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:


Featured Video

Forest Megaphones

Deep in the forests right on the edge of Estonia, three gigantic wooden megaphones stand, scattered between dark-barked fir trees.This is RUUP, designed and built by students from Estonian Academy of Arts, looking for a way to help us all notice and listen to the sounds of the forests. Ruup offers a place to rest your feet, as well as your thoughts. Sit, sleep, think, and listen. Ruup is an open library with just one book – nature.

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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.

International League of Conservation Writers

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



Canada’s Trudeau says Oil Sands Must Go

In a story from AFP (L’Agence France-Presse) it was reported that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Canada must “phase out” Alberta’s oil sands and end the country’s dependence on hydrocarbons. This would be a requirement for Canada to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in order to become in compliance with the Paris Agreement on climate change that Canada has ratified. "You can't make a choice between what's good for the environment and what's good for the economy," Trudeau said about reconciling the fight against climate change with economic growth.
Read the whole story.


Don’t change climate – educate youth

The European Wilderness Society announced a recently launched environmental education program for young people with the Carpathian National Nature Park (Ukraine). The objective is to enhance sustainability through protecting the environment, introducing and applying effective environmental education tools, promoting outdoor activities and raising awareness about nature heritage and climate change effects. The Project is funded by the Embassy of Australia in Ukraine through the Direct Aid Program. Read more about the educate youth program.


Certified Wilderness in Europe reaches 313,993 ha

The European Wilderness Preservation System consists of audited Wilderness across Europe. The European Wilderness Society have been ranking wilderness based on the European Wilderness Quality Standard and have just broken through the 300,000 ha barrier with the addition of the Hohe Tauern Wilderness, the Kalkalpen Wilderness, and the Zacharovanyy Kray Wilderness in 2016. More information and map.


China to Ban Ivory Trade by End of 2017

On December 30, 2016 it was announced by China’s State Council that commercial processing and ivory sales will end March 31, 2017. The registered ivory traders will then be phased out with a full halt of all sales of ivory by the end of 2017.

Source: BBC News and Serengeti Watch


Working Toward Law to Ensure Wildlife Corridors in USA

U.S. Representative Don Beyer, a democrat from Virginia, introduced a bill entitled the Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act this past December that would help protect and restore native wildlife by enabling migration corridors throughout the US that would allow wildlife to find mates, new territory and adapt to climate change. And in the process it would save other fauna and flora. Representative Beyer says: “With roughly 1 in 5 animal and plant species in the U.S. at risk of extinction due to habitat loss, one of the simplest yet most effective things we can do is to provide them with ample opportunity to move.” The bill directs federal land and water management agencies to work together with states, tribes, local governments and private landowners to develop and manage national wildlife corridors consistent with existing laws and according to the habitat connectivity needs of native species. The bill also creates a publicly available National Native Species Habitats and Corridors GIS Database to inform corridor designation.


Member Writing

If you would like to share one of your writings with other ILCW members, send to patty.



for Paul Shepard

By ILCW Member Elizabeth Herron (USA)

Even cold erodes, and the ice
that held itself in glacial cleaving
grows eager to lie down in the sea
where the great bears will finally sleep,
sliding quietly into the depths.
Their bones roll the bottom
in layers of darkness. What is left
besides light descending
into blue shadows, the billowing
curtains of salt, the slow heft of the sea?
How can we let what is lost
settle of its own sacred weight
into the secret grief, the emptiness
we mistake for something missing
in ourselves?

Elizabeth Herron’s poem was previously published in:


A Literary Journal of the Environmental Crisi

Canary is a literary journal that explores one’s engagement with the natural world. It is based on the premise that the literary arts can provide an understanding that humans are part of an integrated system. Their theme is the environmental crisis and the losses of species and habitat as a result of this ongoing disaster. Their mission is to deepen awareness of the environment and enrich the well-being of the individual and in turn society as a whole.


Page Lambert:

Summer/Fall 2016.  Sojourns: Landscapes for the People (official publication of the Peaks, Plateaus & Canyons Association) celebrates the 100-year anniversary of the US National Park Service in this centennial issue.  The editors reached out to ILCW member (USA) Page Lambert and asked her to craft an essay. The result was her piece, “Mother Tongue, Heartbeat of the Land.”   Marcel Rodriguez of Utah wrote this about the essay: “I've been reading nature writers for most of my 93 years on the planet but the first seven paragraphs of your Mother Tongue essay in the current Sojourns is the most profoundly moving bit of writing I have ever read......” Read more about Sojourns magazine.  Read more about Page Lambert’s writing.

Bernard Quetchenbach:

Contributed an essay to an anthology entitled Unearthing Paradise: Montana Writers in Defense of Greater Yellowstone. Contributors include Rick Bass, Terry Tempest Williams (foreword), and Jim Harrison. The book is published by Elk River Books. He also has two new books that will be released soon: a collection of essays called Accidental Gravity: Residents, Travelers, and the Landscape of Memory, in April from Oregon State University Press, and he edited a collection of poems called The Bunch Grass Motel: The Collected Poems of Randall Gloege, University of Montana Press, due out now.


Book Review

Michael J. Caduto

Through a Naturalist’s Eyes

Exploring the Nature of New England

2016, University Press of New England

Paperback and Ebook, 224 pages, 70 illustrations

A Journey into the heart of New England with expert guide Michael J. Caduto, and reflections on the relationship between nature and humankind.

New England’s landscape has a rich allure. In more than 50 essays, Caduto draws on firsthand experience, interviews with experts and in-depth research to explore plants, animals, natural places, environmental issues and actions that readers can take—from dragonflies, cuckoos and chipmunks to circumpolar constellations, phenology and climate change. Adelaide Tyrol’s stunning illustrations illuminate this unique wedding of natural science, humor and storytelling.

For all of us who love the forests, hills and marshes of New England, this is much more than a guide book—it's an invitation to explore, and a key to making sense of what we notice. Many thanks to the author for opening my eyes again!”

— Bill McKibben, author Wandering Home and Co-founder

Ted R. Kahn
Aposematic Poison Frogs (Dendrobatidae) of the
Andean Countries

2016, Conservation International, U.S.

Paperback, color plates, color photos, 588 pages

“This guide in the diversity of poisonous frogs is a pleasure to read. The authors of each section are experts on the particular taxa… The distribution maps are well done and there are numerous photographs illustrating typical habitats. One thing that really stands out is the inclusion of generous illustrations of each species by Ted R. Kahn. These depictions are accurate and stunningly beautiful—one cannot help but be awed by the beauty and diversity of these frogs after perusing these wonderful renditions… All-in-all this is an excellent field guide that should serve as an invaluable resource to scientists and hobbyists alike.”

— Kyle Summers

Professor, East Carolina University

“This book is an outstanding resource for herpetologist and others interested in anuran biology. The writing is readily understandable and the illustrations are beautiful and informative. The species accounts will be helpful to all who wish to become more knowledgeable about this amazing group of frogs.”

— W. Ronald Heyer

Research Zoologist Emeritus, Smithsonian Institution,

National Museum of Natural History


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The Fourth River has launched Tributaries, a weekly, online publication of "...the brief and the inspiring, that which sustains and takes us through unexpected courses..." Nature or placed based short prose (500 words ), one poem, or one piece of visual art can be submitted here.  

Special Thanks to ILCW member Adrienne Ross Scanlan for this information.

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.


Roxanne Swentzell (L) with Page Lambert in front of Swentzell’s sculpture “Mud Woman”

Aug. 28-Sept. 2, 2017

Women River Writing and Sculpting Journey -- Canyonlands National Park, USA. ILCW member Page Lambert (writer) with featured guest, Roxanne Swentzell (sculptor) will journey 6 days and 5 nights down the Colorado River. Attendees will sculpt with their hands, using river clay and materials gathered from the land, and will also sculpt with words. For more information.

Peru, Weaving Words and Women

April 2018

Spend 12 days in the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu on this women writers’ retreat. Click here to add your name to "Tell Me More!" list




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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