Voices for Biodiversity

Field Notes

Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve
Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve

by Erika Zambello

Apalachicola Bay has long been famous around the world for its thousands of acres of oyster beds. In fact, in the past, 90 percent of Eastern oysters served in Florida were from Apalachicola.

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- Feb 15, 2017
Exploring Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve
Exploring Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve

by Erika Zambello

Wells Reserve on the coast of Southern Maine was designated in 1984 and encompasses 1,600 acres. The reserve staff facilities sit within beautifully restored farm buildings.

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- Dec 12, 2016
Can You Find Green Salamanders? A Community Searches in the Appalachians
Can You Find Green Salamanders? A Community Searches in the Appalachians

by Wally Smith

This is the case with the green salamander, one of the most unique amphibians in the salamander-rich Appalachian Mountains. The only truly green-colored salamander in eastern North America, the green salamander…

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- Sep 12, 2016
Community Mapping in Gabon
Community Mapping in Gabon

by Nina Hamilton

I came to Gabon to study how communities use and value their forest resources, what they see is threatening their resources and why all of that might differ across the landscape. All of the information…

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- Jul 22, 2016
Studying the Indirect Effects of Wildlife Loss at the Mpala Research Centre in Kenya
Studying the Indirect Effects of Wildlife Loss at the Mpala Research Centre in Kenya

by Elizabeth Forbes

First thing on Monday morning, I get into the driver’s side of the Land Cruiser, grasping the “holy sh*t” handle to hoist myself up into the seat. My field team clambers into the back; the other front…

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- Jul 16, 2016
Snowy Plovers and Citizen Science along the Florida Panhandle
Snowy Plovers and Citizen Science along the Florida Panhandle

by Erika Zambello

For those who bird on the Emerald Coast, Snowy Plovers are a relatively common sight on Okaloosa Island – once you walk away from the more crowded beach access points. Less than seven inches long and lighter…

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- Jul 08, 2016
Nine Pieces of Advice for the Community-based Conservationist
Nine Pieces of Advice for the Community-based Conservationist

by Morrison Mast

A couple of years ago, under a Fulbright U.S. Student full grant, I proposed to live in an indigenous Guna community called Armila in the remote Darien region of Panama. My goal for the year was to set…

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- Jun 04, 2016
Bird Conservation in Colombia’s Andean Forests
Bird Conservation in Colombia’s Andean Forests

by Natalia Ocampo-Peñuela

I wake up at 4:30 a.m. in my tent and go out to admire the dark, cloud-covered forest. I meet with my team of locals to warm up and discuss our plan of action. Over a nice cup of Colombian coffee, we sit…

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- May 08, 2016
Touched by an Elephant, Part 3
Touched by an Elephant, Part 3

by Jonathan Whittle-Utter

Returning to the question at hand—why a massage therapist would be interested in researching human-elephant communication? The answer relates to the primacy of touch. Touch is the primal arena of connection…

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- Sep 21, 2015
Touched by an Elephant, Part 2
Touched by an Elephant, Part 2

by Jonathan Whittle-Utter

The sanctuary rests in an open jungle valley in the remote Mondulkiri province of Northeast Cambodia. Like the rest of the country, Mondulkiri is undergoing rampant deforestation, a tremendous threat to…

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- Sep 12, 2015
Touched by an Elephant, Part 1
Touched by an Elephant, Part 1

by Jonathan Whittle-Utter

About three years ago I decided pursue a PhD in somatic psychology. I'd spent the last few years establishing a healthy massage therapy practice in Los Angeles, and although the bodywork was rewarding…

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- Aug 19, 2015
My life in the Naimina Enkiyio Forest, Part II
My life in the Naimina Enkiyio Forest, Part II

by Alfred Mepukori

Continue on the journey through the forests of East Africa with Maasai warrior Alfred Mepukori, who tells readers about growing up Maasai, why elephants matter, and survival in the Naimina Enkiyio Forest.

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- Nov 18, 2013