Birds & Bees Educational Series - Local Frogs
Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge
Saturday, September 30th
Hop on down to the Humboldt Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, September 30th at 10:00 am for a fascinating presentation on our local frogs by Ellin Beltz. Our expert presenter will guide you through slides and play frog calls to help you, not only learn the local frogs, but also how to encourage frogs and toads in your garden. Bring photos, videos and frog call recordings of your own frogs for identification!! Coffee and refreshments will be served.
About our Speaker
Ellin Beltz holds a Bachelor’s in Biology and a Master's in Geology. Being a "geological biologist" resulted in her hunting dinosaurs with Paul Sereno (University of Chicago), fish with Jerry Wilhelm (co-author of "Plants of the Chicago Re-gion"), teaching at the Morton Arboretum with Floyd Swink (the other author of "Plants of the Chicago Region"), and at the Field Museum of Natural History, Northeastern Illinois University, Trinity Christian College, and College of the Red-woods Hoopa Campus. Ellin's was invited to write her book by Firefly Press due to her nationwide reputation as an ex-pert on the small, slimy and hoppy. "Frogs - Inside their Remarkable World" was published in September 2005 in hard-back and reissued in paperback four years later. Over 40,000 copies are in libraries and schools around the world! Ellin wrote for over 20 years for the Bulletin of the Chicago Herpetological Society, even continuing after the family's move to Humboldt County in June 2001 until catching Sporotrichosis, a gardening-related disease, which nearly killed her. She's given presentations all over the country and county about frogs, sharing her passion for these small and secretive crea-tures. Ellin and her husband Ken Mierzwa live in Ferndale where she's on the Planning Commission and he just retired after 13 years on the Ferndale City Council.
This Series is made possible through a grant by the McLean Foundation. The Humboldt Botanical Gardens is partnering with the Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge to present monthly educational programs titled “The Birds and Bees Educational Series” focusing on plants, animals and insects of the North Coast Region.