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’ Ecologist 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.
Generally I like to give a PowerPoint presentation that runs between 30-45 minutes. At our talks we like to have a table set up where before and after the presentation, we can offer the audience relevant educational materials, collect petition signatures for our campaigns, and sell eco-friendly merchandise to help fund our efforts. As my time and funds are a limited resource, the cost of this presentation can be negotiated upon interest.
Please contact me for questions, bookings, or if you require any more information. Thank you for your time and I greatly look forward to hearing your response.
“Thank you for the presentation. I think the girls really enjoyed it. Your slide show was great, and you are off the charts with enthusiasm. Also, I loved your section on contests and what they can do to get involved. “
-Anya Manes, teacher at Immaculate Conception Academy, San Francisco, CA
“Thank you for taking your time out to visit our class today. The kids were super excited even before your presentation and even more excited afterward. You should have been here with us after lunch; they can’t
stop talking about frogs. You were enthusiastic and passionate about the topic and it shows. And thank you for being so patient with the kids, answering all their questions and acknowledging all their comments.”
– Jacueline Le, teacher at Cleveland Elementary, San Francisco, CA
“Hi Mr. Starkey,
Thank you so much for presenting at our school! Your presentation was very accessible to all of our students, and information was supported with excellent visuals. Our students can be challenging to engage, but you held their attention the whole time!”
-Rebecca Fall, 7th Grade teacher at Visitacion Valley Middle School, San Francisco, CA
“…can’t tell you how many kids are talking about the FROGS!!! I wish I could have attended, but heard great things…..thank you again for this opportunity.”
-Mary Beth Kropp, Principal/PAIS, Foulks Ranch Elementary School, Sacramento, CA
“I thought his presentation to all grade levels was very appropriate and educational, his speaking style was engaging, and the PowerPoint presentation was also very appropriate. I truly think he did a fabulous job with each group.”
-Mark H. Beard, Vice Principal/PAIS, Foulks Ranch Elementary School, Sacramento, CA
“Michael…thank you. Your passion about frogs and what you are trying to do is infectious and so refreshing. It’s also great for kids to see that scientists are humans with curiosity, not only someone in a lab wearing a white cost. Thanks again for a thoughtful and informative presentation.”
-Mira Sinick, Lawton School, 3rd grade, San Francisco, CA
Zoos, Aquariums, and other Educational Institutions
“A big thank you to Michael Starkey of the Save The Frogs initiative, for a fantastic presentation to the TBZ staff! With 200 amphibians gone extinct since 1979, and over 2000 more threatened to disappear this century, there is a great need to help save those long legged leapers. From being excellent pest control, to vital food sources for many carnivores (including humans!), frogs are definitely worth saving.”
– The Belize Zoo
Governmental Agencies and Other Organizations
“Thanks so much for coming out to speak to us, and for putting on such an enthusiastic performance. Your dedication shows, and your imagery was fantastic!”
-Roger Repp, Rattlesnake Biologist, Tucson Herpetological Society
How do you inspire the next generation to care about conservation?
Through education and passion.