What are our Fellows doing? July 2019
Esther Horvath’s work on Station Nord was featured in National Geographic.
Katie Schuler has two Jackson Wild award nominations for her films “Nigerians fight to protect the world’s most trafficked mammal” and “Where Life Begins.”
In 2017 Doug Gimesy helped establish and then chaired The Victorian Alliance for Platypus-Safe Yabby (crustacean) Traps. Its mission was to prevent the indiscriminate cruel drowning deaths of platypuses that occurred via the (often illegal) use of enclosed yabby (crustacean) traps. After nearly 2 years work, as of 1st July, 2019, the use of these type of nets was banned throughout Victoria, helping protect not only platypus, but other air-breathing freshwater aquatic animals as well.
Doug also had a feature piece in this the July issue of BBC Wildlife magazine on the platypus.
Shane Gross is heading out with Greenpeace to the Sargasso Sea off Bermuda to document the seaweed as a critical habitat to baby sea turtles and many others being harmed by plastic pollution and commercial shipping traffic.
Clay Bolt was the keynote speaker at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute’s Wild America Nature Festival, which was held in Panama, New York.
Karine Aigner recently wrapped up a Kids Conservation Photography Workshop in London where six students worked with The Fox Project, a UK nonprofit that rescues foxes. The students were working on the ground with the organization and put together photo stories. She also had a story published in National Geographic and just finished a story with Audubon magazine on the Florida Burrowing Owl to be published soon.
Carlton Ward and Mac Stone have a video and photo story of the pollination of the elusive Ghost Orchid in National Geographic.
Francisco Márquez is the CEO of The Living Med project, with which he is photographing and filming the extraordinary biodiversity of the Mediterranean basin. On his new website you can see their goals, team and the work they are doing (photography, video, virtual reality).
He is also collaborating as a filmmaker with the Spanish NGO GREFA in his AQUILA a-LIFE project, dedicated to the conservation of the Bonelli Eagle in the western Mediterranean. This raptor has drastically reduced its population in the last decade due to power lines (where they are electrocuted), habitat loss, poaching and poisons. The project carried out by GREFA began in 2018 and will last 5 years, for which Francisco Márquez will make a video every year about the main actions carried out. The 2018 video is now live.
Melissa Groo wrote an article for National Geographic on how to photograph wildlife ethically.
Daniel Beltrá was interviewed in a podcast that aired last month.
Ronan Donovan had an article published in National Geographic on arctic wolves.