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Ardmore Pa. Brothers Honored with President’s Youth Award

06/08/2017
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David Sternberg (sternbeg.david@epa.gov)
215-814-5548

Contact: David Sternberg Sternberg.david@epa.gov 215-814-5548

Ardmore Pa. Brothers Honored with President’s Environmental Youth Award for Work to Save Frogs and Toads

PHILADELPHIA (June 8, 2017) – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that Devin and Roldan Kramer from Ardmore Pa. will receive the 2016 President’s Environmental Youth Award for grade levels K-5 for their work to save frogs and toads. The national award is presented each year to exceptional students who demonstrate creativity, innovation, and leadership to address difficult environmental challenges. 

"Today, we are pleased to honor these impressive young leaders, who demonstrate the impact that a few individuals can make to protect our environment," said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. "These students are empowering their peers, educating their communities, and demonstrating the STEM skills needed for this country to thrive in the global economy."

The brothers’ interest in the topic was sparked by discussions about the number of mosquitos in their area, and the decline of predators like bats, frogs and toads, which feed on mosquitos.  The brothers learned that each April, the swimming pool at their local park drains the water and ends up killing tadpoles living in the pool before they can mature.

To increase the population of native frogs and toads, Devin and Roldan took approximately 2,000 tadpoles from the pool in April and raised them to the frog and toad stage in an aquarium system and collected fruit flies from a compost bin to feed them. Over the course of their project, the brothers observed their aquarium closely, protected the tadpoles from predators, and transferred the tadpoles to a larger aquarium as they grew legs. 

As a result of their project, Devin and Roldan have observed not only an increase in frog and toad populations, but improvement in the overall ecosystem, with a decrease in the number of mosquitoes, and a growing number of native animals, such as snakes, fish, and birds.

Established in 1971, the President’s Environmental Youth Award promotes awareness of our nation’s natural resources and encourages positive community involvement. Focused on environmental stewardship, student projects from each of EPA’s ten regions are selected for national recognition. Projects are developed by young individuals, K-12 school classes, and youth organizations.

For details on the new PEYA winners, visit: https://www.epa.gov/education/presidents-environmental-youth-award-peya-winners

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