As an art teacher and wildlife lover, I have asked the kids I teach to create artworks and enter this annual competition which is for an excellent cause – saving frogs from extinction. Wearing two hats as an artist and educator I really feel strongly that children should be encouraged from an early age to love and appreciate both domestic and wild creatures with whom they share their planet and to further foster that caring by injecting their creativity into helping the wildlife they have come to love.
I read somewhere that Australia has the worst track record in the World of species becoming endangered which is not something to be proud of and our beloved green tree frogs are an example.
Why are frogs becoming endangered?
- Habitat loss due to land clearing and urbanisation for residential housing and industrial outlets
- Habitat degradation – frogs and tadpoles need clean water to breed and grow. Water bodies are becoming less suitable for frogs because of pollution, including nutrients, runs off from lawns, gardens and agriculture. Pesticides, especially in urban areas, are toxic to frogs. Weeds from agriculture are taking over frog-friendly wet forests and altering water chemistry.
- Global warming which causes reduced rainfall and increased temperatures will affect frog species.
- Disease – An introduced fungal disease is killing upland rainforest frogs as well as affecting more common species like the green tree frog.
- Exotic fish – Mosquito fish (Gambusia holbrooki), introduced to control mosquito larvae, eat frogspawn and tadpoles. Aquarium fish and other exotics are a threat to frogs if released into to the wild.
Other Frog Resources:Qld Frog Society Frogs Australia Network
Save the Frogs Art Contest 2015 for Children
The SAVE THE FROGS! Art Contest invites you, no matter where you live in the world, to create your coolest frog artwork. The contest will raise awareness of the worldwide amphibian extinction problem by getting people involved and interested, and the artwork will be used on t-shirts, stickers, posters, coffee mugs, hats, and in greeting cards and books, to both publicize our cause and raise money for SAVE THE FROGS! amphibian conservation efforts.
The Grand Prize Winner will:
(1) Receive $100 CASH (or check!).
(2) Receive a complimentary annual SAVE THE FROGS! membership. We encourage all artists to join SAVE THE FROGS! as members. If you are already a member and win, we will extend your membership one year.
(3) Become an official judge of next year’s SAVE THE FROGS! Art Contest.
(5) Receive frog fame.
The 2nd and 3rd Place Artists will each receive a complimentary annual SAVE THE FROGS! Membership.
And to top it off: the Grand Prize Winner and Category Winners may all see their artwork featured on products we sell in the SAVE THE FROGS! Gift Center. Many honorable mentions will also be acknowledged on this website, along with a picture of their artwork.
Click the picture on the left to download the flyer and stick a few of them in your classrooms, noticeboards, office walls etc to help spread the word and get as many people involved as possible.
DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES ARRIVING to LA in the United States is October 1st, 2015. Best of luck!
Visit the Save the Frogs Website
Have you seen the frogs resources for teachers which also show children how to draw a frog and 20 ideas for the Save the Frogs Competition?