Michael G. Starkey

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Michael G. Starkey is a biologist, environmental consultant, 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 the world’s leading amphibian conservation organization, 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. He co-founded Save The Snakes, which works to protect threatened snake populations around the world though habitat preservation, education and community outreach to create a harmonious relationship between humans and snakes. Mr. Starkey has given presentations around the world to inform the public about wildlife conservation and to help nurture a society that respects and appreciates nature and wildlife.

Publications/Professional Development

  • The Pollination Project, non-profit organization, Grant Reviewer 2014-2017
  • Emerging Wildlife Conservation Leaders Program, Class of 2015-2016
  • May 29-30, 2013: California Tiger Salamander Workshop, Alameda Country Conservation Partnership, Assisted workshop instructor, Dr. Peter Trenham, with CTS Survey Techniques
  • August 7th, 2012: International Congress of Herpetologists and Ichthyologists, Vancouver CA- Presented a talk titled, “Inspiring the Next Generation to Care about Amphibians”.
  • Field Ecology, Sacramento City College Career Certificate, Graduate 2011
  • Ryan, M. E., S. Bobzien, P. C. Trenham, M. G. Starkey, and H. B. Shaffer. Multiple costs of permanent ponds for a threatened salamander. (Ecological Applications, 19 January 2011).
  • February 16, 2011: Giant Garter Snake Workshop, The Wildlife Society, Davis, CA – Presenting Poster titled: “The efficacy of heat-branding giant garter snakes (Thamnophis gigas) with medical cautery units to compliment PIT tagging in multi-year mark-recapture studies” – (Coauthor)
  • June 14-15, 2011: California Tiger Salamander Workshop, Alameda Country Conservation Partnership, Assisted workshop instructor, Dr. Peter Trenham, with CTS Survey Techniques
  • October 2-7, 2010: Annual Meeting of The Wildlife Society, Snowbird, UT – Presenting Poster titled: “Annual food habits of ringtails from blue oak woodland and chaparral habitat of the Central Valley, California. (2010)” – (Coauthor)
  • April 8, 2010: California Red-Legged Frog Workshop, Elkhorn Slough Coastal Training Program
  • March 23-24, 2010: California Tiger Salamander Workshop, Elkhorn Slough Coastal Training Program, Assisted workshop instructor, Dr. Peter Trenham, with CTS Survey Techniques
  • September 20-24, 2009: Annual Meeting of The Wildlife Society, Monterey, CA – Presenting Poster titled: “ Home Range Size of Ringtails, Bassariscus astutus, in the Sutter Buttes, Sutter County, California (2008-2009)” – (Coauthor)
  • January 21-24, 2009: Annual Meeting of The Western Section of the Wildlife Society – Presented Poster titled: “Home Range Size of Ringtails, Bassariscus astutus, in the Sutter Buttes, Sutter County, California (Winter 2008)” – (Coauthor)
  • March 28-30, 2008: Rare Pond Species (Red-Legged Frogs, California Tiger Salamanders, Western Pond Turtles) Survey Techniques Workshop

Articles, Interviews, Presentations

27 July 2013 –  CBS San Francisco
Listing of the California Red-legged Frog as California’s State Amphibian

18 December 2013 – San Francisco Weekly
Jeremiah Was A Political Liability: Frogs’ Legs Are the Next Sharks’ Fins

12 December 2013 – Bay Nature
Where are all the Western Toads?

8 October 2012: 
San Pedro Sun, Belize
Toads are Toadally Terrific

19 December 2011 – Dr. Future Show
Dr. Future Show, Santa Cruz

27 April 2011:
  – UC Davis Aggie
Do Frogs Need Saving?