Voices for Biodiversity

Impressions

The Living Boulders of  a Faraway Time
The Living Boulders of  a Faraway Time

by Cyril Christo and Marie Wilkinson

We walked among the armored behemoths in total awe, mesmerized  by the sands and giant green euphorbia bushes that seemed to be from a primeval time.  My wife Marie and I came within 40 feet of a single…

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- Aug 14, 2017
Life as a Scientific Illustrator
Life as a Scientific Illustrator

by Laurel Mundy

I grew up drawing animals. Birds, bugs, whales, my cat, anything you can think of, including animals that didn’t exist. My best friend and I would sit for hours doing nothing else.

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- May 18, 2017
In Search of a Common Wilderness
In Search of a Common Wilderness

by Dan Hawkins

On the morning of January 19, 2017, I found myself in the Tararua Mountains on New Zealand’s North Island, in a gale. I had been in New Zealand for two months as part of a four-month hiking traverse of…

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- May 16, 2017
How Biodiversity is Helping to Revitalize Coal Country
How Biodiversity is Helping to Revitalize Coal Country

by Wally Smith

It's a cold November morning as I drive from my home in rural Wise County, Virginia, to the town of Tazewell, some 80 miles away. My journey takes me across the edge of the Virginia coalfields and through…

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- Apr 30, 2017
Living the Science: Place-Based Education as a Model for Scientific Learning
Living the Science: Place-Based Education as a Model for Scientific Learning

by Jacqueline Gerson

“Dip your hand in the water!” I yelled over the crash of whitewater, and then a few seconds later, “Now try it again!”

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- Apr 20, 2017
Connecting with Biodiversity Using Macro Photography
Connecting with Biodiversity Using Macro Photography

by Matthew Cicanese

In a  2013 article published by American Entomologist, a trio of authors contemplated the importance of macro photography in documenting biodiversity. In their abstract, they summarize: "Digital macrophotography…

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- Apr 10, 2017
Too Rare to Wear: Stopping Illegal Trade of Hawksbill Turtle Products
Too Rare to Wear: Stopping Illegal Trade of Hawksbill Turtle Products

by Georgia Woodroffe

The Too Rare to Wear campaign brings tourist and conservation groups together to end the trade of illegal tortoiseshell products. Also called turtleshell, this material comes from hawksbill sea turtles,…

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- Apr 04, 2017
Meeting Jane Goodall’s Chimps
Meeting Jane Goodall’s Chimps

by Anne Silver

Dar es Salaam was so hot and dry that my husband, Jim, and I had almost forgotten that rain and cold weather even existed. We were however rudely reminded when we arrived in Kigoma, Tanzania, on our quest…

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- Mar 20, 2017
Anthro versus Ecocentric Conservation Perspectives: An Academic Comparison
Anthro versus Ecocentric Conservation Perspectives: An Academic Comparison

by Helen Kopnina

Conservation is most often discussed from two main ethical standpoints: the preservation of natural resources for human use (an anthropocentric position that supports biodiversity protection for the well-being…

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- Feb 09, 2017
I Dream of Bison
I Dream of Bison

by Elke Duerr

I grew up on an organic farm in Germany. By the time I was born, we Germans had already wiped out our large mammals; the wisent (German bison), wolf, bear, lynx, wild cats, auroxen, moose and elk were…

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- Jan 13, 2017
Learning to be a Naturalist at Hubbard Brook
Learning to be a Naturalist at Hubbard Brook

by Torrin Hallett

Having just completed my third year as a music composition, horn performance and mathematics student at Oberlin College and Conservatory, I left my tiny dorm room and musician friends in Ohio to spend…

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- Oct 10, 2016
The Specter of Lionfish: Coping with an Invasive Species
The Specter of Lionfish: Coping with an Invasive Species

by Erika Zambello

The sun shone down on me as I set up my booth at the Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day in Pensacola, Florida. Though I was there to talk about the Emerald Coast’s artificial reef and Gulf to Table program,…

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- Jun 08, 2016