Put it before them briefly so they
will read it, clearly so they will appreciate it, picturesquely so they
will remember it, and above all, accurately so they will be guided by
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The Redemption Song Foundation (RSF): Giving Hope by Building Healthy Communities and Sustainable Ecosystems. In September 2014, I moved to Uganda to help empower the indigenous Batwa pygmies, "conservation refugees" who were evicted from their ancestral forest homeland in 1991 when Bwindi Impenetrable National Park was created. I founded and direct the Redemption Song Foundation RSF, which is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization in the U.S., and all donations are US-tax deductible. For more information, please visit the website, where you can donate, or the RSF Facebook page, which has many photos of the families and communities we are working with & regular updates.
In Jan/Feb 2014, I traveled to Uganda under the Mongabay Prize for Environmental Reporting I received, a 6-month Special Reporting Initiative grant to report on tropical forest conservation and improving human livelihoods. Articles under the grant have been published:
Changing Planet, Planet Health Q&A with co-author Paul Epstein, Harvard professor at Climate Central. Praised by the book's co-author Dan Ferber as "the most probing, incisive, interview that either of us have done so far."
Flavors of Uncertainty: The Difference between [Science] Denial and Debate. Aug 2012 Environmental Health Perspectives (PDF here). A feature that arose from my visit to the Science Denial conference in Madison, WI.
The Tiniest Catch Marine scientists are prowling the Bering Sea to learn how climate affects minute sea creatures and the lucrative fishery that depends on them. Nature. Nov 4, 2010. I also
wrote 9 posts for Nature's Great Beyond blog when I was on the ship (that goes to the final one, with previous posts linked at the bottom).
I authored the AOL Travel Guide to Houston-An online guide with the best attractions, hotels, restaurants, and more, as well as a history and overview of the Bayou City! (no byline). "I'm almost finished with the first sweep through your guide and it is awesome! Great style and by far the cleanest copy I've received yet." - Editor Craig Guillot
Think for Yourself: Critical thinking skills are more important than ever in today's information environment. Ensia.com. Spring 2013 online only.
Fish return to undammed Elwha River. Nature. July 5, 2012. (Also see my blog for photos of my visit there in June and July - I went out in the field, in hip waders mind you, with biologists, and also took my son hiking in Olympic National Park! Fun!).
I wrote a short summary of the American Scientific
Affiliation's First Symposium on
Eating Meat and Christian Ethics from their annual conference in Naperville, IL I attended.
Saving Big Bird:
A cyclone forced endangered cassowaries out of the rainforest and
into the danger zone. Wildlife Conservation Magazine. May 2009.
for the Firefox. Nepal's red panda is getting help from a small group of local forest
guardians, but the highly endangered mammal still faces a troubled future as its habitat is lost to
deforestation. National Wildlife Magazine. Feb/Mar 2009.
Devil of a Problem. The world's most famous marsupial predator may face extinction within 15 years from a contagious cancer. National Wildlife magazine Jun/July 2008.
DIVING WITH SHARKS! In April 2008, Discovery Channel
sent me to Australia's Coral Sea with biologists and the Expedition Shark documentary crew.
The first post, Fear, about our
relationship with and to sharks, is one of my faves. The
rest are here.
I also did three podcasts through
Discovery's Earth Live (podcasts 1, 3, and 4).
Will Urban Sprawl K.O. the Koala? A wildlife hospital founded by the late Crocodile Hunter
Steve Irwin is helping Australia's teddy-bearish marsupial weather the threat of fragmented
forest habitat. June/July 2007, National Wildlife Magazine.
"I just read Many Bayous, One River [Dec 2006 TX Parks & Wildlife Magazine].
Thank gosh we have writers like Wendee who have the history, the passion and the reporting
and writing chops to take on a story like this. Kudos to her!!"
-Tom Harvey, Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept
Back to Nature:What is it about simplicity and solitude that inspires writers?
My New Mexico Adventures Featured in E the Environmental Magazine!
I received 1st Place 2006
IRMA Award (International Regional Magazine Association) for
Best Nature Feature,
Save the Monkeyface, published in Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine, April 2005.
Learn to write for magazines and get paid for it. Originally designed for students interested in writing 'green' - anything environment, science, outdoor travel, natural history - it can and has been modified by students interested in writing about health, parenting, spirituality/religion and other topics.
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Wild Side News: Nature Talk Radio -- I'm featured on the show discussing my book proposal on The Fish Wars, including how evolution and Christianity can be reconciled, and why intelligent design fails. The show aired Thursday 12/15/05 and is available as radio-on-demand.