Help us enshrine the Department of Biology’s longtime unofficial mascot, the frog.
The selection (natural?) of a frog as a mascot is lost in Department lore, but it appears it occurred in the 1980s. It evolved from a generalized frog to a tree frog when the Department's coin was created. This bronze statue will formalize the mascot as the iconic red-eyed tree frog, Agalychnis callidryas.
Gary Staab is already sculpting a scaled-down version of his piece, “Delicate Balance,” for the Department. He is a respected paleosculptor, whose works grace many museums, including the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, and Colorado’s own Denver Museum of Nature and Science. The two dinosaurs outside the Denver museum are his creation. Staab’s works are known for being artistically pleasing and scientifically sound. And so it is with our frog.
Staab’s bronze figure captures A. callidryas’s beauty and whimsical charm, while holding true to its natural form. Our frog, perched on its tree, will watch over the Department and invite affectionate taps on its “out there” nose. Perhaps a rub will ease the stress of a looming final exam.
Anxiety-relieving or not, we want the statue to contribute to the pride and sense of belonging so valued by the Department. As with all mascots, the frog will support unity and camaraderie among and between the biology majors and the Department’s faculty and staff. The Academy has its falcon, but closer to home the cadets, graduates and Department members can look to the frog.
So, please join us and contribute to what should become a long-standing symbol of the Department’s heart—building a community of Air Force biologists.
If gifts exceed the amount needed for the sculpture, they will be directed to support the Biology Department.