Save The Snakes Co-Founder and Executive Director

Michael G. Starkey is a 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 worked at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama, studying larval development and parental behavior of the neo-tropical frog, Leptodactylus insularum. Michael has developed and implemented community conservation based initiatives which focused on the protection of wildlife populations in Belize, Ghana and India. Michael is a co-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. Michael currently lives in Gainesville, Florida.

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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)

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)

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)