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Field Notes Entry #19: Empty Stomachs Don’t Have Ears with John Kahekwa

Field Notes Entry #19: Empty Stomachs Don’t Have Ears with John Kahekwa

3rd November 2021 by Beth Newark

Bio: We were honored to invite John Kahekwa, Founder of the Pole Pole Foundation and finalist for the 2021 Earthshot Prize to speak to us about his innovative agricultural programs that protect the Congolese rainforest and its biodiversity. John Kahekwa grew up…

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How Organic Honey Production Can Help Save Mexican Forests and Empower Indigenous Communities

How Organic Honey Production Can Help Save Mexican Forests and Empower Indigenous Communities

2nd November 2021 by Sophia Wood

In the Calakmul Biosphere Reserve in Southeastern Mexico, climate change has caused unpredictable rainfall, drought, and crop failure, affecting both the wildlife and communities that live in and around the reserve. Calakmul and its surrounding forests are not only home to a…

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5 Ways You Can Support Regenerative Agriculture to Help Heal the Planet

5 Ways You Can Support Regenerative Agriculture to Help Heal the Planet

1st November 2021 by Sophia Wood

Industrial agriculture has caused up to 75% of deforestation to date and currently threatens up to 86% of endangered species, according to studies released in early 2021. As such, there is a clear need to reimagine how to supply food and other…

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How does Transylvania’s agriculture promote biodiversity?

How does Transylvania’s agriculture promote biodiversity?

1st November 2021 by Sophia Wood

Romania’s central region of Transylvania is a popular tourist destination for foreigners and locals alike who marvel at charming ancient architecture in UNESCO World Heritage sites like Sighisoara and feast on tasty local cuisine from the surrounding farms. This region is also…

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Resources List: Regenerative Agriculture

Resources List: Regenerative Agriculture

1st November 2021 by Beth Newark

Knepp Resources: https://www.kneppestate.co.uk/regenerative-agriculture The Knepp Estate, Britain’s premier rewilding site and home to Opwall’s UK field course, is embarking on a regenerative farming venture to help broaden the reach of nature into the West Sussex landscape whilst also producing food.   Kiss…

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Regenerative Agriculture: How traditional agricultural practices protect biodiversity

Regenerative Agriculture: How traditional agricultural practices protect biodiversity

1st November 2021 by Beth Newark

  Opwall Papers: Artisanal fish fences pose broad and unexpected threats to the tropical coastal seascape Full Article  This study found that artisanal fish fences disrupt vital ecological connectivity, exploit > 500 species with high juvenile removal, and directly damage seagrass ecosystems with cascading…

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A Week at the Knepp Estate

A Week at the Knepp Estate

11th October 2021 by Florence Turner

At the beginning of July 2021, I went on a week-long fieldwork course to Knepp Park Estate with Operation Wallacea. Along with a group of other young people my age, I joined in with many wildlife surveys.     On invertebrate surveys…

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Field Notes Entry 18: Manuel Sanchez

Field Notes Entry 18: Manuel Sanchez

30th September 2021 by Beth Newark

Bio: Manuel Sanchez is an ornithologist and science communicator from Southern Ecuador who fell in love with birds exploring the natural spaces around his home. Today, he is focused on using rapid biodiversity assessments to mobilize politicians and local people toward protecting…

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Field Notes Entry 17: Sophia Wood and Gara Trujillo

Field Notes Entry 17: Sophia Wood and Gara Trujillo

30th September 2021 by Beth Newark

Bio: Gara Trujillo is a passionate conservation biologist with experience working in the Peruvian Amazon, Coastal Greece, and the Galapagos Islands. She recently completed an Erasmus program in Environmental Policy after directing the Opwall site in the Galapagos in 2019. Sophia is…

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Science Snacks: Sleeping site fidelity in three neotropical species of herpetofauna

Science Snacks: Sleeping site fidelity in three neotropical species of herpetofauna

30th September 2021 by Beth Newark

Paper Title:Sleeping site fidelity in three neotropical species of herpetofauna Micro-podcast: If you would rather listen to the summary, check out episodes of our micro-podcast, Science Snacks, on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and Google Podcasts.         Paper Summary: This article…

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