"Kerry, I really enjoyed participating in your event at Sharp Park yesterday. I think it went extremely well. I believe you got your message out to many people and the news coverage is fantastic. Plus, it was downright fun. Way to go! Peace." -- Charlie Kaz
SAVE THE FROGS! invites drummers, music lovers and frog lovers of all ages to join SAVE THE FROGS! Founder Dr. Kerry Kriger at the Drumming For the Frogs extravaganza at San Francisco's oceanside Sharp Park on May 19th, 2012. Bring your family and friends and of course your drum! Please RSVP here to help us predict attendance so we know how much FREE FOOD to bring, and so we can keep you up to date.
This FREE inaugural event is both a celebration of amphibious life and a peaceful protest intended to raise awareness of the City of San Francisco's illegal killing of federally endangered California Red-Legged Frogs each year when they drain the wetlands to create dry land for the taxpayer-funded, money-losing Sharp Park Golf Course.
We call upon all school groups, families, scientists, musicians, hikers, birdwatchers, amphibian and reptile lovers, politicians and golfers to join us. With your support we will bring worldwide attention to the plight of Sharp Park's endangered frogs and ensure the City of San Francisco closes the money-losing, frog-killing Sharp Park Golf Course and turns the land over to its next-door neightbor the National Park Service. As the newest addition to America's national park system, the Sharp Park Wetlands would become a haven for wildlife; a hiking destination open to the many, rather than the few; would save the City of San Francisco hundreds of thousands of dollars annually; and would boost the local economy through increased ecotourism.
Please mark your calendar, sign up for our free electronic newsletter for event updates, and please spread the word!! If you would like to volunteer to promote the event or volunteer at the event, please fill out the form on our volunteers page. This is an outdoors event; please dress appropriately and bring a water bottle. Support SAVE THE FROGS! by ordering a SAVE THE FROGS! Klean Kanteen in advance.
May 19th, 2012. We will be drumming and educating people about frogs from 11am-1pm and again from 4:30pm to 6:30pm. These times coincide with the golfing tee-off and post-tournament festivities. We encourage everybody to attend both sessions (have lunch or take a hike in between). We strongly encourage everyone to attend the 4:30pm-6:30pm session, as that is when the golf-loving politicians and keynote speakers will be passing through the parking lot, and our presence will have the strongest impact.
There will be speeches from SAVE THE FROGS! Founder Dr. Kerry Kriger as well as SAVE THE FROGS! Advisory Committee Chairman Michael Starkey and Wild Equity Institute Executive Director Brent Plater. There will be drumming for the frogs throughout the day.
The May 19th date was specifically chosen because the City of San Francisco denied our request to hold a free Save The Frogs Day educational event on Sharp Park property, but simultaneously approved a May 19th, 2012 golf fundraiser at Sharp Park, the goal of which is to raise money to fight our frog conservation efforts, and thus continue draining the Sharp Park wetlands. As May 19th is the golf course's 80th anniversary, there will also be many politicians visiting that day, and thus we can make a huge impact by Drumming For The Frogs at Sharp Park on May 19th. We will surround the course and make sure the City of San Francisco and all the golfers at the fundraiser know that wildlife comes before golf.
The City of San Francisco has permitted us to gather in the parking lot of the golf course as long as there are less than 50 people in our group. If we have more than 50 people on the scene, we will simply direct the overflow people to non-parking lot areas adjacent to the course. We plan to be having a good time and our happy vibe should help keep the event the peaceful protest we seek. We have already spoken with the Chief of Pacifica Police and he has given us the green light and will have a policeman stationed there in the extremely unlikely event that some golfer freaks out. Summary: I don't expect any trouble.
We will have a limited number of 18x24" signs at the event but you can feel free to get creative and make your own poster proclaiming your love of frogs or denouncing the City of San Francisco or Mayor Ed Lee's frog-killing ways.
Please help spread the word by downloading, printing and posting the flyer below (left-click to get the PDF):
If you have a website or a Facebook page, please post the icon below, and/or the Golf Is Cool image up top, and link to http://savethefrogs.com/drums -- thanks!
We encourage everybody to take a hike on the trails surrounding the Sharp Park Wetlands. Bring your binoculars!
The federally endangered California Red-Legged Frogs and San Francisco Garter Snakes depend on the Sharp Park Wetlands, but are killed by the City's golf activities, such as draining of the wetlands.
Drumming For The Frogs is all about making a big noise for amphibians and having a great time. We will have professional drummers from around the world and will be giving free drum lessons so that you can learn the fundamentals of rhythm and jam out with fellow frog lovers. That's right, even you can learn drums and jam out on Day 1! Your class may be a brief private lesson to get you going...it's as easy as 1, 2, 3, 4 so don't worry! Please bring a drum and a friend, and happy drumming!
SAVE THE FROGS! Founder Dr. Kerry Kriger drumming for the frogs one autumn morning at Vernal Falls, Yosemite National Park. Dr. Kriger originally moved to California to study music and will be performing on a variety of drums.
Please donate today to help fund this incredibly important Save The Frogs Day event. All donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Your donation helps us with promotion, coordination, and with developing educational materials. Thank you!