpieva Altynai 14 years old Kazakhstan thumbnail
Ananya Aloke, 14 years old, India, Frogs_Are_Green thumbnail
Daniel Organ, 14 years old, USA, El Nino Fire in Amazon thumbnail
Mana Sorahi, 16 yrs old, Iran, Frogs Are Green contest 2018 thumbnail
Selena-Chen-9-yrs-Canada thumbnail
Tanaporn Suparuksuebwong, age 10, Thailand thumbnail
Cynthia Zou, 16 years old, Maryland, USA thumbnail

1st Place, Taffy Chen, 11 years old, USA
2nd Place, Natchapat Nakkham, 11 years old, Thailand
3rd Place, Eileen Nyaba, 16 years old, Jersey City, NJ, USA
4th Place, David Guo, 11 years old, Canada
  Honorable Mentions:
Alpieva Altynail, 14 years old, Kazakhstan
Ananya Aloke, 14 years old, India
Daniel Organ, 14 years old, USA
Mana Sorahi, 16 years old, Iran
Selena Chen, 9 years old, Canada
Tana Suparuksuebwong, 10 years old, Thailand
Cynthia Zou, 16 years old, Maryland, USA
 

Best Black and White Artwork:


1st-place, Shitikova Yekaterina, 11 years old, Russia, Oryol, Ecological disaster, BW

1st-place, Shitikova Yekaterina, 11 years old, Russia, Oryol, Ecological disaster

2nd-place, Elçin Sefer, 14 years old,Turkey

2nd-place, Elçin Sefer, 14 years old,Turkey

3rd-place, Setthasan Jirathanaprasert, age 13, Thailand

3rd-place, Setthasan Jirathanaprasert, age 13, Thailand

Dashidondokova Adisa, 10 years old

Dashidondokova Adisa, 10 years old

Ekrem Arda KUMUS, 9 years old, TURKEY

Ekrem Arda KUMUS, 9 years old, TURKEY

Kochetova Elizaveta Vyacheslavovna, 12 years old, Frog dreams, Russia-BW

Kochetova Elizaveta Vyacheslavovna, 12 years old, Frog dreams, Russia

Samigulina Damilla, 13-17 age grp

Samigulina Damilla, 13-17 age grp

1st-place, Shitikova Yekaterina, 11 years old, Russia, Oryol, Ecological disaster, BW thumbnail
2nd-place, Elçin Sefer, 14 years old,Turkey-contrast thumbnail
3rd-place, Setthasan Jirathanaprasert, age 13, Thailand thumbnail
Dashidondokova Adisa, 10 years old thumbnail
Ekrem Arda KUMUS, 9 years old, TURKEY thumbnail
Kochetova Elizaveta Vyacheslavovna 12 years old Frog dreams Russia-BW thumbnail
Samigulina Damilla, 13-17 age grp thumbnail

1st Place, Yekaterina Shitikova, 11 years old, Russia
2nd Place, Elcin Sefer, 14 years old, Turkey
3rd Place, Setthasan Jirathanaprasert, 13 years old, Thailand
  Honorable Mentions:
Adisa Dashidondokova, 10 years old
Ekrem Arda Kumus, 9 years old, Turkey
Elizaveta Kochetova Vyacheslavovna, 12 years old, Russia
Damilla Samigulina, 13-17 age grp
 

Best 3D Artwork


1st-place, Julie Knauth, 10 years old, CA, USA, 3D art, 3D amazon creatures, clay

1st-place, Julie Knauth, 10 years old, CA, USA, 3D art, 3D amazon creatures, clay

2nd-place, 3D Save the Rainforest by Isha Deshmukh, 7 yrs, New Jersey, USA

2nd-place, 3D Save the Rainforest by Isha Deshmukh, 7 yrs, New Jersey, USA

3rd-place, Margarita Kovalenko, 8 years, Russia

3rd-place, Margarita Kovalenko, 8 years, Russia

Andrew Qiu, 16 yrs old, Canada

Andrew Qiu, 16 yrs old, Canada

Turtle pond, Yuna Han, 9 years old, CA , 3d art

Turtle pond, Yuna Han, 9 years old, CA , 3d art

Abigail Knauth, 7 years old, CA, USA, 3D art

Abigail Knauth, 7 years old, CA, USA, 3D art

Shchekochikhina Veronika, 6 years old, Russia, 3D

Shchekochikhina Veronika, 6 years old, Russia, 3D

3D Rainforest Life by Vihaan Deshmukh, 7yrs, New Jersey USA

3D Rainforest Life by Vihaan Deshmukh, 7yrs, New Jersey USA

1st-place, Julie Knauth_10 yo_USA_CA 3D art 3D amazon creatures, clay thumbnail
2nd-place, 3D Save the Rainforest by Isha Deshmukh, 7 yrs, New Jersey, USA thumbnail
3rd-place, Margarita Kovalenko, 8 years, Russia thumbnail
Andrew Qiu, 16 yrs old, Canada thumbnail
Turtle pond, Yuna Han, 9 years old, CA , 3d art thumbnail
Abigail Knauth_7 yo_USA_CA_3D art thumbnail
Shchekochikhina Veronika, 6 years old, Russia, 3D thumbnail
3D Rainforest Life by Vihaan Deshmukh, 7yrs, New Jersey USA thumbnail

1st Place, Julie Knauth, 10 years old, CA, USA
2nd Place, Isha Deshmukh, 7 years old, NJ, USA
3rd Place, Margarita Kovalenko, 8 years old, Russia
  Honorable Mentions:
Andrew Qiu, 16 years old, Canada
Yuna Han, 9 years old, CA, USA
Abigail Knauth, 7 years old, CA, USA
Veronika Shchekochikhira, 6 years old, Russia
Vihaan Deshmukh, 7 years old, NJ, USA
 
08/30/18

On the Brink of Extinction: Preserving the Frog Population in the State of New York

It is difficult to believe that such an adaptable species would ever be at risk of extinction. Many people attribute the decline in the frog population to climate change; however, wood frogs have proven to be adaptable in a variety of climates. Researchers have found that the wood frog population native to New York are capable of freezing themselves during the winter, stopping their hearts and all brain activity, only to thaw out in the spring and begin to search for food and a mate. Frogs can locate their food source virtually anywhere, but they always mate in water. Therefore, in order to attract frogs to your garden this spring, a small area with water such as a pond is a necessity.

Bullfrogs - Photo by Ken Goulding on Unsplash

Photo by Ken Goulding on Unsplash

Adaptation and Survival

Due in large part to the recommendation of Lili Winkelman, a fourth-grade student from Syracuse, the wood frog has been unofficially named as the State amphibian for New York. While the wood frog has shown an uncanny ability to adapt to its environment, according to the United States Geological Survey, many other species of frog are in a severe state of decline due to climate change, pesticides and disease. Welcoming frogs in to your garden can help to provide them with the safe and stable environment that they need in order to stabilize and rebuild their population.

How Frogs Help 

While you attract wood frogs to your garden, thereby helping to preserve and grow the frog population, they will help to preserve your garden. Frogs can be particularly helpful in a vegetable garden because they consume pests and insects. A single frog can consume up to 10,000 pests and insects in a single season. This can help preserve your garden naturally, while saving you money on pesticides. A natural and environmentally friendly space is particularly important to the survival of frogs because they breathe through their skin; therefore, pesticides are particularly toxic to them since they can be easily and unintentionally ingested.

Welcoming frogs in to your garden will not only help to grow their population locally, it will also help your garden grow naturally and economically. By building a small pond and shelter, you can help prevent the potential extinction of a species while helping your garden grow in a safe and natural environment, without the use of chemicals or pesticides.

Guest blog by Jennifer Dawson

07/25/18

‘Save All Frogs’ Initiative Launched!

Save All Frogs‘ Initiative Launched!

Matt Ellerbeck – Frog Advocate & Conservationist

Frogs are one of the most diverse forms of herpetofauna in the province of Ontario, boasting more species than turtles, lizards, or salamanders. Yet, there is no outreach education effort solely devoted to these amphibians within the province.

This is unfortunate as many frog species are threatened with extinction. Furthermore, the endangerment of frogs is not exclusive to regions outside of Ontario. Several of the province’s native species are in serious decline.

The Great Lake/St. Lawrence population (east and north of Toronto) of the Western Chorus Frog (Pseudacris triseriata) is listed as Threatened under the federal Species at Risk Act. The Fowler’s Toad (Anaxyrus fowleri) is even more at risk, being listed as Endangered. Worse still, the diminutive Northern Cricket Frog (Acris crepitans) is considered extinct from Ontario.

More of Ontario’s frogs could also be disappearing, as many species have not yet been properly assessed.

This is what inspired me to launch my Save All Frogs project. With this effort I will be educating individuals throughout the province on why frogs are disappearing, what roles they play in the environment, and most importantly how they can help.

I will be emphasizing as I visit schools, camps, conservation areas and other venues that individuals can become involved with the recovery of frogs via behavioral changes, informed decision making, environmental stewardship actions, and habitat management efforts.

Education has been noted as an effective conservation tool by numerous groups and organizations. The Amphibian and Reptile Conservancy (ARC) states that it recognizes the need to increase awareness, appreciation, and understanding of amphibians, reptiles and their habitats, which can then enhance conservation actions and stewardship practices. The Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust also proclaims that education is one of the most important tools in the long-term conservation of amphibians and reptiles. By raising awareness, enhancing knowledge and encouraging people to take action, real steps can be made towards conserving amphibian and reptile species.

This is why I am committed to educating the public on the plight of frogs!

Save All Frogs - Matt Ellerbeck
 

06/28/18

Salamander from the Rainforest painted on Catch Basin

Update from the corner of Bleecker Street and Central Avenue in Jersey City Heights!

 

Jersey City’s adopt a catch basin program is thriving! It’s very simple. Sign up to take care of a catch basin (storm drain) and the City of Jersey City will assign an artist to paint something original for you. It’s a win-win situation! The city receives help from the public to keep these drains clear of garbage and snow/ice in the winter and we get beautiful artwork that passers by admire. In addition, because they are of an environmental nature, it helps remind the public to keep the streets clean.

Swati Rastogi and Susan Newman salamander catch basin jersey city heights

Last year I noticed a beautiful artwork done by artist Swati Rastogi and requested her as the artist for my second corner (opposite last year’s frog). I was so excited when she contacted me this week because it was time for her to paint the corner.

Here’s what Swati wrote about this project:

“I never knew what a Salamander was until I was asked by the city to paint one at the corner of Central Avenue & Bleecker Street in Jersey City.

Susan Newman who adopted this catch basin has proudly named it “Biodiversity Matters” and is actively letting the residents know about the program.

Honestly this “adopt a catch basin” campaign is making the city much more vibrant and creating awareness for how important it is to keep the sewers clean.

Thank you for choosing me as your artist!.”

– Swati Rastogi

 

I wrote about this program last year in greater detail, so check out the article about the program and why it’s so important.

Adopt a Catch Basin Frog Art

05/26/18

Frogs Are Green at Jersey City City Council

On Monday, May 21, 2018, Susan Newman addressed the Jersey City City Council about Frogs Are Green’s mission and the children’s artwork up in the Caucus room. A curated selection of the 2017 winners in our Annual kids’ art contest.

Below is a transcript and the video of that event.

“Good afternoon Council President Lavarro and Jersey City City Council members. I am deeply honored to be here today to talk for a few minutes about Frogs Are Green.

We are on an awareness mission to educate the public about the threats to frogs and amphibians. Frogs are threatened by habitat loss, climate change, pollution, and disease. Because they breathe and drink through their skin, they are extremely sensitive to an unhealthy environment. Chemicals, pesticides, ozone, and UV are dangerous, even deadly, to them.

According to the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Red List of Threatened Species, a third of the world’s amphibian species are threatened with extinction.

This spring marks our tenth year and our voice grows stronger each day. Through blogging, interviews, social media and a variety of annual events we have reached millions of people.

Every fall, Frogs Are Green holds a kids’ art contest for ages 3-17 and a photo contest, open to all ages. Hundreds of entries come in from over 30 countries and as close as Hoboken and Jersey City and this number increases every year. I’m proud to say that this is a yearly project in the JC public school system and the students have entered for the last 4 years.

Children are naturally curious about nature and can express themselves through art in a way they cannot always express verbally. To inspire them we change the theme each year. This past year we received close to a 1000 artworks and the selection on the walls in this caucus room were curated from the winners in 2017. The theme was Amphibians & Reptiles. The contests will open again in September and we will have a new theme and a new selection of judges. I’m very excited about this fall as we will partnering with another organization to raise funds to save the frogs and the rainforest. We do not charge any fees to enter.

In addition to our annual contests and spring exhibitions, we design and publish books for adults and children to learn from and enjoy. These are a few of the books we’ve published and we have more in development.

Our New Jersey nonprofit organization is called FROGS ARE GREEN because we believe that healthy frogs mean a healthy planet. By saving the frogs, we will also save our planet—and ourselves.”

Susan Newman, Founder and President
Frogs Are Green Inc.

03/8/18

Young Artists Study Frogs in Belgrade

Students from around the world participate each year in the Frogs Are Green kids art contest, but we don’t always know about the lessons. I’m so pleased to share this letter we received from an art teacher in Belgrade, Serbia.

Dear Susan,

The first group of students we worked with were 13 year olds. We divided the whole class into groups and each group had worked on one area; had an electronic presentation; and their own artistic work. I must add that your project was so inspiring, that my colleague who teaches biology and I followed your recommendation on classes with six groups of students and each group had its own presentation and art project related to different areas of life of frogs. All groups performed their works of art, posters, collages, 3-d reliefs, etc., and during this time, one group went out in front of the screen and commented on the photos from their presentation. Other professors and pupils were present, so we designed the final part of the lesson as some kind of dialogue; comments and questions from the audience, to which the students responded.

It turned out that this was a very successful class. The children have responded to a great extent. In the second half of the school year, we will try something different with another group of children. We plan to make a short interactive story, a kind of dramatic play where students will make and wear masks of different types of frogs from around the world. All of them will communicate with each other and thus describe their characteristics. This new idea with masks and drama dialogs is just getting ready, so I’ll send you photos and information when it is done.

Bye, all the best,

Valentina Mirkovic
(art teacher)
“Janko Veselinovic” School
Belgrade,Serbia