Library Voices: Saving Creation – November 18

Library Voices: Saving Creation

Presented by Robin Smith

Monday, November 18 at 6:30 p.m.

Montrose Library Meeting Room

Join us in our Meeting Room the evening of November 18 to learn more about mass extinctions and what we can do to prevent them!
The first people to settle North America 15,000 years ago saw camels, zebras, lions, cheetahs, rhinoceros, and woolly mammoths. They also saw bizarre creatures like the Volkswagen Beetle-sized armadillo called a Glyptodont, ground sloths that tipped the scales at 7,700 pounds, and giant Saber-toothed Cats. But they are all extinct now—57 species of Megafauna gone in the blink of an eye. Where did they go? Is their disappearance related to the 24,000 species of plants and animals worldwide that are threatened with extinction today?

If you want to KNOW MORE about:

• The bizarre animals that lived in North America 15,000 years ago and why they are now extinct;
• Earth’s five past mass extinctions;
• Why scientists believe we’re in the middle of the sixth extinction;
• The common thread that links the loss of Saber-toothed Cats to Passenger Pigeons to the extinction crisis we face today;
• The role our expanding population and overconsumption of natural resources plays in the current extinction crisis; and
• The utilitarian, moral, and religious reasons for protecting biodiversity…

…then, you must see this fascinating presentation:

Saving Creation
By Robin Smith

ROBIN SMITH started his career teaching high school biology and spent the summers working as a Park Ranger for the National Park Service. Upon leaving teaching, Robin worked as an environmental scientist at the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, and later served as the Executive Director of In Defense of Endangered Species. He also worked as the Midwest Regional Director for the Native Forest Council, an organization working to protect our national parks, forests, and wildlife refuges. Committed to the goals of non-profit conservation organizations, Robin served on the Board of Directors of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition
for six years. Since moving to the North Fork Valley of Colorado in
2007, Robin was one of the founding members of Citizens for a
Healthy Community, serving as the Chair of the Board of Directors for two years. Most recently, he served seven years on the Board of Directors of WildEarth Guardians, including five years in which he was elected President. Robin earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and a Master’s Degree in Environmental Science from The Ohio State University.