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Photo Tours Announced by Boyd Norton

ILCW co-founder and fellow Boyd Norton has announced three photography workshops in the coming year.

In Wyoming, at the famous Absaroka Ranch near Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, he has two workshops: July 10-16 and September 23-29. The September workshop has one space left (maximum of 12 participants) and the July workshop has three spaces open (maximum of 12 participants).

In January 2017 he has another Tanzania photo safari scheduled, January 31- February 12, 2017. This marks his 32nd year of his very popular Tanzania photo tours.

Also scheduled for 2017 (October) is a photo tour in  Chile of the Lakes Region and Patagonia, including Torres del Paine National Park.

Boyd is the recipient of the prestigious Ansel Adams Award for Conservation Photography, presented to him in September 2015 by the Sierra Club president. He is the author and photographer of 17 books, including Serengeti: The Eternal Beginning (Fulcrum, 2011) and Conservation Photography Handbook: How to Save the World One Photo at a Time (Amherst Media, 2016) both of which received high praise from Jane Goodall and others.

Boyd has been conducting his highly popular photography workshops for 43 years. His workshops have spanned the globe and have included Galapagos Islands, Kenya, Botswana, Rwanda, Siberia, Alaska, Antarctica, Peru, Borneo, Bali, Belize and numerous locales in North America. For information on his scheduled workshops and others planned contact him..


Man Swarm: How Overpopulation is Killing the Wild World

ILCW Member Dave Foreman

With Laura Carroll

2015 2nd edition, LiveTrue Books

Paperback, 196 pages

Overpopulation is real and it is stretching the limits and the resources of our planet. As Dave Foreman states “we have come on like a swarm of locusts … there are too many of us for the Earth to harbor.” Some viewpoints argue that a world population of two billion people is the right number of people to live sustainable on our planet and keep the natural systems in balance. With over seven billion people covering the planet today, that number is growing and if it continues unchecked we will reach twelve billion in 100 short years. Where will the open areas be then? Will any wild areas survive or the animals that inhabit them? Will there be enough food, or water? This book:

 Lays out the overpopulation crisis in the United States and worldwide

 Shows how overpopulation is the main driver of the extinction of wildlife, wildlands and the creation of pollution, including destructive greenhouse gases

 Smartly challenges those who don't believe that the overpopulation crisis is real

 Gives tangible ways we can all be part of the solution

The first edition, Man Swarm and the Killing of Wildlife reached the conservationist community; in this new and updated edition, Man Swarm: How Overpopulation is Killing the Wild World, Dave Foreman and editor Laura Carroll expand the readership to the masses, from those in their reproductive years to educators, governors Congresspersons, and even world leaders.

       Overpopulation can be solved. This book maps out steps that will lead to a solution. If we save the natural world we will save ourselves.


New Film About Fracking from ILCW Member

Dear President Obama is a film

by ILCW member Jon Bowermaster.

In it fracking, or the extraction of natural gas by drilling deep into the earth and releasing the gas by pumping water, sand, and chemicals at high pressure into the rock below, has come under attack for causing pollution of air, underground water supplies and even earthquakes. Once thought a clean alternative in extracting fossil fuels, the reality points to fracking as being hard on the environment. Bowermaster is showing the film across the US with Q&A sessions after the screening. The purpose is to convince President Obama to join the anti-drilling majority and call for fossil fuels to be left in the ground.

See the trailer.

Do you have news?

Let us know if you have won an award, written a new book, or launched a creative endeavor to bring awareness to conservation. Chances are the ILCW membership is not aware of these things, so be sure and tell us. Send items to: patty@ilcwriters.org



Global Warming Explained… in 320 words

By Stephen Leahy ILCW Member (Canada)

One night in a bar a Russian journalist who I’d just met says:  “This global warming is too complicated for people to know if it’s real or not”.

“You don’t think climate change is happening?” I asked with surprise since we were both covering a big United Nations climate conference.

“No one has been able to give me a good explanation to prove it’s real,” said Yuri (not his real name).

“I can explain it to you in less than one minute,” I replied.

Yuri was sceptical but I went ahead and said:

“The moon has no atmosphere so it is scorching hot (+100C) during the day and bitterly cold (-150C) at night. The Earth has an atmosphere made up of oxygen, nitrogen, carbon dioxide (CO2) and other gases. Over 150 years ago scientists proved that CO2 traps heat from the sun. We also know without any doubt that burning fossil fuels like oil, gas and coal emits CO2.

Measurements, not computer models or theories, measurements show that there is now 42% more CO2 in the atmosphere than 150 years ago before massive use of fossil fuels. That extra CO2 is like putting another blanket on at night even though you are already nice and warm. The Earth is now 1.0 C hotter on average according to the latest measurements. Heat is a form of energy and with so much more energy in our atmosphere our weather system is becoming supercharged resulting in stronger storms, worse heat waves, major changes in when and where rain falls and more.

That’s it.

After a long silence Yuri says “I guess that makes sense…”.

I’m not sure he was convinced but the truth is that climate change is not that complicated.

One additional thing to know is that CO2 is forever. Every little CO2 molecule we add to the atmosphere will continue to trap the sun’s heat for hundreds and thousands of years.




From our Friends at Serengeti Watch

An Oil Pipeline Through the Serengeti?

Last year, Tanzania signed a letter of agreement with Uganda to build an oil pipeline from Uganda to a port on Tanzania's Indian Ocean coast. One look at the map shows that the most direct route would be through the Serengeti. Going around the park would probably increase the cost. 

 More recently the French oil company, Total, restated its desire that the pipeline should go through Tanzania. 

With the current oil market, it does not seem likely that this is imminent, and there are alternative routes that may be better. But we're watching and will keep you updated if we need to sound the alarm.

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The Hopper, a new environmentally-focused literary magazine launched by Green Writers Press, is looking for poetry, nonfiction, fiction, and visual art. The Hopper Prize for Young Poets is a fee-based contest that celebrates emerging young poets (35 and younger) interested in nature and "...whose work explores how humans are a congeries of such."  The winning poetry manuscript will be published in September 2016. Full guidelines and deadline.

Think Write Publish Science & Religion Fellowships will award twelve $10,000 awards specifically for creative nonfiction. The two-year Fellowships are open to anyone who has a compelling true story or stories regarding the harmony between science and religion. Fellows will receive intensive training in researching, crafting, writing, marketing and publishing their creative nonfiction stories. Deadline is May 15 and full guidelines

The National Science Foundation's Antarctic Artists and Writers Program provides "operational support" and round-trip, economy air-fare tickets between the U.S. and the Southern Hemisphere to writers and artists whose work requires them to be in the Antarctic to complete specific projects that will increase the American public's understanding and appreciation of the Antarctic and human endeavors on the southernmost continent. Projects should target U.S. audiences and focus on interpreting and representing scientific activities in and/or about the Antarctic (no short-term journalistic projects). Deadline is June 1, 2016 and full guidelines.

Source: thank you to ILCW member (US) Adrienne Ross Scanlan. Check out her blog.



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May 14-21, 2016

Northern Serbia Owls and Raptors Sprint Tour. Led by David Lindo, The Urban Birder.


May 21-28, 2016

Latvia Owls, Woodpeckers and Spring Migration.

Led by David Lindo, The Urban Birder with Sacha Barbato


June 18-26, 2016

Slovenia Beauty and Beasts Spring Tour.

Led by David Lindo, The Urban Birder.


June 20-July 1, 2016

Inaugural Forest Therapy Study Tour

To Japan and South Korea

The goal is to engage in two or more forest therapy program experiences in each country.
For more information

July 10-16, 2016

Photography Workshop at the famous Absaroka Ranch near Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks (US).

For more information

July 30-August 13, 2016

Peru: From the Concrete Jungle to the
Amazon Jungle.

Led by David Lind0o, The Urban Birder.


Sept. 18-25, 2016

Extremadura, Spain: Bustards, Sandgrouse and Vultures!

Led by David Lindo, The Urban Birder and Extremadur-based Martin Kelsey.


September 23-29, 2016

Photography Workshop at the famous Absaroka Ranch near Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks (US).

For more information

Sept. 30-Oct. 7, 2016

Autumnal Portugal: Lisbon Estuaries, Alentejo and Algarve Regions.

Led by David Lindo, The Urban Birder and Joao Jara.


Sept. 30-Oct. 11, 2016

A 12-day Peruvian Adventure for
Woman Writers

Space is limited to 12 women

Discover the Sacred Valley, Patacancha, Cusco, and Machu Picchu. Watch the nimble fingers of the women weavers with their vibrant strands of wool. Open the pages of your journal and weave your own tapestry with word. Travel with ILCW member Page Lambert. To find more information about the trip click here.

January 31-February 12, 2017

Tanzania Photo Tour with Boyd Norton. Join Boyd for his 32nd photo tour of Tanzania and the Serengeti. For more information



ILCW now on Facebook

ILCW members, please check out the ILCW Facebook page and add content. Tell us what you are working on, what changes you see in the area of conservation (good and bad) in your area, include news from you: have you recently won any awards or accolades? Have you recently published a new book or article or perhaps finished a piece of art, performance piece, photo that glorifies the natural world? This page is for you, please enjoy and generate interest in ILCW and what we do.


Looking for Creative People Who Appreciate Nature

Do you have a friend or a colleague who is passionate about Nature and believes that we should protect what we have for future generations? ILCW welcomes all creative people (not just writers) who use their talent to bring awareness to the plight of our natural world. Have them apply to be an ILCW member at http://www.ilcwriters.org/application.html.