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Protesters to "Drum For The Frogs" During Sharp Park 80th Anniversary Tournament

Drum sessions strategically timed to drown out key moments in the celebration.

's 80th Anniversary celebration and tournament on Saturday, May 19 will be raucous indeed. 

In addition to the tournament, which tees off at 12p.m., golf supporters will enjoy drinks, appetizers, a raffle and silent auction, guest speakers and the beat of protestors drumming in the parking lot. 

Save The Frogs!, a Santa Cruz-based nonproft that aims to protect all frogs on Earth, has scheduled a public protest of the alleged killings of the California Red-Legged Frog, a threatened species, during golf-related activites at Sharp Park. 

The organization has strategically scheduled drumming sessions on Saturday to sonically interfere with the celebration of the course's 80th anniversary. 

"We will be drumming and educating people about frogs from 11am-1pm and again from 4:30pm to 6:30pm," the nonprofit wrote on the announcement for the protest, called Drumming For The Frogs! "These times coincide with the golfing tee-off and post-tournament festivities. We encourage everybody to attend both sessions (have lunch or take a hike in between). We strongly encourage everyone to attend the 4:30pm-6:30pm session, as that is when the golf-loving politicians and keynote speakers will be passing through the parking lot, and our presence will have the strongest impact."

The alleged killings of frogs and San Francisco Garter snakes, an endangered species, has been a source of controversy for years. Most recently, it's been elevated to a filed by environmentalists against the City of San Francisco, which owns and operates the course, over alleged Endangered Species Act violations. 

To learn more about how you can participate in the protest, head to Save The Frogs!'s website, or, to sign up to golf in celebration of the course's 80th anniversary, head to the San Francisco Public Golf Alliance's website

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Jeff Guillet May 18, 2012 at 04:16 PM
It's a terrible shame that these froggers are doing more damage than good. Loud noises like these are hurtful to the frogs they are supposed to be protecting. http://webecoist.momtastic.com/2010/02/28/please-shut-up-10-animals-affected-by-noise-pollution/ Shame on them.
Jean Gerrity May 18, 2012 at 06:01 PM
http://www.savethefrogs.co.uk/ Educate yourself on the issue- the blight of the frogs and other local endangered species that suffer from loss of habitat. As a science educator I am fascinated on how this issue is reflected in the media. Endangered means that they are in danger of going extinct and are protected by federal law. We are lucky to still have frogs in Pacifica. I live here because we still can see the beauty of nature. See links for more info: *********************************************************************** Dr. Kerry Kriger Save The Frogs - Founder, Executive Director, Ecologist www.savethefrogs.com www.savethefrogs.com/kerry-kriger kerry@savethefrogs.com Save The Frogs is America's first and only public charity dedicated to amphibian conservation. Our mission is to protect amphibian populations and to promote a society that respects and appreciates nature and wildlife. Kerry ***********************************************************************
Jean DeYoung May 18, 2012 at 06:04 PM
http://www.savethefrogs.co.uk/ Educate yourself on the issue- the blight of the frogs and other local endangered species that suffer from loss of habitat. As a science educator I am fascinated on how this issue is reflected in the media. Endangered means that they are in danger of going extinct and are protected by federal law. We are lucky to still have frogs in Pacifica. I live here because we still can see the beauty of nature. See links for more info: *********************************************************************** Dr. Kerry Kriger Save The Frogs - Founder, Executive Director, Ecologist www.savethefrogs.com www.savethefrogs.com/kerry-kriger kerry@savethefrogs.com Save The Frogs is America's first and only public charity dedicated to amphibian conservation. Our mission is to protect amphibian populations and to promote a society that respects and appreciates nature and wildlife. Kerry ***********************************************************************
Butch Larroche May 18, 2012 at 06:48 PM
Here come the canned responses!!!
Thomas H. Clifford May 18, 2012 at 07:27 PM
blight or plight ? I am sorry to see that the save the frogs group thinks that spoiling the 80th anniversary celebration is the way to get support for their cause.
Steve Sinai May 18, 2012 at 08:48 PM
I hope no golf balls accidentally get shanked toward the hippies.
Butch Larroche May 18, 2012 at 09:03 PM
"Gambling is illegal at Bushwood and I never slice!!!"
Bob Thompson May 19, 2012 at 05:02 AM
Realy, The golf course is why the frog exists, When is the last time you have seen a frog wash up on the beach? Drum all you want. I will swing away to the beat.
mw May 19, 2012 at 05:09 AM
If they are just going to cut and paste boilerplate, they should at least get a copy writer who understand basic English usage. The good Doc need to educate himself on the 80 years of healthy coexistence between the frogs and golf course -a s corroborated in a court of law and by local scientists: The competing views got a hearing in Federal Court a few months ago when the WEBLEEDU's (Wildly Equitable Biodiverse Litigants for Ecological Extortion and Deep Untruths) failed to get a preliminary injunction to kill the course. The judges ruling: "Experts for both sides agree that the overall Frog population has increased over the last 20 years... Neither side disputes that the number of egg masses found last winter in Sharp Park was the highest ever recorded... Plaintiffs have failed to meet their burden of showing irreparable harm to the California Red Legged Frog or the San Francisco Garter Snake absent the issuance of a preliminary injunction on defendants' activities at Sharp Park. Accordingly, the motion for a preliminary injunction is DENIED." Hard to make a case that the golf course is harming the frog when all experts say the frog population is flourishing at the course. As far as the drum circles - I'm thinking they can only help my game - it'll establish a rhythm and smooth my tempo on the back swing.
Erin Macias May 20, 2012 at 06:11 AM
There are frogs ALL OVER Pacifica. Can Kerry locate all the colonies and species that are not on Sharp Park Golf Course? Hmmm...
The Pacifican May 21, 2012 at 07:05 PM
Why is the true culprit in the Frog story not identified? I hike Mori Point every day and when the tadpoles turn into juvenile frogs they are devored by the tens of thousands by seagulls. Clearly, scientific observation (the basis of all science) would lead on to conclude that it its the seagulls and not the golf cours operations that are affecting the frog population. Perhaps the savethefrogs folks should be advocating Eco-hunters shooting seagulls that are feasting on the young frogs at Sharp Park golf course
Butch Larroche May 21, 2012 at 08:15 PM
Well, the Tournament on Saturday went well with little problems. There were 240 plus golfers in a morning and afternoon round. The protest, or non protest as it turned out to be was not disruptive at all and I think that all party's involved enjoyed the great Pacifica day. Thank to all of the volunteers and golfers who came out Saturday to make this event great.
Chris Fogel May 21, 2012 at 10:16 PM
"It's easy to grin When your ship comes in And you've got the stock market beat, But the man worthwhile Is the man who can smile When his shorts are too tight in the seat."

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