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The International League of Conservation Writers is a forum to bring writers together from around the world who are writing to promote wilderness, nature, conservation, or using other means to protect and restore the natural areas, habitats, animals, and plants of our planet. ILCW will present periodic writing awards to authors who excel in this field.


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Your Invoice
(for using Nature)

TEEB ( partnered with Mofilm ( to host a film competition to communicate "Why nature is so precious." Your Invoice by Karen Erbach won 3rd prize. (Posted on YouTube March 2012)


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           “What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and to one another.” Mahatma Gandhi


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Legends of the Coco de Mer

By Anne Pinto-Rodrigues

One of the most enigmatic plants I’ve encountered in all my travels is the coco de mer palm. The only natural habitat of this endangered palm are the granitic islands of Praslin and Curiuese in the Seychelles.

This iconic palm holds several records in the plant kingdom. The fruit borne by the female palm of the species is the largest and heaviest in the plant kingdom. What is even more remarkable is that when the fruit is dehusked, the nut inside bears an uncanny resemblance to the nether region of the human female body!

A cultural symbol of the Seychelles, this rare nut is embodies the uniqueness of the flora and fauna found on this island nation. Even the Seychelles visa stamp bears the shape of the coco de mer nut!

The Seychelles visa stamp in the shape of the coco de mer nut

The best place to see the coco de mer is the rich ecosystem of the Vallee de Mai palm forest on Praslin island.

In ancient times, these bi-lobed nuts were found washed up on beaches as far as the India and even the islands of the Malay world. According to Malay folklore, this mysterious nut grew on a magic tree (pauh janggi) in a massive whirlpool known as the Navel of the Seas (pusat tasek). The legends surrounding this palm are as tall as the palm itself.

More about the legends of the coco de mer in my article for the Sep-Oct’16 issue of PASSAGE, the bi-monthly magazine of the Friends of the Museums Singapore. You can access the pdf version of the article here.


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Pandas International

Working to save, feed, and care for the Giant Panda.

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One United Roar Save the Lions Contest

The world’s youth were invited to submit a video using their talent to bring awareness to the plight of lions world-wide. That if we don’t stand up for them now, they may well go extinct. The winners have been chosen and along with the video below can be found here.

Here’s one of the winners:


Wild Rome – Interesting Book Project

Looking for Crowd Source Funding

 Wild Rome tells the story of the often unseen wild animals that live among, but are often ignored, by people of the city. ILCW member (Italy) Roberto Isotti and his team of Homo ambiens have documented through more than 5,000 photos and five years, the biodiversity of Rome and of the efforts of those trying to preserve it. The hope is to raise awareness of these many species and to change the habits of the people that will allow for their survival. To see some of the photos and learn more about the project, click here.


Hope for Grevy's Zebra

The Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Northern Kenya took part in counting Grevy’s Zebra the last two days of January earlier this year. The results are in and the numbers of the zebra are up slightly. Good news for the rarest of zebras that once totaled 15,000 in Kenya during the 1970s now appear to number 2,250. To read more about how the use of photography and recognition software aided in the count’s accuracy and more, read more.


The Great Elephant Census Results

Serengeti Watch reports that three years ago, Microsoft founder, Paul Allen, embarked on an epic $7 million study to find out how many elephants remain, where they are and what changes have taken place. The results are in. During the past seven years, 30% of Africa's elephants have disappeared. 60% were lost in Tanzania in five years! At this rate, half the continent's remaining elephants will be gone in just nine years. We can't let this happen! Learn more.


Blood Lions Film Touring the US

Blood Lions is a feature documentary that reveals the horrors of cub petting, predator breeding and the canned hunting industry. The film is touring the US during October and the first week of November. See if there is a showing near you. You can also learn how to see the film through other channels at this link.

"More than 65% of hunters who shoot hand-reared South African lions come from America,” said Young. “This makes it critical for Blood Lions to raise awareness about canned hunting in the US. By hosting screenings of the film in San Francisco, Fort Worth, Chicago, San Diego, LA, Vancouver, Seattle and at the Friday Harbor Film Festival on San Juan Island we hope to empower the public to make their own moral decisions; and then take the action needed to stop exploiting and killing our lions."

--Bruce Young, Blood Lions Co-Director




Nov. 8-20, 2016

Antarctica with Urban Birder David Lindo

ILCW member David Lindo calls for interested birders to join his tour to Anarctica for 13 days and 12 nights. The group will board the ship in Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost city, at the tip of Argentina, will cross the Drake Passage and explore the icy continent for a week – viewing seabirds, skuas, penguins and other animals of the region before returning to Argentina. For more information and itinerary schedule.

Nov 15-16, 2016

WildSpeak, Washington, DC

Filmmaker and ILCW member Jon Bowermaster is to be the emcee. Put on by the International League of Conservation Photographers, speakers include: Amy Gulick, Laurent Geslin, and Garth Lenz. For more information, click here for the ILCP website.

January 31- February 12, 2017

Tanzania photo safari. This marks Boyd Norton’s 32nd year of his very popular Tanzania photo tours.

October 2017 Photo tour in  Chile of the Lakes Region and Patagonia, including Torres del Paine National Park with Boyd Norton.

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.




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.

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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


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:

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ILCW Members Are Eligible to Use
David R. Brower Office for Conservation Writing

Come write, do research, and be near wild and protected areas in Colorado while working in the David R. Brower Office of Conservation Writing. Sit at the same desk used by Dave Brower. There is no cost to use the office. If interested apply at: