Conservation biologist Dr. Fred Koontz tells us: “There is an American revolution brewing among citizens across the nation. But no need for Paul Revere or muskets this time around; ours is a peaceful and growing social movement to rethink how we manage biodiversity in the U.S.”
Iowan MJ Hatfield describes herself as “head over heals into the wild diversity of insects and how little we actually know about the community of life in our own backyards.” MJ’s impassioned and lyrical celebration of moths and other wild creatures in Iowa serve as a timeless reminder that, as she writes in her essay, “wildness remains around us” wherever we live.
In an exclusive Wildlands Network interview, Paula MacKay invites animal behaviorist Dr. Marc Bekoff to explore the complicated ethics surrounding wildlife reintroductions, and to share his views on how rewilding can (and must) incorporate compassionate conservation in order to be successful.
Through the powerful words and images of his “Lord Man” parable, Tom Butler implores us that humanity must choose between continuing on its destructive path of overpopulation and overconsumption, or rejoining the community of life on Earth. Photo: Burton Historical Collection, Detroit Public Library
E.O. Wilson cautions that we must protect at least half of the Earth’s land and water to sustain Nature’s complexity, ecological processes, and diversity of life. Wildlands Network’s Kim Crumbo takes this one step further, arguing that the resilience of life depends on a Whole-Earth approach to conservation. Photo: NASA
Wolves returned to the North Cascades 10 years ago and continue to reoccupy some of their former range. As their population grows, so do tensions with people who don’t want them back. Paula MacKay asks, are we giving wolves a fair chance? Photo: Western Transportation Institute
The U.S. Midwest has long been a hole in visionary maps of a rewilded North America. Wildlands Network’s Executive Director, Greg Costello, says it’s time to to fill in the gap. Photo: Bill Thompson, USFWS
“The Snow Leopard” chronicles Peter Matthiessen’s journey with renowned wildlife biologist George Schaller into the remote mountains of Nepal. Matthiessen’s book begs the question: What does it actually mean to SEE a snow leopard? Photo: Snow Leopard Trust
When you think about wildness today, what does the term—and related terms like wilderness, rewilding, and wild—mean to you? We recently asked this question to each member of the Wildlands Network staff, and share with you a few of the varied responses. Photo: Robert Long
Dr. Bill Lynn, research scientist and thought-leader in the field of ethics and sustainability, is especially passionate about human-animal relations. In this essay, Dr. Lynn urges conservationists to think beyond the fundamental science of rewilding and reconnect with its ethical roots. Photo: J. Henry Fair
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., understood the interconnected nature of existence. Only with a global perspective and a common understanding that our shared Earth should be protected can we honor Dr. King’s legacy. Photo: Dick DeMarsico, World Telegram staff photographer
To bridge the divide between Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks, grizzly bears must reckon with roads, housing developments, agriculture, and private property rights. Greg Costello fears that, given current trends, grizzlies will likely face these obstacles without protections under the ESA. Photo: William C. Gladish