Monday, November 2, 2009

Turtle Expert to Speak at Binder Park Zoo

Binder Park Zoo and Brigham Audubon Society are welcoming special guest speaker David A. Mifsud, owner and founder of Herpetological Resource and Management, on Wednesday November 11th at 7:00 p.m. for a presentation titled “Conservation of Turtles in Michigan.” This is the second lecture of Binder Park Zoo and the Brigham Audubon Society Chapter of Michigan Audubon Society Fall Lecture Series.

David Mifsud, herpetologist, certified professional wetland scientist and professional ecologist, has been working for over ten years in wildlife biology, wetland ecology, and habitat conservation and management. He has developed Michigan’s first salamander monitoring program as well as a mudpuppy monitoring program. He has overseen numerous projects for nonprofit and governmental agencies, including wetland mitigation design and monitoring, wildlife and habitat management, large scale ecosystem mapping, amphibian and reptile rescue and translocation, and educational outreach.

Although his work includes conservation of all amphibians and reptiles, Mifsud’s greatest pleasure is working with turtles, something that he has been enjoying for over 25 years. Mifsud holds an MS in Environmental Science from the University of Michigan as well as degrees in Biology, Geography, and Environmental Studies from Aquinas College.

The natural Michigan wetlands on Binder Park Zoo grounds are home to many native species of turtles. Come to this month’s lecture to find out what is being done to conserve one of the fascinating animals that can be found right here in Michigan!

A short Brigham Audubon business meeting will start promptly at 7 pm, with the lecture beginning immediately afterward at 7:15 pm. The lecture will take place in the Cross Administration Building (Zoo Office). The event is free to the public.

No comments: