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A Frog House

Open Sunday afternoons, 1 PM to dusk
May 1 through October 31 (weather and COVID-19 situation permitting).

Located near the Canal Tow Path of the Erie Canal in Pittsford, NY, behind 65 State Street
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Our April 25th Save the Frogs Day event was a great success!

About Our Work

Honoring Life, One Frog at a Time

A Frog House, our magical little house on the Erie Canal in Pittsford, educates visitors about amphibian survival through recreational events and workshops for children and adults.

We work with local governments to protect wetlands and establish parks with ponds, and educate visitors about the impact of lawn and garden poisons on life itself.

We teach compassion and compassionate communication skills for the sake of all life, from frogs at the bottom of the food chain through homo sapiens at the top, by modeling responsible land and water use and maintenance.

When most people hear of frogs, they respond with amusement or curiosity.

They’re whimsical creatures, right?

It’s less commonly known that they have an essential role in maintaining ecological balance, and their diminishing numbers are a huge piece of the looming Sixth Extinction.

Frogs are at the bottom of the food chain….

…so their poisoning by pollution and chemicals, climate change, and the devastation of wetlands and habitat by mindless development mean that all the creatures that prey on them are disappearing as well—and up the food chain!

Let’s work together to honor life, one frog at a time.

Petition for Pittsford, NY

A PETITION FOR COLLABORATIVE GREENING OF THE VILLAGE AND TOWN OF PITTSFORD, NY

In studying the future best use of parcels 3830, 3800, and 3750 Monroe Avenue in the Town of Pittsford, and 1 Village Lane in the Village of Pittsford, the Town and Village of Pittsford have recognized a unique opportunity to enhance and restore wetlands, riparian and wildlife habitat on these parcels, and to preserve a sizeable parcel of natural open space located in the walkable heart of the community. Residents and leaders have been role models in restoring precious habitat by designating this land as a park, and campaigning for using only Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) approved fertilizers and pesticides.

WE, THE CITIZENS OF AND VISITORS TO PITTSFORD REQUEST THAT THE TOWN AND VILLAGE OF PITTSFORD

  1. designate these parcels as permanent green space
  2. craft and implement a joint management plan to ensure the future health of the northwest quadrant.
  3. publicize the plans for ANY development for both the Village and Town in compliance with legal process, Village regulations, and NYS law, to ensure public involvement in the decision process.
  4. guarantee that no construction occur within 500 feet of any designated wetland.
  5. allow review environmental impact studies and ensure consistency between the Town/Village Local Waterfront Revitalization Programs (LWRP).
  6. conduct an annual survey of flora and fauna in the parcels and update maintenance accordingly
  7. campaign for using only Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) approved fertilizers and pesticides in both public and residential spaces.
  8. allow for a designated area of village property to be used by the town and village DPW facility, with the rest to be used as an arboretum
  9. plan for interpretive signs and an interpretative center in the Erie Canal Nature Preserve, promoting the educational value of both the preserve and the arboretum
  10. plan to further the purposes of adding to protected green spaces by acquiring undeveloped land on
    1. Mendon Center Rd between subdivision and thruway (Florida West Property)
    2. 3750 Monroe Avenue
    3. twenty-three acre parcel on Golf Avenue
    4. any riparian Corridor and Wetlands
What Has Collaboration Accomplished?
Cooperation of the boards of the Town and Village of Pittsford under the leadership of Supervisor William Smith and Mayor Corby, residents and visitors at least partially motivated by a A Frog House, we have seen the creation of the Town’s Erie Canal Park and Preserve, which will have completed trails by June of 2020. The Town-Village Planning Committee is continuing to make public its plans and design for the Town’s Erie Canal Park and Preserve, and any Village additions.

This board is committed to compliance with all applicable laws in connection with the establishment of the Erie Canal Park and Preserve, including environmental impact studies, which shall be made public, and the Town/Village Local Waterfront Revitalization Plan.

With the help of a grassroots movement led by Pesticide Free Pittsford, many residents have obtained free “Pesticide Free” signs to advance the practice and policy of the Town and Village of Pittsford in using no synthetic chemicals, herbicides or pesticides in the Erie Canal Park and Preserve, adjacent Village land, going forward as a permanent aspect of their maintenance of these properties

Why Sign?
Last year our neighbor used free mulch from the Town, and as she was spreading it, her face and eyes became red and puffy. The material was made from debris that was treated with poisonous pesticides and herbicides. She was not alone. The result of profiteering by companies that make these substances effects ALL of us.

Sustainability for our environment is becoming a hot topic these days, as more and more recognize the threats to our very survival. While we can’t make decisions or take action globally, each of us can add our own little ounce of strength to act locally. If we win, the Town and Village of Pittsford can become a model of thoughtfulness and sustainability for surrounding areas. If we lose, it will become just another suburb with strip malls and crowded streets and bad air, water, and earth affecting both our physical and mental health.

Frogs are keystones in the entire food chain as well as bioindicators, and if they collapse, everything above them will collapse as well. Older than dinosaurs and survivors of many natural disasters including earthquakes, fires, floods, meteor collisions, and volcanoes, these sturdy little creatures are now becoming extinct at a rate of 200 species in 20 years (10 a year) compared to previous 1 in 500 years (.002 a year), primarily because of human destruction.

As a physician, I care deeply about the quality of life for all. I totally believe there is hope through collective action for huge changes throughout our communities. Frogs are wonderfully and marvelously made, with talents, skills, variations of colors and shapes that are absolutely amazing. If we preserve wetlands, we preserve wildlife and improve the quality of life for all. Who would trade the opportunity to relax in a natural setting with the sounds and sights of wildlife for all the money in the world? Developers would, but they won’t be any happier.

Please sign the petition 

Margot Fass’ Frog Blog

Are Pesticides and Other Chemicals Safe?

Are chemical products safe for my lawn and garden? The short answer is no. They all are bad for the environment, humans, and critters of all sizes…. Read more.

Save the Frogs Day Nature Symposium – April 25, 2020

When COVID-19 forced us to change our planned in-person Save the Frogs Day Nature Symposium, we moved everything online and held a successful webinar! Read all about it and watch the videos. … Read more.

Gratitude from A Frog House

Save the Frogs Day Nature Symposium Webinar Gratitude. Saturday, April 25, 2020 at 10 am until 2 pm. You can meet your fine, friendly line up of like-minded and extremely generous presenters more formally on our website page about the event. Then, pick the sessions...

Collaborative Greening: Feasible in Pittsford, NY

Collaborative greening is good for citizens, municipalities, and the environment. Here’s how we’re working together in Pittsford to ensure that we make and keep our town green. … Read more.

A Thanksgiving address; A better way in 2020

We have just celebrated a holiday originated by the indigenous people of North America. For many in the United States, Thanksgiving is an occasion to slaughter, and make oneself sick on too much food and drink. For some, the next three weeks will involve crazed commercialism. There is a better way. Instead, we could peacefully celebrate and plan together for life ahead. Here’s how the team at A Frog House is doing that…. Read more.

The Sixth Extinction

As we speed toward the widely predicted Sixth Extinction, we can start with frogs if we want to add our own little ounce of strength to solving the horrible problems facing us. … Read more.

Gratitude from A Frog House

Gratitude from A Frog House

Save the Frogs Day Nature Symposium Webinar Gratitude. Saturday, April 25, 2020 at 10 am until 2 pm. You can meet your fine, friendly line up of like-minded and extremely generous presenters more formally on our website page about the event. Then, pick the sessions...

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Thanks for these uplifting updates

Thanks for these uplifting updates and for all you are doing! We are glad to hear that the Nature Symposium on April 25 is still happening online.

Evan Lowenstein, Communications and Membership Director, Rochester People's Climate Coalition

Thank you for your efforts on behalf of the natural world!

I certainly wish you the best and thank you for your efforts on behalf of the natural world!

David Bonter, Research Faculty, Office of Undergraduate Biology, Cornell University

Thank You!

THANK YOU for all your efforts on behalf of frogs!

Alan Pollock, MD Board of Directors San Fernando Audubon Society At-Home Project
National Wildlife Federation

I applaud your efforts

I applaud your efforts in putting together an event such as yours.

Daena Ford, President, Braddock Bay Raptor Research