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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November 12 — 9, 2014

IUCN World Parks Congress

Sydney, Australia


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!



February 2-14, 2015.

ILCW Founding Fellow Offers a Serengeti Photo Workshop

Boyd Norton is once again leading a photo tour to the Serengeti ecosystem,

This is Boyd’s 30th year of travel there, leading photo tours and working on book and magazine assignments. For ILCW members who would like to sharpen their photographic and video skills, this is a good opportunity in one of the world’s premiere wildlife environments. It’s also a chance to gather material for future articles about the battle to save the Serengeti ecosystem from destructive developments proposed in recent years. As co-founder of Serengeti Watch, Boyd has led the fight to halt a planned commercial highway across Serengeti National Park. A partial victory was announced recently when the East Africa Court of Justice ruled against the Tanzanian government’s plan for the highway. Other threats remain.

Boyd’s photo trip will include visits to the famed Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park using deluxe permanent tented camps. “This is total immersion in the photography and natural history of one of the last great wildlife places on earth. We don’t rush from place to place. Instead, there’s time to observe and absorb the wonder of it all.”

The trip is timed to coincide with the calving season that takes place in the eastern short grass plains of Serengeti. Over 2 million wildebeest and zebras congregate here in the greatest land mammal migration on earth. See Boyd’s photo gallery of the Serengeti ecosystem here.

The most recent of Boyd’s 16 published books is entitled Serengeti: The Eternal Beginning and has received high praise from Jane Goodall and Richard Engel of NBC News. The book was a finalist in the 2012 Colorado Book Awards.

Complete itinerary and photos here. Further information and registration is here. The trip is limited to 14 participants.

And take a look at this video of a friendly cheetah that visited Boyd on his 2014 trip (he says this has happened from time to time in past years).

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What’s Possible: The U.N. Climate Summit Film

Presented to world leaders at the United Nations Climate Summit in New York, this short inspirational film shows that climate change is solvable. We have the technology to harness nature sustainably for a clean, prosperous energy future, but only if we act now. Narrated by Morgan Freeman, it calls on the people of the world to insist leaders get on the path of a livable climate and future for humankind.


Neonicotinoids: The New DDT

By ILCW member Stephen Leahy (Canada)

Scientists have linked both the collapse of bee populations

and the stunning decline in bird and bat numbers

to a new generation of insecticides called neonicotinoids.

It gets worse: these widely-used nerve poisons

are also considered the main cause of a general collapse

of insect life since the mid 1990s. Bug-spattered windshields

have become rare where they were once common

in North America and Europe.

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Fence to Form the Biggest Rhino Sanctuary
in the Country

By ILCW member Wanjiku Kinuthia (Kenya)

The Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and its western neighbour Borana Conservancy are to drop the fence separating the two properties to form 93,000 acres of prime black rhino habitat

Starting September 2014, the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and Borana Conservancy will embark on the process of removing the fence separating the two areas to create one conservation landscape for the benefit of the critically endangered black rhino. This is the first time that two privately owned and run organisations have undertaken such a move for the benefit of one of the country's most threatened species.

Lewa is the pioneer private wildlife sanctuary in East Africa, established in 1983 as the Ngare Sergoi Rhino Sanctuary. Borana is the newest black rhino sanctuary in Kenya, having received its founding population of 21 animals last year in August. Eleven of the rhino came from Lewa and the other 10 from Lake Nakuru National Park.

"With the fence removed, the Lewa – Borana landscape will top 93,000 acres, establishing the single biggest private rhino conservation reserve in Kenya and readying the area to become a 'Key 1 population', as defined by the African Rhino Specialist Group, an advisory body of the IUCN, once it tops the 100 black rhino mark. This is projected to occur in the next two years - the two areas currently have a combined black rhino population of 88. Lewa is also home to 63 white rhino and these will also benefit from the expanded habitat," explains Lewa's CEO, Mike Watson.

Borana's Managing Director Michael Dyer adds:

"The Borana Conservancy has been working closely with The Kenya Wildlife Service and The Lewa Wildlife Conservancy under the Conservation and Management Strategy for Black Rhino in Kenya 2012-2016 and we are delighted to have achieved this important goal of providing additional secure habitat for rhino. This is a hugely important and progressive step and adds a further 50% to Lewa’s landscape available for rhino in a creative and exciting partnership between all parties."

The two organisations would like to thank all the supporters and partners, notably the Kenya Wildlife Service, who have been involved in making this landmark event possible.

More information may be found at their websites: lewa and borana


We Have Five Years to Stop Building Coal Plants and Gas-Powered Cars

By ILCW member Stephen Leahy (Canada)
Previously published by Motherboard

Here's the frightening implication of a landmark study on carbon emissions: By 2018, no new cars, homes, schools, factories, or electrical power plants should be built anywhere in the world, ever again, unless they’re either replacements for old ones or carbon neutral. Otherwise greenhouse gas emissions will push global warming past 2˚C of temperature rise worldwide, threatening the survival of many people currently living on the planet.

Every climate expert will tell you we’re on a tight carbon budget as it is—that only so many tons of carbon dioxide can be pumped into the atmosphere before the global climate will overheat. We’ve already warmed temperatures 0.85˚C from pre-industrial levels, and the number rises every year. While no one thinks 2˚C is safe, per se, it's safer than going even higher and running the risk that global warming will spiral out of our control completely.

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Oceans 8 Films by ILCW member Jon Bowermaster (USA)

See this new website for Oceans 8 Films here.

His film Antarctica 3D: On The Edge will be premiering at Woodstock Film Festival and the Blue Ocean Film Festival takes place November 3 to 9.

See his film trailer SoLa, Louisiana Water Stories.

He and his crew were finishing a film in the area when the BP/Deepwater Horizon exploded in 2010 and sank sending 5 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. They had been working on the film since 2008 which had predicted that it was only a matter of time before corruption, lax regulations, and an over empowered oil industry would result in sizable pollution. Bowermaster’s film captured a way of life pre-spill that many believe will never return.


First impressions from the
European Wilderness Days

The European Wilderness Days held Oct 1- 4 in National park Hohe Tauern, Austria were a huge success. Great presentations from 55 wilderness advocates from 22 countries including Australia and the USA, excellent regional food, a great conference center and two real exciting trips to the Untersulzbach Wilderness Area and the Gamsspitzl (2888m) right in the middle of Austria´s last glaciers were the ingredients read more.



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