This webpage is where we highlight the successes our SAVE THE FROGS! supporters have had building frog ponds. We hope that their pond experiences will inspire you to build your own frog pond. If you do build one, please email us your photos and any info you want us to share about how you made your pond, and what critters showed up.
Four year ago, when I started my Bachelor degree of Marine Science in the Skema Business School (South East of France), previously called CERAM business school, I took part in the environmental club called Jason Environment. Through this club I managed to raised fundings in order to transform a huge anoxic pond into an ecological one with plants, which later sheltered heaps of different aquatic and non aquatic animals and insects. Furthermore, I built with the help of Daniel Lemonier an other pond out of the ground in the Valmasques Forest (South East of France as well). Finally, I was the project leader of an ecological event on the 17th of June at the SKEMA-Bachelors in order to familiarize people from the Alpes-Maritime about the ecosystem of our forest and pond.
Achievements: Developing creative, fund raising and organizational skills through creating and building many artificial ecosystems. Full responsibility for organizing and promoting an ecological event.
Congratulations to San Francisco's Visitacion Valley Middle School, winner of the 2011 SAVE THE FROGS! Build A Frog Pond Contest! They build this small pond and now have Pacific Chorus Frogs breeding in it! Read their full report to see photos of their pond and learn how they made it.
Submitted by Ray Draper:
"Over the last 8 years we have had constructed 33 large frog ponds to create habitat for the endangered Growling Grassfrog. The largest of these is 50 metres by 30 metres at the Ross Creek Primary School in Victoria, Australia. The kids have done all the planting of 10,000 plants around the wetland and construction of public paths will commence in the new year to give access to the general public to enjoy and learn about frogs and the problems associated. Below are photos of the school wetland before, when it was a noxious weed infested depresion, and after, when the kids had finished planting.
It will take another 2 years before it will be a fully functioning ecosystem.
It's been loads of (fun) work, but the pond is pretty much complete. Toad "spawning" was quite interesting. The first week of their egg laying there were probably 100 toads in the pond. (Didn't know we had this many around) The resulting tad pole population literally blackened the entire perimeter of the water. Then it was a real circus to later watch thousands of tiny toads emerge from the pond and hop off to their newly found homes. Now, a month later, its pretty easy to see tiny toads around in any damp areas of the farm.
Equally interesting, though there are a good number of green frogs and leopard frogs in the new pond, the four older and much smaller , shallow, "weedy", ponds remain much more heavily populated. They like the shallow ponds much better.
Another interesting thing is that tree frogs have now been laying eggs in the pond for a full month. Not lots of eggs, but many mornings I find spawn patches floating. They seem to have a rather extended breeding season.
Alyson Lee designed this awesome sign. If you want one made for your pond, please contact her for the details!
"Hello! My parents have built a pond in their back yard in the Berkshires, western MA. It's been running for about 3 years now, and has grown in nicely with plantings. We noticed there are frogs living in every little section, including a large bullfrog in the cattails. We even have a turtle or two stopping by for a swim!" -- Andrea
"Last year I buried a jumbo kitty litter pan and a black plastic Home Depot masonary tub ($12.00) in the ground lining with rocks including a progression of rocks from bottom to wildlife to easily climb out. Within 2 days I have green and leopard frogs, dragon or damsel flies etc. I added one water plant to each. Basically, I spend a grand total of $22.00 to create a tiny but successful wildlife habitat."
-- Leigh, Baltimore, MD
The first SAVE THE FROGS! Pond was built October 9th and 10th 2010, on Galiano Island, British Columbia, by former STF! Student of the Week, 7th grader Lillian Crossman.
"I was working on my frog pond the whole weekend and i'm finally finished! it is sooooooooo awesome :P :) lolz it doesn't have to be finished until 2011 i even saw a pacific treefrog there :) yay!"
Thanks to Sanjeev Wasti and the Mechi Kosi Student Association of Rampur, Nepal for cleaning this frog pond in March 2013!
Kaitlyn Bryer and her friend Tierra organized this cleanup of Hagan's Pond: