Frogs are disappearing and Kerry Kriger (Engr ‘96) says their extinctions are a bellwether for the survival of other species and ecosystems. In 2008, he founded the nonprofit, Save the Frogs, which unifies the efforts of scientists, educators, policymakers and naturalists because “when we save the frogs, we’re protecting all our wildlife, all our ecosystems and all humans,” says Kriger.
Save the Frogs campaigns against pesticides, habitat destruction and climate change. The organization and its supporters have held 143 events in 24 states and 21 countries. In the U.S., Save the Frogs has called on the Environmental Protection Agency to ban Atrazine, a common pesticide that disrupts the reproductive cycles of amphibians and fish.
Not only is Kriger an environmental advocate, he’s also a world traveler. He has camped for 40 nights in New Zealand, captained a boat up a river in Venezuela and panned for gold in French Guiana. His work with frogs intersects with his wanderlust; he traveled to Panamanian swamps to photograph red-webbed gladiator frogs. In South Korea, he radio-tracked burrowing toads. Kriger’s most recent trip was to Ghana. “I have just set up Save the Frogs, Ghana. It’s the first of what I hope to be many international branches,” says Kriger.
Each year, Kriger coordinates Save the Frogs Day, an effort to raise awareness of the plight of amphibians. Last year, he delivered a petition against Atrazine with more than 10,000 signatures to the EPA. The next Save the Frogs Day will be April 28, 2012.