Head Office: Ontario, Canada
Geographic Area of Work: Global
Mission: Save The Salamanders is a project created and run by Matt Ellerbeck (A.K.A The Salamander Man), who is a Salamander Advocate & Conservationist. The mission of Save The Salamanders is to help contribute to the conservation of these amphibians to ensure their continuing survival. This means the recovery and protection of threatened and endangered salamander species, their critical habitats, and their declining populations. The main objective of STS is to achieve the above goals by getting individuals of all ages and all walks of life involved with the recovery of these amphibians via behavioural changes, informed decision making, stewardship actions, and habitat management efforts. This is achieved through awareness and education, which helps people develop a sense of empathy and concern for salamanders, and this in turn will fuel their desire to become active in their preservation and advancement. Education and awareness is made through the utilization of several platforms. These include media appearances, awareness campaigns, social networking, the distribution of informative fact sheets, and educational presentations/lectures.
[/text_output][line][text_output]Save The Salamanders is an active Alliance Partner working in the following areas:[/text_output][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column width=”1/4″][text_output]Amphibians
Threatened species (nationally/globally)[/text_output][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/4″][text_output]Habitat conservation
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Infectious disease[/text_output][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/4″][text_output]Amphibian surveys and monitoring[/text_output][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][line][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/1″][text_output]Recent Achievements:
I have recently been involved with several education events and media appearances that have not only raised awareness around salamander conservation, but has also helped both rural and urban residents learn about actions they can take to aid amphibians, and engaged youth – which also helps foster positive attitudes about wildlife, conservation, and fuels a desire to get involved.
I am the 2013 recipient of the Cataraqui Conservation Foundation’s Education Award. This is an award presented annually to an individual or group that has made outstanding contributions to the understanding and preservation of all life in the Cataraqui region and has actively promoted the protection of the natural environment.