This presentation teaches community members about the ecological importance of snakes, identification of Californian venomous vs non-venomous snake species, precautionary measures to avoid snakebites, and first aid and treatment in the event of a snakebite. You also will learn facts and dispel myths about snake species in your backyard! In this fun, interactive and family-friendly program, educators will help answer all your questions about snakes.
*Program may be canceled if minimum registration is not met
An Introduction to Some of California’s Most Spectacular Serpents
Speaker: Michael Starkey
Date: Friday, May 19
Time: 6:30pm – 8pm
Price: Member: $45 / Non-member: $50
Age range: Family-friendly
About the Instructor: Michael Starkey
Michael G. Starkey is a conservation biologist, ecological consultant and public speaker working to educate and involve the public in wildlife conservation issues. Michael 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. Michael has developed and implemented community-based conservation initiatives that focused on the protection of wildlife populations in Belize and Ghana. Michael is the Founder of Save The Snakes and serves as Executive Director. He uses his knowledge of snake ecology, positive attitude to inspire, and enthusiasm for snake conservation to engage the public with protecting these beautiful animals. Michael has given presentations around the world to inform the public about the threats facing wildlife and to help nurture a society that respects and appreciates nature and wildlife.