The Eyes on Conservation Podcast

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What is the first thing that you think of if you hear the words “tropical forest conservation”? You wouldn’t be alone in imagining an untouched, fenced-off expanse of land, but today we’re going to discuss how it is possible to sustainably use a forest in a way that benefits both forest and people through sustainable forestry techniques. We’re going to visit the very special place that is Iwokrama, a protected area comprising 371,000 hectares of forest in the middle of Guyana, South America.I’m Iona Cunningham-Eurich, a recent biology graduate and conservation-enthusiast who has had the opportunity to visit Iwokrama on three separate occasions to perform biological monitoring surveys. During my time there, I was able to learn about its unique management strategies, and I wanted to share its story. Guyana is a small country in the North-East of South America, situated between Venezuela, Brazil and Suriname, with a tiny population of about 750,000 people. It is one of the most forested countries in the world (over 82% pristine rainforest), and possesses a total of 5 protected areas, including Iwokrama, Kaieteur National Park (one of the oldest protected areas in South America known for its spectacular waterfall), and the indigenous-owned Kanashen Protected Area.In this episode of Earth to Humans, I first speak to Dr. Raquel Thomas-Caesar, a tropical forest ecologist and the Director of Resource Management and Training at Iwokrama. She tells me about the importance of ensuring that local communities are incorporated into all aspects of forest management, as well as the different businesses that Iwokrama runs in its aim of self sufficiency, including sustainable forestry and ecotourism (although we primarily discuss the forestry business in this podcast).I then talk to Dr. Jake Bicknell, a conservation scientist at DICE (Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology) at the University of Kent whose research focuses on degraded tropical forests, including in Guyana. We discuss in further detail the impact of sustainable forestry (Reduced Impact Logging) techniques on forest ecosystems, as well as the potential effects of hunting and mining in those areas. Contact: if you are interested in learning more about Iwokrama, its forestry business or its tourism business, you can find out more by checking out the following resources:Iwokrama website: https://iwokrama.orgShort film about Iwokrama “Green Heart”: Facebook: Email Raquel: Correction: the Kanashen Indigenous Protected Area owned by the Wai Wai people is 625,000 hectares, not 425,000 as stated in this episode.Music "Green Iver" and "Questing" by Ari de Niro via Creative Commons.
This Earth to Humans roundtable discussion was recorded LIVE on election night! Join us for discussion and analysis about the implications of this unprecedented election and how the outcome could effect the environment, wildlife, and much more.
In this episode of Earth to Humans, which is shared from the Wild Lens produced series COMMON LAND, we explore the ancient history of the Snake River Canyon region in Southwestern Idaho. The Shoshone and Paiute people and their ancestors have lived in and around this area for at least 14,500 years, and this episodes shares a look at their culture and lifeways before the arrival of European American settlers.
When we think of organized crime, we don’t often think of it involving wildlife. Something more along the lines of the Sopranos and Breaking Bad maybe, but not tigers and turtles. Jessica Graham is trying to change that. It may be surprising to know that wildlife trafficking is one of the five most lucrative illegal, global trades, valued at over 20 billion USD per year. Jessica, who has worked in INTERPOL’s Environmental Security Program as well as in the U.S. State Department’s Presidential Task Force for Combating Wildlife Trafficking, is fighting to put an end to wildlife trafficking through partnership building and on the ground work. In this episode, we discuss the mechanics behind wildlife crimes, the link between the illegal wildlife trade and future pandemics, as well as female anti-poaching teams in Africa setting the example for a world without corruption. Links: used in this episode by Blue Dot Sessions via Creative Commons licensing.
After months of conversation, debate, and reflecting on listener feedback... we've settled on a new name. We are still the Eyes on Conservation people you've come to expect, but our focus is shifting ever-so-slightly to the needs of this world and the people, plants, and animals on it. We hope you continue to join us for the adventure. Find out more at www.wildlensinc.orgMusic in this show: "Hotshot", by Scott Holmes via Creative Commons licensing.
A case of the Nigerian Bird Atlas Project (NiBAP)“Birds are just a window for us to get a better understanding of what goes on around us and for us to understand what our impacts might be on the environment and on other wildlife.” Dr. Samuel IvandeWherever you are in the world, September is an important time in the year for many species of migratory (migrant) birds because it typically marks the beginning of a new season and some birds are either leaving or returning. In Africa, some yearly bird visitors begin to arrive in September, especially from Europe.In this podcast episode, we talk about the importance of international collaboration in the study and conservation of migratory birds and especially how it is fueled by local participation. We also talk about the challenges faced by Nigerian conservationists in their efforts to collect local bird data and increase awareness of biodiversity issues in Nigeria.Our guest, Dr. Samuel Ivande is a research/teaching fellow with the A. P. Leventis Ornithological Research Institute, Jos, Nigeria (, and a lecturer at the University of Jos. Dr. Ivande studied migratory birds for his PhD at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, which he completed in 2015 and since then he has been involved with the Nigerian Bird Atlas Project ( – a citizen science project seeking to promote public participation in updating information about the natural history of birds in Nigeria.Dr. Ivande also serves on the executive committee of the Migrant Landbird Study Group (, a group for promoting collaborative research for migratory landbirds across flyways, and he is currently involved with the collaborative Egyptian Vulture – New LIFE Project ( Great links for more information:A really nice documentary about the Nigerian bird atlas project Sam talks about birdwatching and the use of apps episode of EOC was produced by Wild Lens Collective member, Esther Nosazeogie. See more of Esther work here. Music: Happy Clappy by John Bartmann from
Paulette Jordan is a candidate for the US Senate in Idaho, and a former Idaho state representative. If elected, she would be the first female senator to represent Idaho, and the first female Native American senator in US history. In our interview, Jordan discusses how her background has informed her approach towards running her campaign, and why she has a shot at victory despite Idaho's reputation as an extremely conservative state.
When we think about communities that are threatened by climate change, we often think about coastal areas and how these communities will be affected by sea-level rise, but we often don’t think about the other elevation extreme; how mountainous communities are going to be affected, and how they will have to adapt. In this podcast episode, we dive in to learn how mountainous communities around the world are adapting to climate change. We are joined by two researchers who lend different perspectives to understanding what threats these communities face and how they can adapt.  Dr. Kelli Archie is the Senior Science Advisor at the Institute for Ecological Civilization. She spent the past 12 years as an academic in New Zealand and the USA studying climate change adaptation. Dr. Archie speaks about where her passion for this topic came from, why mountainous communities are at more risk than some other geographic areas and she discusses her research findings and its implications. Tina Chen received the prestigious Watson Fellowship to conduct an interesting explorative research project where she spent a year traveling alone to live in various mountainous communities, learning about how they are adapting to climate change. Ms. Chen joins EOC to tell us what she learned from that one year’s experience.  Take a plunge into learning about climate change, ski towns, yak butter, politics, and more.Music: “Hit the Road” by VESHZA This episode was produced by Wild Lens Collective member, Emily Stanford
Coral reefs are one of the world’s most diverse ecosystems. While 1% of the world’s oceans are coral reefs, they support 25% of all marine life and feed more than 500 million people. In some areas of Florida and the Caribbean, the coral cover has declined by 50% to 80% in the last 30 years and it takes centuries for these reefs to develop naturally, thus running the risk of losing them altogether. But every dark cloud has a silver lining! Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium has developed a unique “micro fragmentation and fusion” method to grow corals 50 times faster in their nurseries than they grow naturally. Yes! They have a 95% survival rate when placed onto the reef. And they are doing this with the help of financial partnerships.So, to gain a deeper understanding of our coral reefs and this partnership, wildlife film-maker and presenter, Aishwarya Sridhar spoke to Dr. Erinn Muller, Program Manager and Science Director of the Elizabeth Moore International Center for Coral Reef Research and Restoration at Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium and Scott Sensenbrenner, CEO of Enzymedica, a digestive enzyme supplements company. In the last 10 years, Mote has planted over 70,000 corals onto Florida's Coral Reef, and Enzymedica provides additional support for coral restoration.Scott Sensenbrenner’s passion for the oceans is deep and he is committed to saving the coral reefs. He has been the CEO and a Director of Enzymedica since September of 2009. He is passionate about supporting Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium and the amazing work they are doing to save Florida’s coral reefs.Dr. Erinn Muller has studied coral health and disease for the last 15 years in many places throughout the world including the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, the Florid Keys, and as far away as Indonesia and Saudi Arabia. She has published 24 peer-reviewed publications on coral health and disease. Muller’s research is funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Park Service, NOAA’s Coral Reef Conservation Program, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and through philanthropy like that of Enzymedica. She received the prestigious Young Scientist of the Year Award from the International Society for Reef Studies in 2015, became a Staff Scientist in 2015, and the Coral Health and Disease Program Manager at Mote in Sarasota, Florida, in 2016. She is now the Science Director of Mote Marine Laboratory’s Elizabeth Moore International Center for Coral Reef Research and Restoration. Take a plunge into the unique world of corals by listening to this podcast!!  Website- https://mote.orgFacebook- @motemarinelabTwitter- @MoteMarineLab Music- Organisms by Chad Crouch from Free Music Archives. 
Shrouded in mystery, misunderstood, vilified and beautiful, mountain lions, pumas, cougars (or however you refer to them), exist in our modern world in constant conflict. People hate them, people love them, or people fear them. Mark Elbroch is a mountain lion biologist who has dedicated his career to not only studying these elusive animals, but working to bridge the divide among different stakeholders, agencies, and advocates. In Mark’s new book, The Cougar Conundrum (available August 13, 2020), he dismisses long-held myths about mountain lions and uses groundbreaking science to uncover important new information about their social habits.Mark argues that humans and mountain lions can peacefully coexist in close proximity if we ignore uninformed hype and instead arm ourselves with knowledge and common sense. He walks us through the realities of human safety in the presence of mountain lions, livestock safety, competition with hunters for deer and elk, and threats to rare species, dispelling the paranoia with facts and logic. In the last few chapters, he touches on human impacts on mountain lions and the need for a sensible management strategy. The result, he argues, is a win-win for humans, mountain lions, and the ecosystems that depend on keystone predators to keep them in healthy balance.In this episode, Mark breaks down the mythology and takes us through some of the biology and natural history behind these animals, and contextualizes current management practices and public perception in unexpected ways! If you’ve ever wondered why we think the way we do about mountain lions in this country, buckle up, because it may surprise you. For more information, visit:
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Things are changing at EOC! Send us an email and let us know your thoughts at info@wildlensinc.orgThis episode was originally published nearly 2 years ago, but it could have been made yesterday. Thank you Sarinah Simons and Rue Mapp for this piece of internet gold.Original Text: On today’s episode of the show, I interview a woman who has inspired me and many people like me to embrace themselves in outdoor spaces and find community even when its not always easy. Her name is Rue Mapp, and she is the CEO and founder of Outdoor Afro, a not-for-profit organization founded in Oakland, California that is at the forefront of celebrating and inspiring African American connections in nature. Outdoor Afro represents a network across 30 states, challenging and changing representation in the outdoors and connecting thousands of people to outdoor experiences.
As the world of brand names and politicians offer their bandwagon platitudes for the summer of 2020 we’ve been thinking a lot about what that means for us. On the surface of it, conversations about wildlife, nature, conservation, climate change, mass extinction, and more – don’t often feel like there is a direct connection with racism, LGBTQ rights, gender equality, rampant runaway nationalism, classism, wealth inequality... And yet, the two worlds of our cultural values and the physical space and beings which inhabit it are completely intertwined. They are intersectional. They are undetachable. That is why we have made the decision to rebrand our podcast. We feel the name “Eyes on Conservation” no longer serves the purpose it once did. We feel that it doesn’t address those issues enough, and instead of simply throwing a #BLM stamp on our Instagram, patting ourselves on the back, and calling it a day, we’ve decided to make social equality and natural conservation - the natural allies that they are - central to our journey forward.  And we want you to take the journey with us. We would like to hear from you what you think about this. What ideas you have for a new name, what concerns or questions you have. Please give us your feedback either through email at or by calling our voicemail at 208-917-3786. We will listen and read everything you send us and would love to share your answers on an upcoming episode.  Wild Lens Collective member Sarinah Simons is a freelance filmmaker, activist and intersectional environmentalist currently based in northern California. She works in wildlife management for the state. Sarinah is passionate about telling stories about wildlife and marginalized communities. Her upcoming projects include the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band’s traditional fire practices in California, and A Change in the Clouds, the story of Panama’s indigenous Guna Yala people, jaguar conservation, and the crossroads of climate change. Website: IG: GoFundMe:  Wild Lens Collective member Ben-Alex Dupris, aka @Bendigenous, is an enrolled member of the Colville Confederated Tribes, where he grew up. Over the years he has worked in commercial entertainment, tribal language preservation, youth media training and most recently, documenting front-line environmental activism.  He is a Concordia Studios Artist-In-Residence Alumni headed by Academy-Award winner Davis Guggenheim, Firelight Impact Producer's Fellow, and a Sundance Institute "Rauschenberg" Producer's Fellow. His directorial debut, Sweetheart Dancers, was a Grand Jury Winner for best short film at OUTFEST LA, and his upcoming PBS American Masters features Pawnee painter Bunky Echo-Hawk as a part of a series curated by Firelight Media.  @Bendigenous also teaches “Indigenous Mythology in Film” at Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies, with upcoming class dates coming up in the 2020-2021 year.   The work we’re doing is made possible because of people like our patrons on Patreon. Thank you so much to all of you. Please consider becoming a supporter for as little as a buck a show at A Message From the Native Filmmakers Fighting the Dakota Pipeline at Standing Rock – Speech by John Trudell “We Are Power”, video short produce by Ben Alex and Heather Rae  Sweetheart Dancers – Directed and Produced by Ben Alex Dupris Extended Interview: Burning a Forest to Revive a People – Valentin Lopez for PBS explaining the significance of fire practices for the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band A Change in the Clouds – Directed and Produced by Sarinah Simons Sea of Shadows – Co-director, Matthew Podolsky Music in today’s show by Blue Dot Sessions via the Free Music Archive under Creative Commons licensing.
“My focus was on the impact of environmental and climate change on national security, a growing concern of the military and intelligence communities… The White House blocked the submission of my bureau’s written testimony [because] the analysis did not comport with the administration’s position on climate change.” – Rod Schoonover, July 2019. Dr. Rod Schoonover was a tenured professor when he went to work for the United States intelligence community in 2009. His task was to investigate the science behind climate change and assess any risk associated to national security. One of a handful of intelligence analysts doing work on climate change, the results and prognosis were troubling. Regardless, Schoonover at least had the assurance that he would have an apolitical space to do his job. That all changed in June of 2019 when he was asked to testify in front of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence about the national security concerns from climate change that lie ahead in the coming years. The night before his testimony he was notified that the Trump administration was blocking his testimony from taking place at all. After ongoing negotiations throughout the evening, Schoonover was reluctantly permitted to give a brief summary of his 11 page report. The report, unfortunately, was never entered into official record. But, you can still read it here. Watch Dr. Rod Schoonover’s National Security and Climate Change testimony here. His comments begin at minute 12:50. Music used in this episode by The Great Turtle.
Oceans are the lifeline of our blue planet and they cover nearly ¾ of the Earth’s surface. And on June 8th we celebrated World Oceans Day. Who doesn’t love the ocean right? Beaches, the lovely breeze, the feel of sand beneath your feet, the wildlife. So, wildlife film-maker and presenter, Aishwarya Sridhar talks to Francesca Trotman, managing director and founder of Love The Oceans. Love the Oceans is a non-profit marine conservation organisation working in Jangamo Bay, Mozambique since 2014. LTO is working to protect and study the diverse marine life found here, including many species of sharks, rays and the famous humpback whales. They use research, education and diving to drive action towards a more sustainable future. Their ultimate goal is to establish a Marine Protected Area for the Inhambane Province in Mozambique, achieving higher biodiversity whilst protecting endangered species. Francesca Trotman holds a Masters in Marine Biology. Francesca has always had a passion for marine life and is an emerging leader in the ethical tourism space. An avid diver since the age of 13 with a keen interest in all aspects of marine life, Francesca is particularly passionate about sharks. Results orientated, she constantly encourages people to consider conservation in everyday life and take a greener approach to modern living. As the founder she likes to stay close to the research and community, overseeing the majority of programs on the ground in Mozambique. Let the sound of waves and ocean breeze lift your spirits as you listen to this podcast from your home!! Love The Ocean Social MediaInstagram: @lovetheoceansTwitter: Music used: Bumbling Bumbling by Pictures of the Floating World
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on our relationship with wildlife. The virus that causes COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, is zoonotic, which means it originated in an animal. Experts believe the virus emerged in bats then jumped to an intermediary host, possibly pangolins, before infecting humans. Evidence suggests that the virus made the first leap from animal to human in a wet market in Wuhan China where a wide variety of wild animals, including bats, crocodiles, wolf puppies, giant salamanders, snakes, rats, peacocks, and porcupines, were being bought and sold. That market was temporarily shut down and the city of Wuhan has vowed to end the sale of wild animals within its borders. However, the threat of a new pandemic looms. All over the world, humans are creating perfect conditions for zoonotic disease emergence. Not only are people trafficking wildlife for food, traditional medicine, and trinkets all over the world, we are destroying wilderness, forcing wild animals and people closer together. In the months since the COVID-19 pandemic swept the globe, scientists, conservationists, and world leaders have called for a crackdown on the sale of wild animals. However, few countries have taken meaningful steps to do so. The Chinese government said it would ban the sale of several species of wild animals, but left exemptions for wildlife products sold for use as traditional medicine. In this episode, environmental journalist Annie Roth speaks with Rachel Nuwer about what the future of our relationship with wildlife might look like in a post-pandemic world.Song used in today's show: Postman Jack by Lobo Loco via Creative Commons Licensing.There is more of this conversation! For full access, visit episode was produced by Annie Roth. For more of her work, please visit For more information about Rachel Nuwer and her work, please visit
Common Land is a radio documentary series that explores the creation stories behind protected areas. Season Two of Common Land will be focused on the Appalachian Trail, and production was scheduled to start in March of 2020.  Unfortunately, the spread of COVID-19 has forced us, along with many others hoping to thru-hike the entire 2,200-mile-long trail, to postpone their trips.  In this bonus episode of the show, we explore the motivations behind those seeking to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail, and examine how the spread of COVID-19 has affected these hikers, as well as the trail itself.
Documentary producer Nate Ford invites two big cat experts to weigh in on the record breaking documentary series, “Tiger King.” Did you watch the show and fall in love with tigers? Find out ways to get involved in big cat conservation and learn how to impact legislation (like, right now) by supporting the Big Cat Safety Act. Are you tired of hearing your neighbor talk about getting a pet tiger? Tune in to find out the legitimate reasons why that is a TERRIBLE idea. Then, go tell your neighbor. And then, consider moving. Kimberly Craighead is the co-founder of the Kaminando Habitat Connectivity Initiative, where her team collects data on wild jaguars in Panama through the use of camera traps. One of her main goals is to empower local Panamanians as well as conservationists around the world to participate in preserving suitable natural environments for the jaguar. Tune in to hear about her treks in the jungle and the touching story about a tapir that was captured in a village in Panama, and how the villagers responded. To learn more about Kimberly's work, visit Amy Gotliffe is the Director of Conservation for the Oakland Zoo, which has provided “forever homes” to rescued big cats for years. They continue to push the limit of what a zoo can be by sparking ideas and fostering a global response to animal conservation. Amy gives pointers on how to get involved in the stewardship of a species you love and expands on the myriad of ways in which we can maximize small personal decisions for a global impact. Grab your favorite stuffed animal and sequined jacket…EOC takes on the Tiger King!  Music by David Bashford (via Bloc Films)
In today’s episode of Eyes on Conservation, filmmaker Kristin Tieche invites two women in bat conservation who appear in her upcoming feature documentary about bats, The Invisible Mammal. Dr. Winifred Frick is the Chief Scientist at Bat Conservation International and an Associate Research Professor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at UC Santa Cruz. Dr. Frick has studied the ecology and conservation of bats for nearly 20 years and has worked around the globe on bat conservation, including projects in Mexico, Rwanda, Guinea, Fiji, and Jamaica. With nearly 1,400 species, bats are the second most diverse group of mammals on earth, yet many species are threatened by the forces of global change.Corky Quirk is the founder of NorCal Bats, an organization that provides care for injuredbats and educational programs for libraries, school, nature programs, fairs and otherevents throughout the region. Corky has been working intensely with native bats since2004 and has educated thousands of people. She is permitted through the CA Department of Fish and Wildlife and the USDA to work with injured and orphaned bats, and returning them to the wild. She keeps a captive colony of non-releasable bats for use in education.How has the coronavirus pandemic disrupted bat conservation? On April 10, 2020, the US Government suspended all bat research across the country, in an effort to curtail the spread of the virus. Frick and Quirk discuss how the new restrictions have affected their work, dispel new myths that have arisen about bats and their connection to coronavirus, and explain why protecting bat biodiversity and bat habitat around the world (and in your backyard) is so important.Important links:The Invisible Mammal: Conservation International: Bats: Basin Foundation: Alliance: Cave
Happy Earth Day!Talk to us! What's your favorite quarantine activity? Call the voicemail! 208-917-3786Join Wild Lens Collective members and EOC producers for a Covid-19 Roundtable on Earth Day roundtable talking about how the Coronavirus has affected all of our lives, our work, and most importantly - the environment. For a full list of show notes including web links, articles, and MEMES discussed in today's show - head over to the show notes page at!
It’s Startup meets YouTube meets Twitch meets National Geographic. You know what? To really understand you’re just going to have to check it out yourself! Co-founders Rob Whitehair and Alex Finden (Happy birthday!) tell the story of how this brand new tech startup began, and what truly makes it a one-in-a-million platform. From the Mammalz Website:“Founded by wildlife filmmakers Rob Whitehair and Alexander Finden, Mammalz is the “Twitch for Nature”; an app- and web-based media streaming and social platform dedicated to nature storytelling and driven by community. Whether you are a professional media maker, scientist, educator, artist, writer, or one of over 600 million nature enthusiasts across the planet, Mammalz provides you with the tools to personalize your experience, share your love of nature, and truly make a difference. The Mammalz mission is to promote a greater global public understanding of nature and the environment while acting as a bridge between science, media makers, and the public. Rob Whitehair, Co-Founder and CEO Rob is a 20 year veteran of the natural history film industry. He is a multi-award-winning filmmaker, producer, and executive who has directed, produced and shot films for broadcast and theatrical markets worldwide. He is known throughout the industry for his vision, leadership, inspiration and his ability to take seemingly impossible ideas and turn them into a reality. Mammalz is the culmination of Rob’s dream to create a next-generation media platform that will connect people on a global scale through their love for nature. Alexander Finden, Co-Founder and COO Inspired by the underwater world, Alex is a highly creative, award-winning wildlife filmmaker, Divemaster, YouTube channel manager, Twitch content editor, and operational guru. He is known for being a master of details, turning ideas into actions, and keeping calm in the storm. Alex is fascinated with portable live-streaming technologies and plans to encourage outdoor streaming as one of the most popular content types on Mammalz.” Music used in today’s show, “Questing” and “Green Iver” from Ari de Niro on the Free Music Archive via Creative Commons Licensing.Real Mammalz audio from real Mammalz users: Day's Edge Productions, The Great Mexican Bird Resurvey Project. Ben Zino, How to find rare winter salamanders. Dusty Hulet, Friction Fire with Ford Thunder Erickson. Billy Heaney, In search of the killer whale. Kathryn Chalk, Ever seen a cricket present the weather forecast. Angus Hamilton, Stop, Drop and Roll! The Brookesia Chameleons of Madagascar. Jim Michael, A torrent of snow geese. Renee Sweaney, Our resident kestrals.
Turn down the lights, pour yourself a beverage, and tune your ears to the smooth offerings of Ayana Young, host and author of the podcast and book, For the Wild. Ayana visits with Matthew Podolsky about how she got started in activism going all the way back to her childhood poetry. Ayana is no stranger to speaking truth to power. A graduate of the Occupy movement, she went on to live the camper life, traveling at home and abroad in a quest to understand this crazy world just a bit better. To read about her book, listen to her amazing podcast, and for links to her social media visit her website at Music used in today’s show: “As I Was Saying” by Lee Rosevere, “Forgotten Landscape” by Daniel Birch, and “Variation Waldheim” by Blue Dot Sessions from the Free Music Archive via Creative Commons Licensing. For a list of the show notes, please visit the website
When we think of wetlands, most of us see them as ghostly swamps where spiders have huge webs that look like banshee in veils, or the dangerous Dead Marshes through which Gollum led Frodo in the Lord of the Rings. However, wetlands are not at all these dangerous, murky, smelly, marshy areas. In fact they are the most cheerful places full of life and activity. It’s where life gravitates to, where human settlements started and where wildlife will gravitate around as well. These marshes, swamps and lagoons are a critical part of our natural environment. Wetlands are one of the most productive ecosystems in the world comparable to rain forests and coral reefs. But sadly today, they are disappearing 3 times faster than our forests. A meagre 6% of the Earth’s surface is covered by wetlands whereas 31% of the earth’s surface still has forests. And yet people don’t seem to appreciate them in the same way, don’t love them as much as forests. They are hardly considered even important. In this episode, a young wildlife presenter and film-maker, Aishwarya Sridhar from India, talks to Mr. Debi Goenka and Mr. Nikhil Bhopale about the importance of wetland eco-systems in a world plagued by climate crisis. Mr. Goenka has been working towards the protection of mangroves and wetlands for over 35 years of his life. He is the executive trustee of Conservation Action Trust (a non-governmental organisation in India) engaged in environmental protection and he’s the force behind the recent policy protecting the Indian mangroves. On the other hand, Mr. Nihil Bhopale is an educationist, conservationist and an author, having written a book on the birds of the Indian subcontinent. He is the founder of Green Works Trust, an NGO pioneering environmental education in India. They discuss the role of wetlands, the crisis facing them and the need to protect them urgently. "Crescents" by Ketsa used via Creative Commons Licensing from the Free Music Archive. us a voice note or even a regular ole email to!  On this episode of EOC, I spoke with author and environmental historian, Bathsheba Demuth. Demuth is an Assistant Professor at Brown University who specializes in the intersection between humans, ecosystems, ideas, and history. We talked over Skype while Demuth was in Fairbanks as the professor was performing research for her new book. Her first book is titled Floating Coast, An Environmental History of the Bering Strait. NPR called it “A deeply studied, deeply felt book that lays out a devastating but complex history of change, notes what faces us now, and dares us to imagine better.”  As we proceed I will note that I spoke with Professor Demuth from the university library, so it can be a little loud in the background at times. I can promise you, however, that this will be one of the most compelling and interesting accounts of the history of whaling that you have ever heard. Demuth was drawn to the arctic in her formative years, even living in the Yukon for two years – doing all the things you’re imagining right now: tracking bears, fishing salmon, and yes, even husky mushin’. And no, I’m not making that up. She’s that for-real. Special thanks to Bathsheba Demuth for taking the time to share with us about her experiences and research from her book, Floating Coast, and recounting her findings around Soviet Whaling in the Bering Strait. For information about Professor Demuth visit her website at and for stunning images from the arctic, check out her Instagram at She is also on Twitter @brdemuth. For a full list of this episode’s links, and contributors including music used in this show, please visit the show note’s page at Music used via Creative Commons licensing. Running on Empty by Poddington Bear, Ben Bolt; In the Gloaming by Bohumir Kryl, and Failed Moments by Ari de Niro.
In this era of climate crisis and extinction crisis, it’s not hard to feel like there’s nothing we can do to stop these cascading and devastating global environmental trends. Some activists have taken the motto "Think globally, act locally" to heart.In this episode, Kristin Tieche talks to Ildiko Polony, an environmental activist who is the founder of a new organization called Wildfires to Wildflowers, whose mission is to restore California lands for climate stability and reach carbon negativity by 2046.Kristin joins Ildiko for a hike on Ring Mountain in Marin County, California. Ildiko shares her extensive knowledge of native plants and invasive species, and is joined by naturalist Paul Bouscal as they hike the mountain and interpret the landscape along the way.For Ildiko, reconnecting and restoring natural habitat is the most effective and rewarding way to create positive change in the face of our planet's most pressing environmental crises.For more information, please visit:
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