On the Remembrance Day long weekend, members of the student chapter had the opportunity to volunteer at the Northern Lights Wildlife Society. They helped to rebuild an enclosure for a young lynx, and got to interact with a variety of wild animals you normally couldn't get that close to.
Keep in mind that all of the profits from our calendar sales go back to this group to help keep them doing what they do best.
How to be an inconsiderate wildlife photographer - Lesson 1: do as these folks are doing and create a "WALL OF HUMAN" in a well trodden wildlife road. I encountered this scene this past Friday at #pocosinlakes wildlife refuge and while, yes, it was extremely aggravating on a photographic level to have inconsiderate photographers in the area, it was more deeply concerning to witness the impact on the wildlife. Sometimes one must bear witness in order to create something with a higher purpose. In bearing witness to this high level of stupidity, I was able to take a series of photos that exemplify how not to behave when photographing wildlife, including a very close encounter where these folks acted in egregiously wrong ways. It's going to make for a great article for the state chapter of the wildlife society newsletter that I co-edit. If anyone is interested in a copy of that article, please DM me your email and write "NCTWS article," and when it comes out, I'll email you a copy (FYI it could be a while). #higherpurpose#thewildlifesociety
This is a bit of an introspective post, so read on if you care.... Whenever I travel, I'm always drawn to nature, even when I'm in an urban landscape. But it was always an integral part of my childhood, and led to the profession I'm in today. One of the lasting thoughts I have from the Wildlife Society conference I attended in Albuquerque is the issue of diversity in the wildlife sciences (and really ecology in general) - of both gender and culture. As a caucasian male in the field, I'm one of many, and that's made me question what kind of role I should have moving forward in my career - I'm not one of the visible minorities that are under-represented in my field. I don't think I have an answer yet. But I like the word facilitate. Facilitate connections between young people and mentors who look like them. And also acceptance. Be accepting and welcoming of those who show an interest in the natural world, regardless of their background. Because exclusion- whether intentional or not - only serves to impede progress in our conservation and management goals.
A travel experience is 100% informed by your companions. Thank you infinitely to the crew of The Red Baron for making this trip side-splitting, collectively calming hysteria, and being an all around badass road crew. 💞 #TheWildlifeSociety#TWS#redbaron @lamillerrrr @abutler1397 @haley_keff