Victory for the toads!
In 2011 SAVE THE FROGS! initiated a campaign to block the construction of a 12-story condominium complex on top of endangered Fowler’s Toad habitat in Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada. On December 31st, 2013 the Town of Fort Erie, Ontario announced the project has been cancelled: we saved Lake Erie’s Fowlers Toads! Over a two-year period, SAVE THE FROGS! supporters sent 3,118 letters to the Ontario and Fort Erie Governments and the developers. We produced 4 YouTube videos about the issue, held two phone conferences with Ontario government biologists, and one with the Mayor of Fort Erie. We also held four SAVE THE FROGS! Academy classes about the issue, actively involving eight students. Thanks to all who helped us SAVE THE TOADS!
“A huge and sincere thank you goes out to Dr. Kerry Kriger and the entire SAVE THE FROGS! community for all it has done to save Lake Erie’s Fowler’s Toads. It has been a long, difficult struggle, but STF! never gave up and never backed down and, in the end, helped win this battle: stopping a senseless condo from being built on critical Fowler’s Toad habitat. We in Crystal Beach are delighted to now have the opportunity to work for Bay Beach getting the environmental protection that it deserves to make it a prototype of how humans and amphibians can and should co-exist. We will fight to keep buildings from encroaching on the dunes. We can preserve the beach’s sand, help keep the water of Lake Erie clean, and protect our special local endangered species in their natural home. Chalk this up as a victory toward teaching the world that when we save the frogs, we save the planet. I’m so happy to be able to hope now that my grandchildren will be able to enjoy, as I have enjoyed, watching Fowler’s Toads come out on the beach as the stars come out late at night. Each time we save a special spot for an endangered amphibian, we save something that is precious to the human soul. Keep up the good fight, everyone!”
— Marie Janicke, Ph.D.