Dr. Mamie Parker Speaks on Urban Wildlife Refuges Feb. 24

Dr. Mamie Parker

Dr. Mamie Parker

Rebecca R. Rubin, President and CEO of Marstel-Day, LLC, announced that the international consulting firm’s Wildlife Conservation Awareness Campaign will feature inspirational speaker Dr. Mamie Parker, formerly of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, speaking on how Urban Wildlife Refuges stir children’s curiosity about nature. The talk will be held Tuesday, February 24, 2015 from noon to 1:30 p.m. EDT at Marstel-Day’s Fredericksburg, VA headquarters.

Marstel-Day’s Wildlife Conservation Awareness Campaign features monthly, consciousness-raising talks by leading conservationists who present in-depth analyses of particular wildlife conservation issues. At each session, the speaker presents options for how the public and industry can help, and Rubin presents Marstel-Day’s commitment on that issue. These luncheon events are open to the public and live-streamed; audience members are invited to ask questions.

Rubin created the Wildlife Conservation Awareness Campaign (WCAC) event series to highlight major wildlife conservation issues – and present ways individuals and businesses can make a difference.

“In today’s urban-centric world, we need to actively create more opportunities for children to reconnect with nature,” Rubin explained. “Getting kids back to nature is the key to saving nature for generations to come. In addition, studies show that kids who have an appreciation for, and spend time in, nature perform better in school, and have better fitness levels, fewer health challenges, and better emotional development.”(http://www.nwf.org/Be-Out-There/Why-Be-Out-There/Health-Benefits.aspx)

“Many people in our urban areas are hungry for more innovative ways to learn, grow and make a difference,” said Parker. “The Urban Wildlife Refuge Program fulfills that hunger by connecting more teachers, students and communities directly to the magic of nature. Marstel-Day’s Wildlife Conservation Awareness Campaign helps us reach people who can spread this message.”

WCAC began with senior U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service official Brian Arroyo’s poignant and inspiring Jan. 27 talk on how illegal trade imperils species, such as the African elephant and rhinoceros. Click here to watch the video and learn how to help: http://youtu.be/i101OcnOt8c

Dr. Parker is a biologist who spent 29 years at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, including as Assistant Director overseeing a $250 million budget. She made history when she was appointed the Service’s Regional Director of 13 northeastern states, the first African American to hold this position in the history of the agency. She currently serves on Marstel-Day’s Council of Advisors and on the boards of the Chesapeake Conservancy and the National Wildlife Refuge Association.

The Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership program, part of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, is an initiative to engage communities and new audiences in encouraging and nurturing an appreciation of wildlife. These partnerships are located in demographically and geographically varied cities.

Members of the public may register to attend Parker’s talk at Marstel-Day’s office at 513 Prince Edward Street, Fredericksburg, VA, 22401, or another WCAC presentation by emailing MAlford@marstel-day.com, indicating the session of interest. Because space is limited, reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis. Anyone can watch the live stream by following instructions at https://www.marstel-day.com/wildlife-conservation-awareness-campaign/. The sessions will be promoted on social media, recorded and subsequently posted on https://www.marstel-day.com and its social media platforms, pending permission of the speaker or agency. To follow the series, follow Marstel-Day on Twitter (@MarstelDay).

Other confirmed speakers and topics for Marstel-Day’s Wildlife Awareness Campaign include:

March 19 – Evan Hirsche on the evolution of outdoor interpretation; the struggle for relevancy facing public lands; and how the smartphone revolution offers these natural and historic treasures their best opportunity ever to engage an increasingly urban and disconnected American public. Hirsche is co-founder of Discover Nature Apps, a company reinventing how people experience and learn about the natural world. Hirsche’s talk will begin at noon at Marstel-Day’s Fredericksburg headquarters.

April 15 – Drummer, producer, and songwriter Rich Redmond will give a motivational talk incorporating themes of “Mother Nature, Motivation and Music.” Redmond records and tours with multi-platinum country rocker Jason Aldean and has played with a “who’s-who” of country artists and appeared on top television shows, including “The Tonight Show” and “The Voice.” Redmond’s talk will begin at 4 p.m. at University of Mary Washington’s Jepson Alumni Center.