Today was unexpectedly difficult in some ways, but it reminded me of what I truly want aspiring stewards, conservationists, and planet keepers, to know… There are a million different labels we could put on ourselves: environmentalists, conservationists, activists etc, but I believe it is…
I can’t wait to ask God all about what he was thinking as he planned creation. Because every time I look outside, interact with wildlife, or think of the vastness and variety of life on this planet – I can’t help but feel amazed….
If you would have told me a few years back that I would be a college professor, I probably would have laughed and thought you were insane. The thought of public speaking in front of 30 different students for around 8 hours each week…
Sweat to Protect
As a conservationist, I believe it is important that we take the time to learn about the experiences, passions, and interests of others regarding wildlife. In this way, we will be better able to open our perspectives on what experiences or events can trigger…
When you think of a balloon, what comes to mind? If you are like most (including myself), perhaps you think of a birthday gathering, graduation ceremony, or another exciting celebratory event. As a child, I used to look forward to coming downstairs on my…
Today is International Day of Women in Science A day set aside by the United Nations Dept. of Economic and Social Affairs, UNESCO, and the Royal Academy of Science International (RASIT), among others to celebrate women in science. As a female conservation scientist, I…
Why Should You Care? Compassion Fatigue. It’s a real thing. A serious issue arising from a perceived inability to make a desired difference in an area you feel responsible for. Areas ranging from human rights topics, social movements, your career, or perhaps even within…
While attending an event for the Progression Foundation – I was lucky enough to win a beautiful photo of a Hawksbill sea turtle swimming around in the waters of Hawaii. Mounted on shiny metal, I now have the pleasure of admiring this beautiful photo…
Wellness and Wildlife
Sweating to Protect
A quick recap at our time at the Steve Irwin Gala 2018 raising funds to support the Wildlife Warriors. A night of beautiful wildlife, amazing people, and honoring Steve’s legacy.
If we are going to have animals in captivity for conservation education purposes (zoos, outreaches, parks etc), we better ensure that we have a deeper comprehension of how, why, and what impact the animals are having on audiences.
Check out the documentary of my time with the Cheetah Outreach. You an expect a lot of beautiful wildlife, interesting insights, and a better understanding of WSYC.
Today has been an odd day. Do you ever have those? You just wake up and there is a sense of undirected magnetism in the air.
Doing what I love
Along for the ride
How do you bridge the gap between what you want to do with your life and what you are currently doing? How do you bring yourself into the vision or dream you feel your life should be?.
It’s a numbing thought to consider that as we sit on our computers, watch our TVs, or scroll through our instagrams, wildlife across the world are literally fighting for their lives. And while we may not see the immediate causes of this fight – it is imperative that a global awareness for wildlife conservation is raised in order to conserve all remaining populations.
The other day while mindlessly watching TV, I happened to hear something said that quickly grabbed my attention… It was nothing extremely profound, yet it struck me as so. “Inspiration is fleeting” Yes, that is what I heard. Now let those words sink for…
Before reading on about the NWF, I want you to take just 30 seconds and think about all the different wildlife that call North America home. I am sure you could name at least five – maybe even ten different species. Now take another 30 seconds and think about the other species of wildlife that live across this planet’s continents. Perhaps you came up with a few more species off the top of your head… However, I think it is fair to assume that you weren’t able to recall all the names of the remaining 8.7 million plus species scientists currently estimate exist.
Isn’t it a funny thing to think we are all in charge of our own lives, have the same freedom to do as we please, and yet we can become so timid when confronted with a non-tangible idea – like a simple passion for something you have. At least for me – that is often the case. The very things that excite me also scare me more than any thing else…
Some things that I have learned and some photos for you to see of this South African adventure.
Thoughts while flying over the continent of Africa. 12 hours in a plane gives you a lot of time to think!
“The struggle is real.”
Ever heard this saying before? It seems to be a popular phrase quoted by many these days when facing hard times or just a long and tiring day at work…
Recently though – I have found it interesting that despite going through days of my own where the struggle has felt all too real… I have been given more random compliments from friends and words of flattery than I have seemed to notice before. This post is not to point out these compliments, but to bring awareness to the fact that compliments can hold more than just kind words.
Mission:Wolf – the beginning of the WSYC in the field” journey. Read about my time with Jake learning about wolf conservation and receiving the great news that Why Should You Care has gotten its first official research job!
What interesting beings dreams are. They take hold of us and seem to control many of the decisions we make throughout our time on this planet. Some are short-lived, while others manage to cling to us like some sort of parasite – both giving and…
Why should you care? Ever been on a vacation where you have had the opportunity to get upclose and personal with some native wildlife? Perhaps you went to Hawaii and saw a sea-turtle laying lazily near the beach. Maybe you went to the Galapagos…
Recently, Jake and I took our annual trip to Yosemite. While savoring the fresh air and looking in awe upon the granite walls surrounding us, we put together this short informational video for you to further understand what exactly Why You Should Care does – and why it was created.
There are two components to WSYC- Out in the field and and at home on your computer. Both components are aimed at helping the public better understand their connection to conservation topics. However, the in the field component requires a more hands-on approach to directly help conservation organizations, non-profits, and researchers understand how they are truly impacting their audiences and reaching their educational conservation goals.
Written for South Africa’s Cheetah Outreach Trust in coordination with the Australia Zoo Wildlife Warrior program. This piece explains how farmers are using a specific breed of dog to mitigate for and prevent livestock predation and predator retaliation in South Africa.
Without coral reefs, the oceans we depend on for food and health will not be able to function as efficiently as we require them to. And as they face a changing climate among other issues, reefs are in need of your protection and consideration. Even if you think you are too far away from reefs like the Great Barrier to make a difference, your actions at home have an impact on the immediate environment.
When you think of the word poverty, what comes to mind? Do you think of financial problems, a lack of food, and/or poor living conditions? While most people might – have you ever considered that economic growth could be related to disease creating organisms in our environment?
Despite how natural to the human eye wildlife enclosures may appear – there are often various unnatural stimuli animals in captivity must combat with. These stimuli create various stress induced responses within the animals that are harmful to their happiness and well-being.
What do you think of when you hear the word, carnivore? For many people, visions of snarling teeth, danger, and fear often arise. However, take a moment to ask yourself why do you feel these emotions (or any others that you do). Where do your feelings come from? Have you ever even actually seen one of these beautiful creatures in the wild? Or are you basing these emotions off of man-made themes created in movies, literature, the news, or possibly even during casual conversation?
The Sky is dark at night, right? Well, yes – but just how dark should it be and how dare are we making it? Have a look at how man-made light can impact more than just our ability to see the stars.
Have a look at some interesting facts I discovered while studying ways to enhance public involvement with conservation science and just why each of my blog posts are crafted uniquely for you.
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