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Program on March 14 – ​One Less on the Bucket List

2016/03/05

MARCH 14- ​One Less on the Bucket List – Madagascar! ​​Bill Creasey, Chief Naturalist, Cincinnati Nature Center

Colombia - Bill Creasey,Madagascar, officially the Republic of Madagascar and previously known as the Malagasy Republic, is an island country in the Indian Ocean, off the coast of Southeast Africa. The nation comprises the island of Madagascar (the fourth-largest island in the world), as well as numerous smaller peripheral islands. Following the prehistoric breakup of the supercontinent Gondwana, Madagascar split from the Indian peninsula around 88 million years ago, allowing native plants and animals to evolve in relative isolation. Consequently, Madagascar is a biodiversity hotspot; over 90% of its wildlife is found nowhere else on Earth. The island is especially known for its unique plant families, unique primates, the Lemurs, its diversity of amphibians, and many unusual insects. The island’s diverse ecosystems and unique wildlife are threatened by the encroachment of the rapidly growing human population, deforestation, and other environmental threats.

Bill Creasey is the Chief Naturalist, Adult Program Manager, and Travel Coordinator at the Cincinnati Nature Center. He began his career at the Nature Center in 1973 and never left his dream job. He has led trips all over the world with his latest adventure a lifelong dream to visit Madagascar. Bill got his undergraduate degree from Miami University double majoring in Botany and Zoology. He got his Masters with Certification in Education from the University of Cincinnati. Creasey’s enthusiasm and desire to educate others about nature and land conservation is contagious and has influenced generations of local conservationists. In 2014 Creasey was the recipient of the Cincinnati Nature Center’s Wood Thrush award along with Hardy Eshbaugh. This award recognized that both distinguished men have worked in environmental educational settings for over 40 years. Through their teaching, mentoring, researching and traveling, Eshbaugh and Creasey have had a profound impact on countless lives.

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