Michael Starkey is a biologist, activist, ecological consultant, and public speaker working to educate and involve the public in wildlife conservation issues. Mr. Starkey 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 California wildlife, including San Francisco gartersnakes, giant gartersnakes, California tiger salamanders, bats, and ringtails.
Mr. Starkey worked at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama, studying larval development and parental behavior of the neo-tropical frog, Leptodactylus insularum. He is also the Chairman of SAVE THE FROGS! Advisory Committee, working to increase and expand scientists’ role in amphibian conservation.
Currently Mr. Starkey is a co-founder and the Director of Advocacy for Advocates For Snake Preservation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to snake conservation. 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. Mr. Starkey 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.