In the recent episode of the podcast, I speak with Brian Pope of Lubee Bat Conservancy. Brian has been working with animals his entire life, and but joined Lubee and started working with bats full time in 2007.  I learned a lot speaking with Brian, mainly that bats love playing with toys and taking things…

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Man standing with his hand shielding his eyes overlooking misty mountains

Even after moving to coastal Carolina, a hundred miles away from the closest distribution center, I pick up a copy of Blue Ridge Outdoors whenever I return to central Virginia. The largest free outdoor lifestyle magazine in the country, “BRO” has great tips about hiking and camping, product reviews, and keeps me honest with my…

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We talked late into the night, the California sun had long set behind her. We were connecting via Skype and were starting to wrap up, but Stefanie Brendl was blowing my mind about her experiences diving with sharks, shark population trends, and of course, shark finning. I was enthralled. Stefanie has a story to tell.…

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Amelia Mason of Skywatch Bird Rescue

The chaotic chirping slowly started syncopating in time, like a band practice that was just starting to get into a rhythm. I was at Skywatch Bird Rescue and Conservation Center, and the resident birds certainly wanted me to know it. Skywatch Bird Rescue offers rehab and care for injured or orphaned wild birds to help…

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Dr Paul O'Donoghue

You could hear the excitement in his voice, nearly quivering as he was describing them, “they are just beautiful”. Immediately you understand that Dr. Paul O’Donoghue will do whatever it takes to save the rarest cat in the world, the Scottish Wildcat. But years ago, Paul didn’t even know that such a creature existed. “To…

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Every year, millions of travelers come to Ha Long Bay to explore and party in the beautiful crystal clear waters, however just miles away from one of the biggest tourist destinations in the world lies a small island with a world unto itself. This complex eco-system, with emerald waters and limestone karsts soaring up to…

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Palouse prairie under clouds

Often times, the efforts of conservationists and those who rely on the land for farming and ranching are inherently at odds. However, of all the organizations that I have researched and talked to, the objective of The Phoenix Conservancy has seemed to best bridge the needs between the two sides. Their mission clearly states their…

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Craig Sholley of African Wildlife Foundation sitting with a baby elephant

It’s not every day that you can interview a personal hero, but luckily for me, today is one of those days. Craig Sholley had the life that many wilderness lovers and environmentalists dream of, and throughout his illustrious career, he has had unprecedented exposure with mountain gorillas in Uganda, Rwanda, and the Congo, and has…

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Tim Holbrook of Masonboro Oyster Reserve Co

It should be no surprise to any reader that in another life I was most likely destined to be an oyster farmer. Unfortunately, things just didn’t work out that way, and I have begrudgingly accepted my fate to make a living on dry land.  However, Tim Holbrook gives me confidence that my dream is still…

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Sam Blount of Frontline Freediving

“It’s all mental, I mean you can totally freedive 100 feet,” Sam told me. “You’re shitting me”, I said, momentarily looking up from my audio recorder. Looking at his warm, genuine smile, I can tell he indeed wasn’t shitting me. “Well, not with that attitude”. I was worried it would be something like that. In…

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