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Randy Baker
 
Introduction:
  The Award-winning naturalist, Randy Baker of Naturalist Endeavors will be presenting two presentations.
  Randy Baker has been providing conservation and environmental educational programs for over 30 years.
  Randy has been involved in numerous scientific animal behavior projects as diverse as the Regeneration of Tails in Lizards, the Reproductive Behavior of Blanding's Turtles, and the Impact That Malnutrition Has on the Immune System of the White-Tailed Deer.
  Being raised on the shores of Lake Huron near Alpena, Mr. Baker missed the Great Lakes and returned to his home state of Michigan more than 20 years ago where he formed his company Naturalist Endeavors.
  Mr. Baker offers over 30 types of programs in science and history and is also involved in leading Educational Wildlife Adventure Tours to such far away places as Kenya, Costa Rica, and the Galapagos Islands.
   
 
Biography:
  Randy has received numerous awards at the, local, state and national level for his scientific research and his contributions and to environmental education.
  Randy received his bachelor’s Degree in biology with a minor in Conservation from Central Michigan University.
  Mr. Baker's Master’s degree in the College Teaching of the Biological Sciences was obtained at Northeastern University in Oklahoma.
  While working for Oklahoma State Parks, Randy studied the white-tailed deer for three years and was enrolled in the PhD program at Oklahoma State University where his emphasis was Wildlife Ecology.
   
 
The World of the White-tailed Deer:
  The story of the white-tailed deer - the good, the bad and the biology.
  The white-tailed Deer is one of the most adaptable mammals on Earth. 
  It can be found from Southern Canada to South America, and everywhere that it is found it has a major impact on the local ecosystems.
  Entire habitat types, plant species, and even some bird species may disappear in large part because of the impact that this one very adaptable animal has on the world in which it lives.
  The white-tailed deer population has rebounded from the 1800's when it was on the verge of extinction in many states, to becoming over populated in many areas today.
  We will discuss the various aspects of the white-tailed deer's daily life, the impact it has on us, and upon the world around us.
   
 
Randy will be bringing a diversity of animals that include everything form birds and mammals, to reptiles, amphibians and even tarantulas:
  Creatures include animals from as far away as Australia and as close as a Michigan backyard.
  The animals include an alligator, snakes, lizards, and huge turtles that use their tongue as a lure to catch fish.
  There will also be Michigan animals that can re-grow legs and have toxic tails, and Michigan animals that use their eyeballs to capture and hold food.
  The program always includes a good diversity of animals.
   
 
Ecosystems -- From Frozen Lakes to Tropical Forests:
  Understanding ecosystems is the focus of this program.
  How maintaining healthy habitats here in Michigan is important to the biodiversity of the rainforest, and how the rainforest is important to Michigan are just a sample of what is covered.
  Similarities and differences between plants and animals from a variety of habitat types will be explored.
  In addition, adaptations, symbiotic relationships, populations, food chains, food webs, and definitions such as predator, prey, consumer, producer, herbivore, carnivore, omnivore and more are covered.
   
   
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