September 25th, 2018: Salamander Talk with Mark Mandica
Amphibian Foundation founder, Mark Mandica had an opportunity to visit with Robert and Joe from Stuff to Blow Your Mind in the How Stuff Works studio and discuss salamanders, amphibians and the pressures that these animals are facing. Mark also talked about some of his favorite things about salamanders.
'Amphibian Conservation Is Hopping in Atlanta, Hoping to Stave Off Global Mass Extinction'
by Laura Turner Seydel
Laura Seydel has always been a huge supporter of conservation, serves as an advisor on the Amphibian Foundation Board of Directors, and through The Turner Foundation has supported our efforts for Flatwoods Salamander conservation. In July 2016, she wrote an informative article on amphibians, and why we should conserve them. She also highlighted some of the conservation efforts over the years here in Atlanta.
We had the honor of contributing to the powerful documentary Racing Extinction, which sheds light on the world-wide extinction crisis.
Here is Mark Mandica, founder of the Amphibian Foundation discussing the global amphibian crisis with Joel Sartore and Louis Psihoyos of Racing Extinction. All 3 are advocates for amphibians — and supporters of the Endangered Species Act. This act protects species identified as in trouble, and now the act itself is in jeopardy of becoming extinct. The loss of which means the end of legal protection of species that really need it.
Famous Frog Toughie Dies, Sending Species to Extinctionby Brian Handwerk
Mark spoke with National Geographic about 'Toughie' and the global amphibian crisis.
Toughie died on September 26, 2016, and his death brought a lot sadness and attention to the current state of the world's amphibian populations. 43% of which are in decline or already extinct. Although Toughie's death and the likely extinction of the Rabbs' Fringe-limbed Tree Frog is an extreme conservation failure, he continues to be an inspiration to conserve species while there is still time.
We had the honor of being asked to deliver a TED talk at GA Tech in 2015 on salamanders and conservation.
Mark spoke on his lifelong love for salamanders, and how that love, coupled with meeting the right people at the right time transformed him into the amphibian conservationist he is today, and how his love of salamanders is now focused on saving one of the most endangered — the Frosted Flatwoods Salamander, Ambystoma cingulatum
'The Loneliest Frog in the World' - including a picture of Mark and his youngest, Anthony
by Leilani Münter
The powerful Huffington Post article by Leilani Münter focusing on amphibian conservation and the Rabbs' Fringe-limbed Tree Frog. She first became aware of 'Toughie' while working on the documentary Racing Extinction.
Saving One Of The Country’s Rarest Salamanders … In Buckheadby Molly SamuelMolly came and interviewed Mark and Crystal on the day the adult Flatwoods Salamanders arrived at the Amphibian Foundation. It was quite an honor to share the story of this critical program with the Atlanta community!
Last Known Frog of its Species Projected onto Vatican Churchby Tex DworkinThe first Care2.com article about our amphibian conservation program, and especially the last known Rabbs' Fringe-limbed Tree Frog (Ecnomiohyla rabborum) and his wonderful image projected onto the Vatican Church.
The image was taken by reknowned conservation photographer, Joel Sartore. Actually, so was this image of the image being projected on the Vatican. So it's an image of an image, both by Joel ;)
'Buckhead's Amphibian Foundation seeks to save endangered species' by Bill BaldowskiThe statistics are staggering regarding what two species of amphibians are doing for the human race, but it is the human race which has put salamanders and frogs on the endangered species list..
'Meet 10 Stunning Frogs Whose Populations Are Dwindling' by Tex DworkinThis is the first time Mark Mandica, The Amphibian Foundation's Founder and Executive Director had his photography featured. Tex has been a great supporter of amphibian conservation and has published two articles on the subject on the Care2.com website.
This article features Mark's' photography, which is incidentally, all cell phone photography (LG).