Wildlife Biologist | Photographer | Educator | Explorer
Better late than never to #worldgiraffeday! I’ve always felt kindred to these gentle, lanky giants, being a 5’11’’ long-limbed woman myself. I was lucky enough to meet this male reticulated giraffe while working for the #pathofthepanther project with @carltonward back in the spring. Giraffe populations have decreased by 40% over the last three decades and are now locally extinct in 7 African countries. They are suffering from what the Giraffe Conservation Foundation has termed a “silent extinction.” Let’s help raise awareness and let this tragedy remain silent no longer 🦒
Swamps, lakes and rivers are filling up fast as Florida continues to get drenched with summer rains. Can you believe this scenic cypress lake is mere miles from downtown Orlando? Shhh, don’t tell the tourists. It’s our little #wildflorida secret 🤫
Taking part in @natgeo’s newest sustainability-minded initiative, #planetorplastic. Had the pleasure of attending #natgeofest with friends and colleagues last night where conversations centered on consuming less, conserving more, creating less waste, and ultimately moving towards a #plasticfree planet. You can make little #zerowaste decisions every day that add up to big change!
25 was a wild ride! Cheers to another year older, hopefully a little wiser, and trying not to act like the old person I am on the inside #26goingon80
#Repost@carltonward. Protecting the #pathofthepanther is so much more than a story about one big cat. It’s about saving Florida
Path of the Panther. The reason I am focusing on the Florida panther for my current storytelling project with @NatGeo is that protecting the land needed for the wide-ranging panther will protect millions of acres of habitat for thousands of other species that depend on the panther’s domain. Not to mention saving Florida rangelands, timberlands, groves and the headwaters of the Everglades from development. As rancher Cary Lightsey told me, “the panther is going to have to help us save Florida.” A male panther has a home range of 200 square miles — four time larger than the city of Miami but approximately the same amount of wildlife habitat lost to development in Florida each year. This camera trap at Babcock Ranch shows a few of the species relying on the “Path of the Panther.” Swipe for 3 more photos following this adult male panther: white-tailed deer, Osceola turkey and raccoon, all captured on the same trail during a couple weeks in January. Please share this story to help inspire the protection of the #FloridaWildlifeCorridor. @fl_wildcorridor#PathofthePanther#FloridaWild#KeepFLWild#panther#deer#turkey#raccoon#corridor
Whoooo flew into our net the other night? This beautiful eastern screech owl, that’s who! Safely released a few minutes after capture back to his nightly adventures. Watch through the end of the video to hear his little hoot of goodbye!
Deep underground, as the sun goes down, creatures of the night begin to wake up! Shot at the New River Cave back in the chilly winter months while surveying for little brown bats, one of the most threatened bat species in North America. Scroll through to see a little brown bat still slumbering in the cave, biologists from @vtcnre examining a captured bat, and finally, the big release! Thanks to @sam.freeze and @tomasnocera for letting document their awesome batty adventures #batmen#andbatwomen#conservation#visualstorytelling
Birds, birds, and more birds! It’s been three years since I’ve picked up a Pyle guide and banded migratory song birds. Huge thank you to the wildlife team at Marine Corps Base Quantico for letting me join in the fun! I can’t stop smiling, what a day! Shown here, in order, a black-and-white warbler, grey-cheeked thrush, Louisiana waterthrush, and red-eyed vireo #birdnerd
Birds are my one true wildlife love. I’m fascinated by their diversity, niche specialities, beauty and quirks! This Swainson’s thrush is only passing through Virginia. He traveled thousands of miles from Central or South America and will travel thousands more to breed in the forests of Canada! Happy trails, little friend