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The Eyes on Conservation Podcast is an interview series featuring conservations with top experts in the fields of conservation, wildlife and environmental justice.

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The Eyes on Conservation Podcast is an interview series featuring conservations with top experts in the fields of conservation, wildlife and environmental justice.

    EOC 203: Climate Change, National Security, and Covid-19 in the Trump Administration

    EOC 203: Climate Change, National Security, and Covid-19 in the Trump Administration

    “My focus was on the impact of environmental and climate change on national security ( https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/30/opinion/trump-climate-change.html ) , a growing concern of the military and intelligence communities… The White House blocked ( https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/08/climate/rod-schoonover-testimony.html ) the submission of my bureau’s written testimony [because] the analysis did not comport with the administration’s position on climate change.” – Rod Schoonover, July 2019.

    Dr. Rod Schoonover was a tenured professor when he went to work for the United States intelligence community in 2009. His task was to investigate the science behind climate change and assess any risk associated to national security. One of a handful of intelligence analysts doing work on climate change, the results and prognosis were troubling. Regardless, Schoonover at least had the assurance that he would have an apolitical space to do his job. That all changed in June of 2019 when he was asked to testify in front of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence about the national security concerns from climate change that lie ahead in the coming years.

    The night before his testimony he was notified that the Trump administration was blocking his testimony from taking place at all. After ongoing negotiations throughout the evening, Schoonover was reluctantly permitted to give a brief summary of his 11 page report. The report, unfortunately, was never entered into official record. But, you can still read it here ( https://www.washingtonpost.com/context/the-national-security-implications-of-climate-change/d5977183-15d9-45eb-a011-d4c701b02594/ ).

    Watch Dr. Rod Schoonover’s National Security and Climate Change testimony here. His comments begin at minute 12:50.

    https://www.c-span.org/video/?461413-1/national-security-climate-change ( https://www.c-span.org/video/?461413-1%2Fnational-security-climate-change= )

    Music used in this episode by The Great Turtle.

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    EOC 202: Love The Oceans

    EOC 202: Love The Oceans

    Oceans are the lifeline of our blue planet and they cover nearly ¾ of the Earth’s surface. And on June 8 th we celebrated World Oceans Day. Who doesn’t love the ocean right? Beaches, the lovely breeze, the feel of sand beneath your feet, the wildlife. So, wildlife film-maker and presenter, Aishwarya Sridhar talks to Francesca Trotman, managing director and founder of Love The Oceans ( https://lovetheoceans.org/ ).

    Love the Oceans is a non-profit marine conservation organisation working in Jangamo Bay, Mozambique since 2014. LTO is working to protect and study the diverse marine life found here, including many species of sharks, rays and the famous humpback whales. They use research, education and diving to drive action towards a more sustainable future. Their ultimate goal is to establish a Marine Protected Area for the Inhambane Province in Mozambique, achieving higher biodiversity whilst protecting endangered species.

    Francesca Trotman holds a Masters in Marine Biology. Francesca has always had a passion for marine life and is an emerging leader in the ethical tourism space. An avid diver since the age of 13 with a keen interest in all aspects of marine life, Francesca is particularly passionate about sharks. Results orientated, she constantly encourages people to consider conservation in everyday life and take a greener approach to modern living. As the founder she likes to stay close to the research and community, overseeing the majority of programs on the ground in Mozambique.

    Let the sound of waves and ocean breeze lift your spirits as you listen to this podcast from your home!!

    Love The Ocean Social Media

    Instagram: @lovetheoceans

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/lovetheoceans

    Facebook: https://facebook.com/lovetheoceansorganisation

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/love-the-oceans

    Website: https://lovetheoceans.org/

    Music used: Bumbling Bumbling by Pictures of the Floating World


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    EOC 201: China's Wet Market Workover

    EOC 201: China's Wet Market Workover

    The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on our relationship with wildlife. The virus that causes COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, is zoonotic, which means it originated in an animal. Experts believe the virus emerged in bats then jumped to an intermediary host, possibly pangolins, before infecting humans. Evidence suggests that the virus made the first leap from animal to human in a wet market in Wuhan China where a wide variety of wild animals, including bats, crocodiles, wolf puppies, giant salamanders, snakes, rats, peacocks, and porcupines, were being bought and sold.

    That market was temporarily shut down and the city of Wuhan has vowed to end the sale of wild animals within its borders. However, the threat of a new pandemic looms. All over the world, humans are creating perfect conditions for zoonotic disease emergence. Not only are people trafficking wildlife for food, traditional medicine, and trinkets all over the world, we are destroying wilderness, forcing wild animals and people closer together.

    In the months since the COVID-19 pandemic swept the globe, scientists, conservationists, and world leaders have called for a crackdown on the sale of wild animals. However, few countries have taken meaningful steps to do so. The Chinese government said it would ban the sale of several species of wild animals, but left exemptions for wildlife products sold for use as traditional medicine.

    In this episode, environmental journalist Annie Roth speaks with Rachel Nuwer about what the future of our relationship with wildlife might look like in a post-pandemic world.

    Song used in today's show: Postman Jack by Lobo Loco via Creative Commons Licensing.

    There is more of this conversation! For full access, visit patreon.com/wildlenscollective ( www.patreon.com/wildlenscollective ).

    This episode was produced by Annie Roth. For more of her work, please visit rothreporting.com ( http://www.rothreporting.com/ ). For more information about Rachel Nuwer and her work, please visit rachelnuwer.com ( http://www.rachelnuwer.com ).

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    BONUS: COVID-19 and the Appalachian Trail - Common Land

    BONUS: COVID-19 and the Appalachian Trail - Common Land

    Common Land is a radio documentary series that explores the creation stories behind protected areas. Season Two of Common Land will be focused on the Appalachian Trail, and production was scheduled to start in March of 2020.  Unfortunately, the spread of COVID-19 has forced us, along with many others hoping to thru-hike the entire 2,200-mile-long trail, to postpone their trips.  In this bonus episode of the show, we explore the motivations behind those seeking to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail, and examine how the spread of COVID-19 has affected these hikers, as well as the trail itself.

    • 47 min
    EOC 200: Our “Tiger King” Reality Check

    EOC 200: Our “Tiger King” Reality Check

    Documentary producer Nate Ford invites two big cat experts to weigh in on the record breaking documentary series, “Tiger King.” Did you watch the show and fall in love with tigers? Find out ways to get involved in big cat conservation and learn how to impact legislation (like, right now) by supporting the Big Cat Safety Act. Are you tired of hearing your neighbor talk about getting a pet tiger? Tune in to find out the legitimate reasons why that is a TERRIBLE idea. Then, go tell your neighbor. And then, consider moving.

    Kimberly Craighead is the co-founder of the Kaminando Habitat Connectivity Initiative, where her team collects data on wild jaguars in Panama through the use of camera traps. One of her main goals is to empower local Panamanians as well as conservationists around the world to participate in preserving suitable natural environments for the jaguar. Tune in to hear about her treks in the jungle and the touching story about a tapir that was captured in a village in Panama, and how the villagers responded. To learn more about Kimberly's work, visit Kaminando.org ( https://kaminando.org/ ).

    Amy Gotliffe is the Director of Conservation for the Oakland Zoo, which has provided “forever homes” to rescued big cats for years. They continue to push the limit of what a zoo can be by sparking ideas and fostering a global response to animal conservation. Amy gives pointers on how to get involved in the stewardship of a species you love and expands on the myriad of ways in which we can maximize small personal decisions for a global impact. Grab your favorite stuffed animal and sequined jacket…EOC takes on the Tiger King!

    Music by David Bashford (via Bloc Films)

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    EOC 199: Shedding Light on Bats and Covid-19

    EOC 199: Shedding Light on Bats and Covid-19

    In today’s episode of Eyes on Conservation , filmmaker Kristin Tieche invites two women in bat conservation who appear in her upcoming feature documentary about bats, The Invisible Mammal ( http://www.theinvisiblemammal.com/ ).

    Dr. Winifred Frick is the Chief Scientist at Bat Conservation International ( http://www.batcon.org/ ) and an Associate Research Professor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at UC Santa Cruz. Dr. Frick has studied the ecology and conservation of bats for nearly 20 years and has worked around the globe on bat conservation, including projects in Mexico, Rwanda, Guinea, Fiji, and Jamaica. With nearly 1,400 species, bats are the second most diverse group of mammals on earth, yet many species are threatened by the forces of global change.

    Corky Quirk is the founder of NorCal Bats ( http://norcalbats.org/ ) , an organization that provides care for injured

    bats and educational programs for libraries, school, nature programs, fairs and other

    events throughout the region. Corky has been working intensely with native bats since

    2004 and has educated thousands of people. She is permitted through the CA Department of Fish and Wildlife and the USDA to work with injured and orphaned bats, and returning them to the wild. She keeps a captive colony of non-releasable bats for use in education.

    How has the coronavirus pandemic disrupted bat conservation? On April 10, 2020, the US Government suspended all bat research across the country ( https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/us-advises-suspending-bat-research-over-concerns-coronavirus-could-infect-north-american-species/2020/04/09/1aabcf52-7a8e-11ea-9bee-c5bf9d2e3288_story.html ) , in an effort to curtail the spread of the virus. Frick and Quirk discuss how the new restrictions have affected their work, dispel new myths that have arisen about bats and their connection to coronavirus, and explain why protecting bat biodiversity and bat habitat around the world (and in your backyard) is so important.

    Important links:

    The Invisible Mammal :


    Bat Conservation International:


    NorCal Bats:


    Yolo Basin Foundation:


    EcoHealth Alliance:


    Bracken Cave


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