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.

International League of Conservation Writers

Writing to inspire the love of nature and a passion for its protection.





November 30 — December 4, 2014
Long-eared Owl Winter Tour, Serbia

ILCW member David Lindo (UK) announces tour. See more Long-eared Owls than you can shake a stick at this winter. Join David on a tour that will literally blow your socks off. 100s of owls on every day!



June 1 6, 2015

The 8th Annual Literature and Landscape of
the Horse Retreat

A unique writing adventure for anyone who yearns for nature, longs to reconnect with horses, and hungers for creative inspiration in an authentic western ranch setting. To be held at the Vee Bar Guest Ranch, Laramie, Wyoming.

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Gail Collins-Renadive

Chewing Sand: An Eco-Spiritual Taste of the Mojave Desert

2014, Homebound Publications

Paperback, 122 pages

In Chewing Sand, Gail Collins-Ranadive explores her adopted home landscape with a naturalist’s thrill in detail and with a spiritual person’s reverence. She builds her relationship with the Mojave Desert through an unusual ability to see the land equally clearly through Emerson’s Transcendentalist sensibility, Paiute spirituality, and the wisdom of geologic time. As her subtitle suggests, this book offers a tasting menu of vignettes, each a gem of insight, learning, and intimate storytelling. Gail finds “graced moments” everywhere as she listens lovingly to the landscape.  Readers will finish her book with a deeper understanding of the dynamic vitality of the desert, our spiritual connection to the Earth, and the whimsical absurdity of living in Las Vegas. 

--Stephen Trimble, author of The Sagebrush Ocean:
A Natural History of the Great Basin
and photographer of Earthtones: A Nevada Album



Conservationist Harvey Locke wins international award for his work

Colette Derworiz, Calgary Herald  11.23.2014

A well-known Alberta conservationist has added another honour to his long list of achievements. Harvey Locke, one of the founders of the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative, has received the Fred M. Packard International Parks Merit Award — one of the world’s highest honours for conservation — for his work.

It was presented at the World Parks Congress in Sydney, Australia earlier this month.

Locke was recognized for his work in parks, wilderness and large landscape conservation and his international contributions toward those efforts through law, policy, communications and education.

“Conservation is a team sport,” he said in a statement. “I share this with the many friends and colleagues who form part of the Y2Y community and those at CPAWS, the WILD Foundation, and the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas.”

Locke has previously received the J.B. Harkin Award for Conservation and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

The Fred M. Packard International Parks Merit Award states:

“Harvey Locke is globally recognized as a leader in wilderness, national park, and large landscape conservation law, policy, communications, and education. His particular strength has been the integration of these fields, and in creating an inspiring vision from his native North America that has led to applied outcomes of global importance. He has given practical support to this by engaging directly in a number of lawsuits leading to major conservation victories in North America and providing important legal precedents in favour of nature conservation. His main achievement has been creating an inspiring vision for National Parks and Wilderness areas and the importance of maintaining their largely intact biological diversity in the face of global challenges such as climate change and fragmentation of ecosystems. His abiding influence has been his ability to communicate this vision, and to engage the public and decision-makers in support of large scale conservation programmes, including the Canadian Boreal Initiative and the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative, and inspiring global leadership in large landscape-scale nature conservation programmes.”


Only Known Surviving Panda Triplets
Turn 100 Days Old
See the newborn pandas.

The cubs were born within four hours of each other on July 29 at the Chimelong Safari Park in Guangzhou, capital of south China's Guangdong Province.

Professor Zhang Hemin, director of the China Conservation and Research Center for Giant Pandas has told us that the triplets have passed the newborn "danger zone" and have an unprecedented 95-percent likelihood of survival.

The cubs' distinctive features are now showing. The mother Ju Xiao is not able to feed them all so they are swapped out each week so each can bond with mom and get the benefits of mothers milk and mothers nurturing care, a procedure developed by CCRCGP.

CCRCGP sent the Head Nursery Keeper Mr. Wei Ming to help care for the triplets, from the Bifengxia Panda Base. "The first-born appears to be a very gentle girl," said Wei Ming, an expert in charge of the newborn panda's feeding and management.

The other two are boys, both of them have grey hair between their eyes, but one is larger. "The elder brother is a naughty and energetic boy with a slim figure, while the younger brother is a quite big boy," Wei added.

The cubs in the Nursery get a special panda formula which Wei Ming brought from the Bifengxia Panda Base, and provided by Pandas International. Their daily intakes are strictly measured and carefully monitored.

Wei is one of the country's top baby panda caretakers. In his 13-year career with the Conservation and Research Center for Giant Pandas, he has nursed more than 100 newborns, including Yuan Zai, the first Taiwan-born pand


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