This episode take us to Florida to learn about some amazing conservation efforts taking place to protect endangered and important species like the Florida Panther and The Florida grasshopper sparrow which is considered the most endangered bird species in the continental U.S. with fewer than 80 adult birds left in the wild.
Our guest is Julie Morris of the National Wildlife Refuge Association. Julie holds the position of Florida and Gulf Programs Manager for the National Wildlife Refuge Association. Julie has over 23 years’ experience working in the conservation field. Julie has a wide breadth of experience and knowledge, from working as a wildlife biologist and land manager to land protection implementation, land conservation program development, and advocating for land conservation funding and programs.
Julie works with all levels of governmental agencies and private entities to: develop conservation plans for protected wildlife species, identify conservation lands and protection strategies; develop reserve designs, management and policy, community education and outreach and stakeholder coordination. Her passion is assisting landowners in protecting their natural and agricultural lands; she has extensive knowledge and experience in land acquisition and easement programs, and other conservation incentive programs that can assist landowners and achieve conservation goals. Julie served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Dominican Republic and has worked in conservation and rural development in Latin America and Central Asia Julie holds a Master’s degree in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation from the University of Florida.
Frances Kinney of Ocean Connectors chats about partnerships, building a bi-national education effort with Nayarit, Mexico, and conducting programs at San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge.
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Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge is located on a Navy base in Orange County, CA. Angie Horn talks to refuge manager Rick Nye about access, urban partnerships, and his own path from the military to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Aryn LaBrake, Executive Director of Friends of Valle de Oro NWR, chats with Angie Horn about building an urban wildlife refuge from the ground up, and the importance of community input and engagement.
Watch the latest video about Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge here: https://youtu.be/uOyBZK8WSZE
People connect with nature in their own way; whether it’s looking out their kitchen window or backpacking in the wilderness. We all have a connection to nature and Mother Earth. Learn more about wildlife refuges and their programs in south Texas and the Houston region that meets community where they are.
Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge Complex still considers itself a work in progress and promises to be a premier urban national wildlife refuge in the Denver Metro Area. The Complex includes the Arsenal, Rocky Flats and Two Ponds National Wildlife Refuges and is home to hundreds of native wildlife species including bison, bald eagles, migratory songbirds, coyotes, large-mouth bass, to name a few. As one of the largest urban wildlife refuges in the United States, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service staff at the Refuge are taking action to remove physical and perceived barriers and investing in education and outreach efforts in order to be a true assets and partner for the community.
Habitat Is Where It’s At! Conversation with Dinah Maygarden of the University of New Orleans.
As the Director of Coastal Education Programming, Dinah is in charge of most operations at Coastal Education Research Facility (CERF) including coordinating with partner groups, planning activities for grant-funded groups, maintaining the building, and so much more.
A conversation with NWRA's Urban Refuge Program - Joy Blackwood, Angie Horn & Bhargavi Karumuri about urban wildlife refuges and the Refuge Association's efforts to raise the profile of 14 USFWS designated urban wildlife refuges. Listen and learn how these wild places are perfect for seeking solace and peace on public lands close to urban centers may be closer than you think.