Newly Discovered Blue Tarantula a Beacon for Invertebrate Conservation

November 20, 2017

Walking through the jungle in the dark of the night, my visual stimuli were limited to the area illuminted by the small, bright beam of light from my flashlight. On nights like these, I am out scanning for nocturnal biodiversity. Specifically, as the herpetologist for the Biodiversity Assessment Team, a joint conservation research team through Read more

A Day in the Field – Colombia

November 17, 2017

By Nikki Roach, GWC associate conservation scientists (re-purposed from Nikki’s blog) The past two months I spent in the field finalizing research sites and setting transects for my Ph.D. work in Colombia’s Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. Although we traverse across properties and elevations every few days, below is what an “average” day looks like. Read more

Photo story: Creating a protected area plan for Indio Maíz

November 16, 2017

Over the past month members of the GWC team have been working with local people on the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua to create a community-driven, protected area management plan for Indio Maíz Biological Reserve. The reserve forms part of one of the five biggest forests remaining in Central America and is home to Baird’s Tapir, Read more

Bat Appreciation Month winds down (but our appreciation does not)

October 31, 2017

Bats get a bad rap. Not only thanks to Bram Stoker’s Dracula, but more modern depictions and myths shed a dark and eerie light on these flighted mammals. However, aside from the few hematophagic species (which is definitely a diet straight out of a horror film, but bares no real danger to humans), there is Read more

Saola: The tip of the Annamites extinction iceberg

October 24, 2017

The Saola (Pseudoryx nghetinhensis)—a primitive wild cattle species endemic to the Annamite mountain range of Vietnam and Lao PDR—is on the verge of extinction. In a recent letter published in the journal Science, a group of conservation scientists call attention to the critical situation of the species and a bold new plan to save it Read more

The Gateway Plastic

October 19, 2017

My husband always says that no one likes to be “should upon.” You know–“you should do this,” “we should do that.” I hate to admit it, but he’s right. In general, people reject being told what to do, myself included. So how do you tell people to clean up their act in order to save Read more

From Words to Visuals: Re-thinking the Protected Area Management Plan

October 18, 2017

Protected area plans are often long, complex documents that may just end up sitting on the shelves and unused. Over the coming weeks, GWC aims to take a novel approach to the standard protected area plan by developing a plan that is entirely visual, transcending language barriers and accessible to anyone who stands to gain Read more

T-shirt Benefits Hippie Monkeys

October 17, 2017

Darwin wrote in The Voyage of the Beagle at length about his first impressions upon observing the preponderance of life in Brazil’s forests, saying, “delight itself, however, is a weak term to express the feelings of a naturalist who, for the first time, has wandered by himself in a Brazilian forest.” It’s pretty clichéd to Read more

Boar, Bear, Bird and Bat: Maintaining Healthy Forests in Nepal

October 16, 2017

The relationships between animals, plants, their habitat, humans and the planet as a whole are complex and we are only starting to understand these connections. What is clear, however, is that wildlife play a key role in maintaining the health of their forest habitats, even in helping to restore a forest after natural processes threaten Read more

A Bean in Borella

October 13, 2017

I had just finished a pleasant—no, horrible—5k on the most hated machine of any oarswoman/man, the erg, when my phone started lighting up like a malfunctioning Christmas light. It was fellow GWC associate conservation scientist and Small Cat Advocacy & Research (SCAR) co-founder Ashan on the other end, informing me about a kitten that was Read more