Voices for Biodiversity – From Restaurant to Reef

I sat at a high table at Half Shell Oyster House in Destin, Florida. Christmas music played softly in the background, complemented by fir boughs adorned with red bows on each table. General Manager Stephen Vallette sat across from me as we discussed details of the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance (CBA) oyster shell pickup at his restaurant….

Voices for Biodiversity – Brief Eulogies for Lost Animals

As individuals who work in the environmental field and whose hobbies involve being outdoors, we had heard of some of the extinct species featured in Brief Eulogies for Lost Animals by Daniel Hudon before we read the book. The popular metaphor-bird, the dodo, is one extinct species almost everyone knows about, and we also recognized Bachman’s warbler,…

Voices for Biodiversity – Birdwatching in Colombia

In November 2016, Colombia’s congress approved a historic peace deal after a 52-year conflict with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). For decades, the presence of armed groups prevented Colombia from welcoming more tourists, but it is now poised to showcase the country’s incredible biodiversity. No species are more sought after than Colombia’s birds, and a…