Dr. Kerry Kriger, founder of Save The Frogs

Dr. Kerry Kriger–the founder and executive director of Save The Frogs, which bills itself the world’s leading amphibian conservation organization–traces the path that led him from an undergrad with a BS in mechanical engineering to a PhD in environmental sciences, and founding Save The Frogs. 

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He also discusses the plight of amphibians that prompted him to start Save The Frogs and constitutes a focus of the organization’s global efforts, particularly the world’s dwindling amphibian population–their website notes that “nearly 200 species have completely disappeared since 1979.” Dr. Krizer also addressed the forthcoming 4th annual Save The Frog Day, to be held April 28, the events he knows are already planned and inviting listeners to create their own Save The Frog Day events. On a very related note, we incorporated a brief chat with Avalon Theisen, an 11-year-old award-winning Tampa resident, who described the Save The Frogs Day event she has planned at Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning Center in Ruskin, FL. (http://www.savethefrogs.com, www.savethefrogs.com/day, www.conserveitforward.org)

ALSO: We had a brief conversation with Sherry Silk, executive director of the Humane Society of Tampa Bay, organizer this weekend’s Bark In The Park, discussing various elements of the 25th annual Bark, and recalling some colorful memories from over the years. (www.humanesocietytampa.org)

COMEDY CORNER: Mitch Hedberg’s “Smackie The Frog (portion) (www.MitchHedberg.net)

MUSIC: Laura Veirs’ version of “Little Lap Dog Lullaby,” Sons of Hippies’ “Ants Falling,” instrumentals

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Duncan Strauss is the producer-host of “Talking Animals,” which he launched at KUCI in California in 2003, combining his passions for animals, radio, journalism, music and comedy. The show has aired since late 2005 on Tampa’s WMNF. Strauss lives in Jupiter Farms, FL with his family, including four cats, two horses and one dog. He spends each day talking to those animals, and maintains they talk right back to him, an as yet unverified claim.

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