CONSERVATION

I work with leading non-governmental conservation groups to influence public and policy conversations about our vanishing wildlife and wild places. 

CALLING ON PET OWNERS AS CONSERVATION CHAMPIONS
My celebrated book explores our love of animals as common ground between those who keep creatures at home and those who want to save wildlife   .

 

Unnatural Companions is published.by Island Press in Washington DC, North America's largest publisher of books about conservation, climate change and the environment. 

GAUGING CANADA'S COMMITMENT TO TROPICAL NATURE 
The International Conservation Fund of Canada wanted to know how much Canada spends to help tropical countries pay for conservation. 

 

ICFC is not well known, but it's Canada's leading conservation organization focused solely on supporting on-the-ground conservation initiatives in tropical regions like the Amazon and central Africa. This research-based report was a launch point to raise awareness about Canadian indifference to tropical conservation while shining a spotlight on a little-known but important conservation organization.

SUPPORTING CANADA'S PUSH FOR PROTECTED AREAS
Indigenous groups, governments and conservation organizations are behind a nationwide effort to protect a quarter of Canada's remarkable wilderness by 2025. 

 

The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, the Boreal Songbird Initiative, Nature Canada and other non-government conservation groups took on the task of raising awareness about a national push for more parkland, protected areas and marine conservation areas across Canada. Research, writing work (backgrounders, fact sheets, opinion articles and other materials) and strategic planning helped the campaign get the word out.

WRITING AND RESEARCH FOR ARCTIC STEWARDSHIP
The World Wildlife Fund had a novel idea for identifying conservation targets throughout the Arctic. An influential report was the result.

 

A two-year WWF project, involving four scientific teams on two continents, explored how ecosystem resilience might offer conservation hope to the world's fast-changing Arctic regions. Research and writing work helped with the report that has since been cited by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the Arctic Council.

REPORTING ON THE STATE OF CANADA'S BIODIVERSITY
The World Wildlife Fund Canada compiled science to reveal how the nation's wildlife populations are doing.

 

WWF Canada's national Living Planet Index is a comprehensive look at monitored vertebrate wildlife population trends across Canada. Research and writing work complemented efforts by the WWF team to prepare the report and a glossy summary "magazine" that was distributed across the country as a Globe and Mail insert. 

PROSPECTUS WRITING FOR A UNIQUE FOREST AGREEMENT
To break new ground in collaborative conservation, the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement needed help with its requests for funding.

 

The largest forest-conservation deal in history—and an unprecedented collaboration between industry and environmental groups—needed financial support. Grant writing work helped the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement attract philanthropic foundation support.

BRANDING AND MESSAGE DEVELOPMENT
The Invasive Species Centre is a leading, national agency battling to stop invasive species in Canada.

 

The Invasive Species Centre was created in 2011 as a national, non-government organization for protecting Canada’s forests, fields and waterways from invasive species. We helped write materials for the development of the agency's mission, key messages and language.

A RECOVERY PLAN FOR A SPECIES AT RISK
We helped Alberta Environment and Parks draft a recovery plan for the "threatened" western grebe. 

 

Alberta Environment and Parks needed an update and rewrite of the latest draft recovery plan for the western grebe, a species considered threatened in the province. We reviewed the literature and rewrote the draft to bring the document up to date, compiling information that adds to a better understanding of grebe abundance across Alberta.

WRITING SUPPORT FOR LEADING CLIMATE RESEARCH
The Canadian Foundation of Climate and Atmospheric Sciences funded university-based climate research for more than a decade.

 

During its ten-year mandate, CFCAS funded two dozen multi-year, multi-million-dollar research networks and 160 large scientific projects across the country. We worked with the organization for several years writing reports, briefs and other materials to get the message out. We also wrote the book celebrating its legacy.