A talk with Elizabeth Stephenson

This article was originally written for the NGO WildTeam online platform, WildHub. It can be found here and is reproduced below with their permission.

This is the first in my personal series of WildHub Conservation Catalyst posts in which I share the Lessons Learned, knowledge, experiences, and ideas of other members … with you! Who knows, the content may end up motivating, inspiring, and guiding us all to be better conservationists in ways previously unknown.

My name is Natalie Rhoades and I am your writer for today.

MCAF Fellow Kerstin Forsberg (Peru) shares a special moment with her daughter while diving in NEAq’s Giant Ocean Tank. Photo: Elizabeth Stephenson

I had the pleasure of sitting down with…


Online learning is bringing new possibilities || Photo by John Schnobrich on Unsplash

The COVID-19 pandemic has ushered in a digital learning Renaissance as people stay inside and spend quality time with digital devices — phone, tablet, computer, TV… you name it, you’re probably glued to it. Agencies, institutions, universities, and non-profits know it and have shifted a lot of educational material and opportunities online to the public’s benefit.

One such example is that of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Live! Webinar Series, “a partnership between NOAA’s Regional Collaboration Network, Woods Hole Sea Grant, and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution that developed during COVID-19-related school closures”. Kids gotta learn! While the…


Grab your binos, it’s time to birdwatch! || Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash

Do you know how sometimes you are reminded of a whole entire world of something that you had previously not considered to the degree it deserves? I’m talking about cheese varieties and their tasting notes… the grain patterns of different wood types in furniture… the genius inventions of double-sided sticky tape and post-it notes. They make you pause, and question, how those things came to be and how you didn’t notice them before. You can’t stop thinking about them now.

Well, for me, it’s the backyard birdlife of the San Francisco Bay Area home I grew up in.

I was…


Conserving biodiversity is the goal. How to do so is up to *strategy* || Photo by Francesco Ungaro on Unsplash

Any WildTeam-specific content in this article can be sourced from the manual, available for download via their website: https://www.wildteam.org.uk/strategy-development. Article content is solely my own and is not representative of the views of WildTeam teammembers or the charity itself.

A Peek at the WildTeam Way

In brief, WildTeam is a registered charity in England and Wales that seeks to outfit conservationists with “skills to design and deliver amazing conservation projects that help to save more wildlife”.

They currently offer online training in Project Management and Strategy Development, both tailored to wildlife conservation. The latter is the focus of this article, although I was certified in both…

Natalie Rhoades

BSc/MSc Marine & wildlife biologist and conservationist | Pursuing a future in science communication | Advocate of public engagement, inspiration, & education

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