International environmental consulting firm Marstel-Day, LLC kicks off a 12-month Wildlife Conservation Awareness campaign with a presentation from Bryan Arroyo, Assistant Director for International Affairs for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Spurred on by outrage at 30,000 elephants per year killed for their ivory, among other shocking statistics, Marstel-Day CEO Rebecca Rubin created the series to shine a light on major wildlife conservation issues – and present ways individuals and businesses can help.
The campaign includes monthly talks by leading conservationists who will present an in-depth analysis of a particular wildlife conservation issue, how it affects the ecosystem, and invite suggestions by members of the audience. At each session, a brown bag luncheon, the speaker will present options for what the public and industry can do to help, and Rubin will present Marstel-Day’s commitment for that issue.
Arroyo’s talk will be on International Trade in Endangered Species and take place on January 27, 2015 from 12-1:30pm EDT at the Marstel-Day Alexandria, VA office, with a broadcast to Marstel-Day’s Fredericksburg, VA office (members of the public are invited to register to attend in person or by livestream, using the information below) . Mr. Arroyo coordinates the Fish and Wildlife Service’s domestic and international strategies to protect, restore and enhance the world’s diverse wildlife and their habitats with a focus on species of international concern. He is responsible for the implementation of 40 conventions, treaties, and agreements, and oversees the International Wildlife Trade and Wildlife Without Borders programs.
“Conservation is the core of Marstel-Day’s mission and values, and when we heard statistics like 30,000 elephants killed per year by poachers, we knew we had to use our resources do something to help mitigate the crisis before we lose entire species,” Marstel-Day CEO and President Rebecca Rubin explained. “Every threat to a species reflects a threat to the ecosystem we all depend on every day. The need is urgent. We are losing animals and reducing our ecosystem’s effectiveness daily. Everyone can do something, no matter how small.”
How To Register:
To register to attend one or more of the sessions in person, email MAlford@marstel-day.com and indicate which session you are interested in. Space is limited, so reservations are on a first come-first served basis. You can also join virtually by following instructions at this link: https://www.marstel-day.com/wildlife-conservation-awareness-campaign/. The sessions will also be promoted on social media, videoed and subsequently posted on https://www.marstel-day.com and its social media platforms pending permission of the speaker or agency.
Other confirmed speakers and topics for Marstel-Day’s Wildlife Awareness Campaign include:
February 24 – Dr. Mamie Parker on the increasingly significant role of Urban Wildlife Refuges, their role in building diverse conservation partnerships, and how they are re-introducing children and adults alike to nature. 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.
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.
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.”