Saturday (April 28) was ‘Save the Frogs Day’ in Three Rivers with special activities in Scidmore Park from 1 to 3 p.m.
According to Vic Eichler, the organizer of the local celebration, the Three Rivers observance was one of at least 200 events scheduled for the day in at least 37 countries around the world.
Locally, the celebration was recognized through a ‘Save the Frogs Proclamation’ approved by the Three Rivers City Commission on March 6th and signed by Mayor Tom Lowry.
At the state level, the special day was recognized by adoption of House Resolution 230 which had state Rep. Matt Lori (R-Constantine) as the primary sponsor.
Eichler presided during a brief program in the pavilion near the Petting Zoo, an activity during which Lori read his resolution and received a certificate of appreciation from Eichler thanking him for his efforts.
Lori described Save the Frogs Day as “a unique event” and indicated that he had been interviewed by Detroit radio station WJR earlier in the day in regard to the observance.
Lori and Eichler both noted publicity surrounding the legislative activity in Lansing in which House Clerk Gary Randall reportedly delivered a plate of frog legs to Lori’s desk on the House floor. Eichler noted a subsequent letter to Randall from Dr. Kerry Kriger, an ecologist who is the founder and executive director of Save the Frogs. The organization is “America’s first and only public charity dedicated to amphibian conservation” with a mission “to protect amphibian populations and to promote a society that respects and appreciates nature and wildlife.” In the letter, which was read by Eichler, Kriger noted the challenges faced by frogs and said, “It would be great if you could issue a public statement supporting frog conservation and place a donation to SAVE THE FROGS! so that we can educate society, and pick up the slack from where our politicians fall behind – or worse yet actively push our efforts backwards.”
Saturday’s activities in Scidmore Park included FREE hot dogs provided by Mike King, “The Weenie King,” frog-related games and items, an informational display, and prize drawings won by Jasmine Money and Madalyn Rockwell.
During an interview with the River Country Journal while the event was winding down, Eichler, a retired biologist, said, “I’m very, very pleased. We had well over a hundred people.” He described Save the Frogs Day as “truly the largest gathering for educational and conservational purposes of amphibians in the world.” And, looking to the future, he said, “I have a lot of people who want to participate or help organize next year’s program.” (Vic Eichler audio clip – :25)
To hear the interview with Vic Eichler – conducted by Bruce Snook of the River Country Journal – click here (2:29 – 2.27 MB).
To listen to Saturday’s Save the Frogs Day program with state Rep. Matt Lori, click on the following link: Save the Frogs program (7:00 – 6.41 MB).