CONSERVATION SPEAKER SERIES



Conservation Speaker Series: Save the Frogs!
May 11  //  5:30-7:30 pm

Michael Starkey, International Campaigns Coordinator and Ecologist, Save the Frogs!
The Amphibian Extinction Crisis: Current threats facing amphibian populations, and what you can do about it!

Members - $30
Non Members - $35
Children - $10
Your ticket includes dinner, 1 drink, the presentation and a zoo experience with our own amphibians.

  

For additional information, email meersl@jacksonvillezoo.org.

About the Presentation:

Amphibian populations around the world are declining at an alarming rate and nearly one-third of the world's amphibian species are on the verge of extinction. Up to 200 species have completely disappeared since 1979. This is not normal! Why is this happening? What is causing this Amphibian Extinction Crisis? How can you help? SAVE THE FROGS’ International Campaigns Coordinator Michael Starkey answers these questions by explaining what is causing the Amphibian Extinction Crisis and informs the audience about how we as a society can help out amphibians around the globe.

Founded in 2008, 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. The presentation features many of Mr. Starkey’s photos of amphibians from around the world, and there will be a question and answer session following the presentation.  


Michael G. Starkey is a biologist, activist, and public speaker working to educate and involve the public in wildlife conservation issues. Mr. Starkey has a diverse background in the field of wildlife conservation and he has worked as an ecological consultant for environmental consulting firms and government agencies such as the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the California Department of Fish & Wildlife. He has worked with a wide diversity of wildlife, including San Francisco gartersnakes, giant gartersnakes, California tiger salamanders, bats, ringtails, and Yucatán black howler monkeys. Mr. Starkey has also worked at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama, studying larval development and parental behavior of the neo-tropical frog, Leptodactylus insularum. He began working with SAVE THE FROGS!, in 2010 to inform the public about the threats facing amphibians and he serves as an Ecologist and International Campaigns Coordinator. In this position, he rallies together scientists, volunteers, and others in order to help broaden SAVE THE FROGS’ mission of conservation. Mr. Starkey has given presentations around the world to inform the public about amphibian conservation and to help nurture a society that respects and appreciates nature and wildlife.