Marstel-Day's Wildlife Conservation Awareness Campaign

Past Talks

Evan Hirsche,
Co-Founder of Discover Nature Apps

Discover Nature Apps

April 9, 2018

Marstel-Day, LLC partnered with Evan Hirsche, co-founder of Discover Nature Apps (DNA), to present DNA's smartphone app to the students at Hugh Mercer Elementary School in Fredericksburg, Virginia and engaged the kids with information about National Wildlife Refuges in a fun and educational way. The event included all of the school's 900 kindergarten, first, and second grade students!

Sally Guynn, PhD

National Conservation Leadership Institute: "Conservation Leadership"

April 20, 2016

Marstel-Day hosted Sally Guynn, the co-founder and previous Executive Director of the prestigious National Conservation Leadership Institute (NCLI), for a presentation on “Conservation Leadership.” She discussed the challenges and opportunities, training involved, and level of effort required to be a conservation leader.

Olivia and Carter Ries

One More Generation: “Making a Difference”

April 6, 2016

One More Generation (OMG) founders, Olivia and Carter Ries shared their story of how they started the non-profit OMG, what their journey has been like thus far, and what is coming up next for them.

Chad Brown

Soul River: Connecting People with Nature Through Fly Fishing

October 15, 2015

Marstel-Day hosted Navy veteran Chad Brown for a talk called “Charting New Waters,” about his experience using fly-fishing to help heal both veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and troubled urban youth, and the unique psychologically healing qualities of being in nature.

Shawn Sweeney

Jane Goodall Institute

October 6th, 2015

The last remaining wild populations of chimpanzees and great apes are dependent on worldwide conservation efforts for survival. At the turn of the 20th century, there were approximately one million chimpanzees, but today there are fewer than 300,000 remaining in the wild, according to the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) website. A key factor is destruction of habitat; Africa loses more than 10 million acres of forest every year, twice the world’s deforestation rate.

Amy Gotliffe

A Hopeful Alliance for Mountain Lions

September 17, 2015

Amy Gotliffe has a mission to connect all human beings to nature, envisioning a planet where all species live in peaceful co-existence. She holds a bachelor’s degree in communications, several teaching credentials and a Master’s Degree in Ecological Education. She also holds certifications in humane education, nature-based leadership, conservation psychology, human-wildlife conflict resolution, nature interpretation and influencing conservation behavior change. She has worked at various Bay Area educational and environmental institutions, creating campaigns, planting pollinator gardens, teaching all ages, producing earth day events and generally influencing positive change in wildlife conservation and green living. As Conservation Director at Oakland Zoo, she coordinates international, national and local conservation efforts, creates positive partnerships and alliances, produces a Conservation Speaker Series, leads international conservation expeditions, produces awareness events, coordinates the Zoo’s on-site sustainability efforts and leads an enthusiastic, inter-departmental effort to conserve biodiversity around the globe and in our own backyards.

Wildlife Center of Virginia

Wildlife Center of Virginia

August 21, 2015

As part of our Wildlife Conservation Awareness Campaign, Marstel-Day partnered with the Wildlife Center of Virginia—an internationally acclaimed teaching and research hospital for wildlife and conservation medicine, as well as an outreach center for native wildlife—to present two special wildlife education sessions to young children in the Fredericksburg area.

Kristen Yarincik

Ocean Sustainability and the Need for Diverse Ocean Leaders

August 19, 2015

Kristen Yarincik joined Ocean Leadership in 2001 to support the Census of Marine Life and the National Oceanographic Partnership Program. From 2003-2011, she worked full-time as Program Manager for the overall international Census of Marine Life program, coordinating its international Scientific Steering Committee and supporting its national and regional committees and 17 global projects. Kristen currently serves as the Vice President, Research & Education, which includes the following programs, the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative, the Interagency Ocean Observing Committee, and the National Ocean Sciences Bowl, for which she also serves as Director.

James Fahn

Reporting on Biodiversity and Conservation

June 17, 2015

James Fahn is the Executive Director of Internews’ Earth Journalism Network, a global community of over 5,000 reporters who cover environmental topics. A journalist who has primarily focused on environmental issues in developing countries, James is also an adjunct professor at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism, where he teaches a graduate level class on international environmental reporting. He has spent the bulk of his professional career based in Thailand where he was a reporter and editor for The Nation, an English-language daily newspaper based in Bangkok, and hosted a Thai feature television show. His book, A Land on Fire, published in 2003, recounts the issues and scandals he uncovered while working on the environment beat in Southeast Asia. James has also written for the New York Times, Newsweek, The Economist, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Jakarta Post, SciDev.net, Nature.com, the Huffington Post and the Columbia Journalism Review. He managed Internews’ Burma country program for several years, was the co-founder of the Thai Society of Environmental Journalists, and worked for the Ford Foundation as a program associate in the field of environment and development. James received UNEP’s Global 500 Award for The Nation’s environment reporting, and was pinned by Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn for his service to Thailand.

Marcus Eriksen

Expedition Plastic: Plastic in the Ocean Gyres and What It Is Doing to Wildlife

May 11, 2015

Marcus Eriksen is currently the Director of Research and co-founder of the 5 Gyres Institute. He received his Ph.D. in Science Education from University of Southern California in 2003, months before embarking on a 2000-mile, 5-month journey down the Mississippi River on a homemade raft. His experience on the river led to a career studying the ecological impacts of plastic marine pollution, which has included expeditions sailing 35,000 miles through all 5 subtropical gyres to discover new garbage patches of plastic pollution in the Southern Hemisphere.

Rich Redmond

Mother Nature, Motivation and Music

April 15, 2015

Top call drummer/percussionist Rich Redmond who records and tours with multi-platinum country rocker Jason Aldean. Rich combined his passionate stories and high energy playing examples into a powerful one hour presentation designed to energize anyone in any field. As a special theme entitled “Mother Nature, Motivation and Music,” Rich discussed his concerns for environmental sustainability now and in the future.

Evan Hirsche

Discovering Nature through Smartphone Apps

March 19, 2015

Evan Hirsche, Co-Founder of Discover Nature Apps, a company reinventing how people experience and learn about the natural world, talked about 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.

Dr. Mamie Parker

Connecting Kids with Nature

February 24, 2015

Motivational speaker Dr. Mamie Parker discussed 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.

Bryan Arroyo

Illegal Wildlife Trade

January 27, 2015

2015-01-27 13:00:00 2015-01-27 14:00:00 America/New_York StandWithWildlife: Bryan Arroyo Bryan Arroyo of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, gives a talk on the illegal wildlife trade of endangered species. 513 Prince Edward Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401 Michelle Alford malford@marstel-day.com
The series launched on January 27, 2015, with a talk by Bryan Arroyo of the US Fish and Wildlife Service on International Trade in Endangered Species. 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.

Why we decided to #StandWithWildlife

International environmental consulting firm Marstel-Day, LLC's Wildlife Conservation Awareness campaign aims to shine a light on major wildlife conservation issues of our times and opportunities for individuals and entities to take action.

Spurred on by outrage at 30,000 elephants per year killed for their ivory tusks, 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 each 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.