Photographer of the Month: Courtney Quirin

by Dr. Jessie Voigts / May 16, 2016 /
Dr. Jessie Voigts's picture

Courtney Quirin is a wildlife biologist turned environmental journalist and documentary filmmaker. She has reported for Al Jazeera America in San Francisco and for The Associated Press in Johannesburg, South Africa. Courtney's first documentary, which was her thesis at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, won the 2015 CINE Golden Eagle Award for Best Student Documentary and the Margaret & William Hearst Award for Excellence in Documentary Film.

Enjoying The Great Outdoors With Elegance

Bert Maxwell's picture

Planning for a vacation is an exciting time for everyone, whether it’s for one or for a family. For some, it happens once a year, for those lucky ones, it happens more often, either way, thinking where to go and when to go is fun to do. What is not as exciting is the actually planning and getting everything ready, as far as searching for the right location, how to get there, the cost,  or wondering if the hotel or resort will be as nice as it looks on the web. All of this is stressful - after working hard and wanting to relax, the last thing anyone wants is to have a lousy vacation.

Through the Eyes of an Educator: The Beach

by Stacey Ebert / Apr 04, 2016 /
Stacey Ebert's picture

Gone to the Beach

Happy Birthday, National Wildlife Refuge System! 113 Years of Conserving Nature, Serving Communities

Dr. Jessie Voigts's picture

Hooray for America's nature. One big reason it's there to treasure: the National Wildlife Refuge System, the world's premier network of public lands devoted to wildlife conservation. The Refuge System turns 113 on March 14.

Through the Eyes of an Educator: National Parks

by Stacey Ebert / Jan 04, 2016 /
Stacey Ebert's picture

I’ve lived near the water my entire life. Summer days were spent running toes through the sand and jumping through endless waves. At university, I met a girl from Kansas and asked her what she did during the summer - many of our answers were different. I don’t think I appreciated the beauty of landlocked regions until much later in life. In my opinion, the sun rose and set on oceans and beaches - everything else was moot. Travel changed that. Interaction with others changed that.

A Lens on Nature: Four Ace Photographers and the Wildlife Refuges They Love

Dr. Jessie Voigts's picture

Wait! Think before you aim that camera at a national wildlife refuge. It may be habit-forming. That’s been true for four standout nature photographers – each hooked on prowling a favorite refuge in hopes of locking eyes with a bird or fox, capturing light and color, and probing the mystery of our animal natures.

Sea Otters, Sea Lions, and California Seals, Oh My!

Penny Sadler's picture

A frolicsome sea otter, noisy (and stinky) sea lions, and hundreds of migrating pelicans were among the first inhabitants to greet us as the Elkhorn Slough Safari (a 27 ft. pontoon boat) motored slowly away from the harbor. 

Taking the Elkhorn Slough Safari - Sea Otters, Sea Lions, and California Seals, Oh My!

Everglades National Park – One of America’s Great Natural Wonders

by smartpoodle / Apr 10, 2009 /

Everglades National Park - there is truly no other place like it on earth. This is the largest subtropical reserve in the United States. Not surprisingly, its climate brings intense summer heat, rain and humidity. It is not a swamp, as it is often referred to be, but rather a slow-moving river that flows southwest just ¼ mile per day. Everglades National Park is an important wetland that has been named a World Heritage Site.