Dear Friends and Colleagues,

We are excited to tell you that we have formed a new non-profit organization (and Amphibian Survival Alliance Partner) in Atlanta called The Amphibian Foundation, Inc. Our ability to build this, and to get it up and running so quickly is a direct result of our amazing and passionate partnerships and sponsorships.

Our Mission: The Amphibian Foundation is dedicated to connecting individuals, communities and organizations in order to create and implement lasting solutions to the global amphibian extinction crisis. Through conserving amphibians and their ecosystems, we are protecting one of the most sensitive and diverse groups of animals for the benefit of wildlife biodiversity, humanity and the environment.

Through conducting scientific investigations, partnering with other agencies, educating others, training citizen scientists, and disseminating information through publications, compelling graphics & web platforms — we are growing a team of committed people building relationships to inspire the conservation of amphibians.

Though we continue to develop many research and educational programs to achieve our mission, our top priority is the conservation of imperiled amphibian species from the US southeastern coastal plain, such as the Frosted Flatwoods Salamander (Ambystoma cingulatum) and the Carolina Gopher Frog (Lithobates capito). We maintain captive colonies of both of these species, and are currently the only facility with captive A. cingulatum in the US. We are working closely with USFWS, GA DNR and many other state, federal and academic agencies to achieve our collective conservation goals.

The foundation is equipped with two state-of-the-art research labs, plus the ‘metamorphosis meadow’ which is a private, outdoor area that will hold dozens of mesocosms where native US species will be bred. Once offspring are produced at the foundation, they will be experimentally released back into protected habitat at the discretion of state and federal authorities. The mesocosms will also serve as a resource for assisted-metamorphosis projects, ‘head-starting’ endangered species past the sensitive larval stage, where amphibians are particularly vulnerable to predation.

Located in Atlanta at the Blue Heron Nature Preserve, the foundation also engages the community to become involved in amphibian conservation, trains volunteers and interns, and holds regular workshops for identifying Atlanta’s urban amphibian species. Additionally, we have organized a ‘citizen science’ Metro Atlanta Amphibian Monitoring Program (www.maamp.us) which invites anyone interested to the training workshops and gets them ready to get outside to monitor frogs and salamanders in their own neighborhoods. We already have more than 30 sites which are monitored monthly.

The Amphibian Foundation has a strong educational component to their mission as well. Aside from an active internship program with GA Tech students, we offer a summer camp called Critter Camp (critter-camp.org) which teaches science and conservation of reptiles and amphibians to elementary through middle school students. We have partnered with Atlanta Audubon (which is also head-quartered at Blue Heron), Blue Heron Nature Preserve and other Atlanta-based non-profits to provide an Atlanta Urban Ecologists program for grades 7 -12.

We wanted to make sure you aware of this important development and invite you to discuss ways in which we can partner, further partner and collaborate for the conservation of amphibians — locally and globally — in pristine, developed, restored and urban habitats. We are here to serve. Please come by and see us!

For more information, please see our website: www.amphibianfoundation.org. We also are on Facebook and Instagram /frogsneedourhelp and on Twitter /amphibianfound

For the Amphibians!

Mark Mandica
Executive Director and Founder

The Amphibian Foundation, Inc
4055 Roswell Rd NE. Atlanta, GA 30342
mark@amphibianfoundation.org

Photo: Agalychnis lemur © Mark Mandica