• Napa County UCCE

Napa 4-H is excited to welcome Dr. Quinton and Elizabeth Martins for a fun evening learning about the exciting research conducted by Living with Lions, ACR's community conservation project in the Mayacamas Mountains of Sonoma and Napa Counties. We will hear about what the mountain lions in our region are doing, what they need and where they travel. We will discuss benefits of using farming methods that allow successful co-existence with wildlife, and ways in which 4-H clubs can partner with the Living with Lions project and share ideas to help protect our ecosystem and keep our livestock safe.

Public of all ages welcome – bring friends! RSVP with # of attendees to: rutherford4H@gmail.com or 949-842-4499

The talk will be held at UCCE - Napa, 1710 Soscol Ave, Napa, CA.

For more information about Living with Lions, click here.

Liz Martins, Living with Lions Education Coordinator, brings her passion for connecting children to wildlife to Living with Lions' education program, which teaches children about our wild neighbors and the valuable role mountain lions play in the ecosystem. Liz draws on her experience as an environmental educator in South Africa, where she set up and ran the Cape Leopard Trust's Education Project. Liz was previously a Waldorf teacher and has a degree in Anthropology and Archaeology. She has been a docent at ACR's Bouverie Preserve since 2016 and recently completed a children's book for her daughter, Oh no, not the Grandmother Tree!, based on California wildlife.

Quinton Martins, Ph.D., is Principal Investigator and Director of Living with Lions, ACR's community conservation project centered around the North Bay's mountain lion population. Dr. Martins is the former founder and CEO of the Cape Leopard Trust, a successful predator conservation NGO based in South Africa. He has over 20 years of field experience having worked in wilderness areas throughout much of Africa, Saudi Arabia and the USA. From specialist safari guiding, leading a scorpion collecting expedition for the Smithsonian Institution in the desert of Namibia, to mist-netting birds in central African rainforests, Quinton turned to studying predators in 2003. He completed his doctorate “The Ecology of leopards in the Cederberg Mountains, South Africa” through the University of Bristol, U.K. in 2010 and is considered the world’s leading expert on Cape mountain leopards and a skilled predator trapper. Quinton is a research associate and fellow at Bristol and Stellenbosch Universities.