Join us for our free monthly meetings every 4th Sunday of the month at Manuel's Tavern located at 602 N. Highland Ave., NE., Atlanta, 30307. Our monthly meetings are free and open to the public. Please join us! Free parking is readily available to the south of the building. Food and drink are available for purchase.
Please note that we will not be having a June monthly meeting. We'll reconvene on July 23 to hear from Mark Mandica with The Amphibian Foundation.
Sunday, July 23, 2017
3:30 to 5:30 PM
Manuel's Tavern, 602 N. Highland Ave., NE, Atlanta
For the past 25 years or so, amphibians have been disappearing globally from developed areas as well as pristine environments. Scientists have identified multiple anthropogenic factors contributing synergistically to amphibian declines. Therefore, a multifaceted approach is necessary to address the amphibian decline phenomenon. The Amphibian Foundation, based in Atlanta, addresses SE regional as well as global amphibian declines through an international partnership focusing on targeted programs for specific imperiled amphibian species. The foundation also has a strong training and educational program for students and ‘citizen scientists’ of all ages through the Atlanta Urban Ecologists program, the Master Herpetologists course, Critter Camp, Metro Atlanta Amphibian Monitoring Program and a competitive internship program. Partnering with regional agencies, such as Southeast Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, GA DNR and Orianne Society, and federal partners such as USFWS and USGS as well as global partners like Amphibian Ark and the Amphibian Survival Alliance, the Amphibian Foundation provides a critical role in combatting amphibian declines at the global, as well as the neighborhood level. Currently, 43% of the world’s amphibian populations are documented as in decline or already extinct. The Amphibian Foundation provides a program that engages the community to become involved in saving this important and biodiverse group of animals.
Mark Mandica is the Executive Director of The Amphibian Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to the study and conservation of amphibians. Previously, Mark managed the Amphibian Conservation Program at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, where he worked for seven years. He received his B.S. from UMass where his thesis focused on the ephemeral wetland ecology of amphibians. He then went on to the American Museum of Natural History in NY where he worked as a Scientific Assistant before moving to South Florida for graduate school at University of Miami. Mark’s M.S. was on the amphibian community ecology in the Everglades as well as photoreception in South Florida bufonids. Mark is also a professional scientific illustrator and is published in textbooks as well as the journals Science, Nature, Journal of Experimental Biology, Zoology, American Zoologist and many others.