Voices for Biodiversity

Field Notes

Stolen Lives: Meeting Rescued Primates in Vietnam
Stolen Lives: Meeting Rescued Primates in Vietnam

by Caroline Jeffery

Despite protective laws, thousands of primates are taken from the wild every day. They are then illegally sold for the exotic pet trade or roadside tourism. And because they are no longer getting the correct…

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- Jun 06, 2018
When a Tourist Meets Nature: A Story from a City-Dwelling Brit
When a Tourist Meets Nature: A Story from a City-Dwelling Brit

by Caroline Jeffery

"What about there?" I point at a green patch on the computer screen. My partner and I are planning the next route of our journey through Southeast Asia. And by planning, I mean deciding one day in advance.

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- May 02, 2018
In the Wake of Dolphins
In the Wake of Dolphins

by Debra Denker

The pod of five dolphins gracefully, effortlessly, swims past me, perhaps a dolphin-length away. Entranced, I simply follow. Dolphins swim with powerful vertical thrusts of their tails, and for a few moments…

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- Mar 14, 2018
Conservación de Aves en los Bosques Andinos de Colombia
Conservación de Aves en los Bosques Andinos de Colombia

by Natalia Ocampo-Peñuela

Me despierto a las 4:30 de la madrugada en mi tienda de campaña y salgo a admirar el bosque oscuro y cubierto de nubes. Me reúno con mi equipo local para entrar en calor y discutir nuestro plan de acción.

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- Dec 15, 2017
The Whales of Husavik, Iceland
The Whales of Husavik, Iceland

by Erika Reiter

There is a small town in northern Iceland that describes itself as Europe’s best whale-watching destination. I traveled there in August 2016 to conduct research for my master’s thesis — I wanted to interview…

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- Dec 06, 2017
Studying Sea Otters at Elkhorn Slough
Studying Sea Otters at Elkhorn Slough

by Erika Zambello

I stood atop Yampah Hill with Kerstin Wasson, Research Coordinator for the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve (ESNERR). A large tidal creek wove through the marsh grass, its arms snaking…

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- Aug 06, 2017
Searching for Fish in Cameroon
Searching for Fish in Cameroon

by Joe Cutler

Crowds of people funneled past me as I unloaded my sampling equipment from the back of a taxi in Cameroon’s Kumba Market. The driver helped me pull my gear from the trunk: a huge backpack, a sack of gillnets,…

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- Jul 02, 2017
Waiting for Owls
Waiting for Owls

by Laurel Mundy

In the woods, the air is still and quiet. The ground is warm from the sunshine that beats down on the hillside all day, but mostly, it’s dark. The lightest breeze brings the smell of ponderosa bark and…

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- Jun 26, 2017
New Fishing Line Recyclers Along the Emerald Coast
New Fishing Line Recyclers Along the Emerald Coast

by Erika Zambello

For a few months this winter, my office in Okaloosa County became storage space for ten monofilament recyclers. Wide PVC pipes had been painted with beautiful marine designs — from herons to crabs to mermaids…

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- May 24, 2017
The Science of Sooty Tern Migrations
The Science of Sooty Tern Migrations

by Ryan Huang

Life as a bird is hard. Life as a seabird can be really hard. Seabirds spend the vast majority of their time in a habitat that provides no drinkable water or shelter, a place that can be as vast and empty…

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- May 10, 2017
Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve
Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve

by Erika Zambello

I disembarked at Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve (mercifully abbreviated to GTM NERR) with a group of practitioners, researchers and ecologists from around the world. The group…

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- Mar 23, 2017
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