Highland City Club and The WILD Foundation are pleased to announce a partnership to enhance programming and networking activities for local and international nature conservation and environmental issues. City Club’s mission is to provide leading edge information on key social and civic issues. The WILD Foundation’s Nature Needs Half™ movement is a global vision to protect and interconnect at least half of the planet’s lands and waters, to assure that wild areas can continue to provide essential social, spiritual, biological and economic benefits that support all life on earth.Read More
Vance, WILD’s president, has recently been working hard to spruce up our office. One of his projects was to paint the entrance which required taking down artwork. One of the pieces that hangs right next to the door was a small, circular, green face surrounded by leaves. Vance asked around the office to see if anyone knew what it was; most of us didn’t realize it was there (even though we walk by it every time we come in). Turns out that this figure is the Celtic green man, who is the perfect symbol for The WILD Foundation.Read More
Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Mission Mountain Tribal Wilderness
Salish Kootenai College – Pablo, Montana
Flathead Indian Reservation
September 5-7, 2012
Changing the world requires people who are willing to change themselves…this is as true for people working in nature and wilderness conservation as it is for anyone else. The students and potential young leaders in the year-long training program of Umzi Wethu (South Africa) know this more than most of us can even imagine. They have all come from very disadvantaged, often AIDS-affected, poverty-level families—many of them teenaged heads of their own households of younger siblings, having lost both parents. When Umzi gives them a chance to change, they seize it with both hands, and amazing things happen.
Umzi’s remarkable success continues. On Friday July 27, 2012 the Umzi Wethu training academy for vulnerable youth in Port Elizabeth (Eastern Cape, South Africa) celebrated the graduation of its 10th and 11th intake of students. The ceremony marked the graduation of a total of 177 students since the project’s inception seven years…Read More
Save the date! The landmark outdoor photo exhibition, Wild Wonders of Europe (WWE) is coming to El Retiro Park in central Madrid, Spain on Tuesday, 25 September 2012.
Staffan Widstrand, WWE Managing Director, is on the WILD10 ExCo, and WWE is a close working partner. He will be in the US in October to speak at an event to publicize WILD10 and WWE, co-hosted by The WILD Foundation, The Murie Center, and the National Museum of Wildlife Art. The NMWA will stage the WWE indoor exhibition in October 2013, simultaneously with WILD10 convening in Europe.
WILD10 is a proud partner with Wild Wonders of Europe, Madrid.Read More
In 2010, WILD partnered with the Ewaso Lions Project, which promotes coexistence between lions and local pastoralists in northern Kenya, where rising conflict has contributed to a declining lion population with less than 2,000 individuals remaining. Ewaso Lions is a grassroots project whose mission is to encourage the conservation of lions and other large carnivores through research and community-based outreach programs. In this article, adapted from a piece that appeared on the Kenya Wildlife Trust website, Paul Thomson, managing director of Ewaso Lions, writes about their Warrior Watch program.Read More
A study was conducted in 2009 and 2010 to count the animal species whose territories overlap the heavily traveled section of I-70 in Colorado from Dotsero to Golden. The results of this study are helpful to support the construction of wildlife over and underpasses since it shows the vast diversity and numbers of animals that could be at risk of vehicle collisions. The study also showed that black bears are present in the area where the I-70 wildlife bridge is intended to be built.Read More
Time makes the heart grow fonder…so does distance. This is why Colorado was a perfect venue for Ocean Frontiers. We have a remote experience of oceans…a mile (or more) high and 1600 miles distant.
The director’s positioning of Ocean Frontiers is precisely what we need – and is so often missing — in today’s environmental work. People are nature-fatigued by bad news, doom and gloom, dire warnings…doesn’t work! The solutions presented by Ocean Frontiers are not only interesting and inspiring, they effectively engage people who may not be completely informed but whom want to make a difference. That’s the target audience for all of us whom work full time on effecting change in human society and its relationship to nature.Read More
We’ve had quite a bustling office this summer! WILD hired 5 extremely talented interns to help with a few exciting projects; some new, some old. Leda is keeping the office sane in the “land of administration;” Austin is leading the Nature Needs Half charge; Lauren is doing some awesome outreach for our new I-Wildlife project; and Margo came back from a semester abroad in Spain to help us with WILD10 outreach. And, introducing our newest intern: Jackie Batrus! Jackie is helping to coordinate the GenWILD youth program for WILD10.Read More
As mentioned in the previous “Pronghorn Migration” blog by Alyson Duffey, the WILD staff in Boulder recently took a road trip to visit with our friends and partners at The Murie Center in Jackson Hole, WY. And what a phenomenal trip it was! We couldn’t have asked for better weather; temperatures in the mid 70s and the sun shining down on the majestic Grand Teton mountain range. We were greeted by Crista Valentino, Director of Programs & Communications at TMC, who showed us to our cabins. The Murie team had mentioned to us that a fox had a litter of pups under one of the cabins…and sure enough, they popped right out shortly after our arrival! We all stood by, taking photos and watching the young pups wrestle each other as the mom stretched out in the evening light. What a great start to our visit!Read More