WildlifeConservationPass.org is a collaborative effort to promote a new wildlife stamp and funding stream for our National Wildlife Refuges. We are birders, photographers, conservationists, wildlife rehabilitators, scientists, teachers and artists … joined by a common passion and concern for our nation’s wildlife and wild habitats.
We propose the Wildlife Conservation Pass to provide a consistent source of income for our Refuges, separate but parallel to the current Federal Duck Stamp program. The Wildlife Conservation Pass would raise fees from the millions of non-consumptive users, wildlife viewers and conservationists — to help ensure a thriving future for our National Wildlife Refuge System and all of its inhabitants.
Larry Jordan is an avid birder and amateur photographer living on the Pacific Flyway near the Central Valley of Northern California. His main concern is the environment and how to conserve the species, ecosystems, and biodiversity we have remaining on this planet.
Larry is a board member of his local Audubon Society and is a bird and wildlife conservationist, contributing to several wildlife conservation organizations. He is a BirdLife International “Species Champion” and a “Pelican Partner” with International Bird Rescue. He is also Habitat Manager for the Burrowing Owl Conservation Network, an organization dedicated to the protection and restoration of the Western Burrowing Owl population in the United States.
Ingrid Taylar is a nature photographer, writer and professional researcher. Her passion is using her creative skills to generate awareness for wildlife and environmental issues. She trained as a volunteer wildlife rehabilitator in Northern California, with additional courses in field rescue and Hazwoper oil-spill certification, after assisting field responders during the Cosco Busan oil spill. Prior to working with wildlife, she was a volunteer with Emergency Animal Rescue Services which mobilizes on behalf of animals in national disaster situations.
Ingrid regularly donates her photos to benefit wildlife, rescue and environmental endeavors (including Point Reyes Bird Observatory, Baykeeper, Puget Sound Partnership, Scottish Wildlife Trust). Her published image credits include Empirical Magazine, Bay Nature Magazine, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Magazine, Penguin Publishing Books, and the San Francisco Chronicle.
Hugh Grew (pass design and graphics) is an Emmy-Award-winning television graphics designer whose credits include the Academy Awards, Grammy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, The Voice, Wimbledon, Super Bowl, and British Open Golf. He’s been an avid hiker, backpacker and photographer since his earliest years, always connected to and passionate about his environment. It was his volunteer rehabilitation work with birds and mammals at a Bay Area wildlife hospital that deepened his commitment to conservation issues. He became Hazwoper certified for oil-spill rescue response, and devotes free time to local habitat and wildlife projects.
Members & Supporters
Scott Artis is a molecular & cellular biology researcher and biotech account executive who returned to academia in 2006 to pursue his passion in wildlife sciences. He dabbles in nature photography and is an avid wildlife and habitat advocate, employing hands-on conservation techniques to preserve and restore ecosystems.
Scott is the Executive Director of the Burrowing Owl Conservation Network and serves as Development Director for Sequoia Riverlands Trust. He holds degrees in Micro & Molecular Biology, Fisheries & Wildlife Sciences and has a Masters in Sustainable Development & Policy. He is also a member of the Society for Conservation Biology, the Raptor Research Foundation and The Wildlife Society, including the Western Section and Public Conservation Education & Outreach Working Group.
Mike Bergin balances a career as an educational entrepreneur with a commitment to promoting birding, ecotravel, and conservation online. Mike is the co-owner of 10,000 Birds, the world’s favorite birding blog, and founder of resources like the Nature Blog Network and I and the Bird.
You might find Mike at home with his family in Rochester, NY or else somewhere else in the world chasing birds and adventure.
Jane Blumenthal is a librarian by day and a casual birder, amateur photographer, and general lover of nature, wildlife, and animals the rest of the time. After spending most of her life in Virginia, she now lives and blogs in Michigan, where she is an active supporter of habitat preservation and bird rescue efforts. She has a passion for backyard wildlife habitats and native plants, believing that many small efforts combine for a large and effective impact.
Many of her favorite outdoor times have been spent in the nation’s wildlife refuges, and she recognizes them for the treasure that they are. Like all treasures, they need and deserve attention and support. The Wildlife Conservation Stamp represents an opportunity for the community of naturalists, birders, and scientists to band together to increase their impact and influence to the benefit of the environment and future generations of birdwatchers.
Myer Bornstein has been involved in photography for many years and studied photography at the New York Institute of Photography. He is now retired and photographs the natural beauty of Southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island and other locations in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Costa Rica. He publishes a blog about his works, natural history, along with book and equipment reviews: Photo Bee 1
Myer Bornstein won 1st Place in the South Shore Massachusetts Daniel Webster Photo Contest, Best of Show in the Friends of the National Wildlife Refuges of Rhode Island 2011 Photo Contest, and was one of 24 finalists in the 2011 Massachusetts Audubon Photo Contest. He received one of three Judges’ Choice prizes in the “Share the View” International Nature Photography contest in 2011, and was awarded first place in the “Chasing the Light” Juried competition, Flights of Fancy. He recently he had the honor of having the first “50” point photograph in the Pro-Am tournament conducted by The Images for Conservation Fund in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. His photographs have been published online and in print. He also teaches photography and Lightroom 4 classes, and is a volunteer naturalist and photographer for Allen Pond Massachusetts Audubon Sanctuary.
The realization that it was necessary to veer off the path of least resistance came to Andrew Carothers-Liske in his early 20’s when he was on his way to a Phd in American Literature. The day he decided to abandon a comfortable graduate fellowship is the point where he finally realized he was heading in the right direction. Every moment he has spent running his own business and making the time to spend keenly observing wildlife is a confirmation that he made the best choice in opting for a set of working arrangements that is largely outside the control of anything beyond his own volition.
Regardless of our endless faith in technology, the natural world is our only home and we must act as stewards to protect the wild.
Scott Carpenter is a self-taught bird photographer based in Portland, Oregon. Born into a family of birders, Scott began his obsession with birds as a kindergartner in Texas in the 1970’s. While leading volunteer bird walks for people of all ages, Scott quickly realized the impact beautiful photos of birds could have on those new to the world of birds, so he bought his first digital camera and experimented with digiscoping. Shortly after moving to Oregon in 2004, he invested in more serious photographic equipment, and ever since, has been focused on capturing photographs showing the behavior and beauty of birds in the wild, under natural conditions and lighting. Scott’s photos have appeared in various magazines and annual reports, and he was the primary photo contributor to Must See Birds of the Pacific Northwest. Scott now spends as much time as possible in the field, primarily in the Pacific Northwest, seeking out birds and beautiful light.
Corey Finger works for a labor union and wishes he could find a way to earn a living by watching birds. He is the co-owner of 10,000 Birds, a popular birding blog, and spends much of his spare time looking at, photographing, writing about, and thinking of birds. His photographs have appeared in Bird Watchers’ Digest, Living Bird, Birding, The Kingbird, and Quercus.
Corey lives in the finest borough of New York City, Queens, with his family, and is probably out birding somewhere like Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge right now.
Maria Firpi is a traveling registered occupational therapist and has been a wildlife photographer for over fifteen years. She was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and has been a naturalist all of her life. She learned photography processing black & white film while she was in college and later went on to digital photography with a point & shoot camera. She then acquired a digital SLR camera, with interchangeable lenses. This helped her delve deeper into wildlife subjects which have become one of her passions. Maria blogs about tropical and subtropical fauna and flora while traveling often to both Puerto Rico and the United States.
Maria was deeply concerned when she learned that purchasing the duck stamp was the only avenue available to an individual to contribute directly to the purchase or lease of wetland habitat for protection in the National Wildlife Refuge System. She knew there had to be some other platform to express the need for conservancy and non-extractive uses of wildlife refuges. The idea of the Federal Wildlife Conservation Stamp won her heart over, and she is eager to see it become a reality.
Vickie Henderson is an artist, writer, photographer and naturalist who contributes her talents to promote the conservation of wildlife and wild places. She is author and illustrator of the Discover Birds Activity Book published by the Tennessee Ornithological Society (2012), Red-shouldered Hawk Territory, A sketchbook journey through nesting season, Hope Migrates Publications (2012), and the Whooping Crane Activity Book, Operation Migration (2009). She is a regular contributor to the Tennessee Conservationist Magazine published by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.
A native of Tennessee, Vickie is a member of the Tennessee Ornithological Society (TOS), the Conservation Co-chair for the Knoxville Chapter (KTOS), and a member of the KTOS banding team at Seven Islands Wildlife Refuge in Knoxville.
Scott Huber teaches outdoor education, is an avid birder and an equally avid hunter. Scott maintains that these seemingly disparate interests are actually very compatible as they all stem from a love of nature and all share a future reliant on habitat conservation and environmental stewardship.
Scott serves as the Education and Research Coordinator for Ecological Reserves with the CSU, Chico Research Foundation. Scott’s resume includes terms as past: president of Altacal Audubon Society, northern California council representative to the Audubon California Board of Directors, President of the Chico Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation and trustee of the Chico Unified School District Board.
Shortly after moving to Florida in 2004, Mia McPherson found her life’s passion; bird photography. As a self-taught photographer, she spent every free moment looking for and creating images of birds, striving to photograph her subjects without disturbing their natural behaviors. She moved to Utah in 2009 and now spends much of her time during the warmer months camping in the Utah and Montana wilderness, photographing birds, mammals and other natural subjects as well as the beautiful scenery that surrounds them.
Mia is a proud sponsor of the Peregrine Fund’s American Kestrel Partnership which is unifying the data-generating capacity of citizen scientists with the research expertise of professional scientists to advance conservation of the American Kestrel in response to long-term population declines. Her work has been published in bird guide books, magazines, bird apps and shown in the Utah Museum of Natural History.
Robert Mortensen began birding in the summer of 2004 when his father-in-law handed him a pair of binoculars to go on an afternoon walk at Deer Flat Wildlife Refuge in Nampa, Idaho. Birding was an instant addiction as a result of the mind altering effects of seeing the stunning colors of a male Bullock’s Oriole for the first time. He hosts a multi-author birding blog at www.BirdingIsFun.com. Robert serves as the American Birding Association’s Bird of the Year coordinator and as a regional coordinator for the global Pledge to Fledge movement.
Robert has been a fan and supporter of the duck stamp and is an occasional hunter. As a birder, he strongly supports the addition of a second revenue stream geared toward the acquisition and preservation of more wildlife habitat.
Glenn Nevill is an amateur photographer living in San Francisco California. During the spring he keeps watch on Peregrine Falcons nesting in downtown San Francisco with other volunteers of the Santa Cruz Predatory Bird Group. His goal in photography is to bring to others the joy of flight and the incredible speed and grace that birds exhibit. He hopes it will awaken a greater appreciation of nature and the need for conservation of all that we hold dear on this planet.
Glenn is a member of NANPA, Wildcare, the Peregrine Fund, the national Audubon Society as well as the Bay Area’s Golden Gate Audubon Society. His photographs have appeared in calendars and guide books.
Kelly Riccetti is a lifelong artist and student of nature. She writes the popular birding and nature blog “Red and the Peanut” where she shares her nature adventures, photographs, and wildlife paintings. When not blogging or painting, she can often be found hiking the banks of the Little Miami River in Cincinnati, Ohio searching out birds, wildflowers, insects and turtles.
Karen Scheuermann holds the permit for Tehama Wild Care in which she rehabilitates and releases wildlife back to their homes in the wild. She also coordinates a “Roots & Shoots” youth group in Shasta County in Northern California. Karen teaches the kids to practice the philosophy of Roger Tory Peterson’s quote “The other creatures with which we share this world have their rights too, but not speaking our language, they have no voice, no vote; it is our moral duty to take care of them.”
Her kids will be the future guardians of our biosphere.
Steve Siegel is a practicing physician and bird videographer (Raven On The Mountain Video Productions). He has been a birder since he was 10 years old, and has used NWRs since the day he got his drivers license. Any trip he takes, from Florida to Alaska, has a wildlife refuge at the end of it. Even when with his non-birder wife, who is happy to spend a few hours at the local casino while he is out looking for birds to film. Over 50 years he has seen the wildlife refuge system grow from scattered pieces of unused farmland to major eco-tourist attractions. More recently he has watched habitats in some of them deteriorate due to neglect, misguided management policies, and demand for resources from neighbors. He believes that the solution is money, and a stamp would be a great way to generate more income for the refuges.
Johanna van de Woestijne, retired (Stanford Medical School ’87). Her children grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area with binoculars and cameras, enjoying local birding and hiking as well as guided wildlife tours abroad. She became a fan of wildlife observation blinds for both children and photographers through wonderful experiences in the Netherlands, Great Britain, and South Africa. Johanna believes that a Wildlife Conservation Stamp would be a great way to fund the National Wildlife Refuge system and fund better outreach and educational facilities, as well as blinds. She completely supports funding for greater non-extractive activities.
Johanna believes that there is a large public concerned with conserving ecosystems and biodiversity who don’t buy Duck Stamps and aren’t being well recognized as a valuable constituency. She is all for a Wildlife Conservation Stamp and will promote it to all her friends.
Jill Wussow is a seasonal field biologist, self taught nature photographer, and a wandering nomad. She has been doing field work ten years and the thought of sitting in an office makes her cringe. She has worked with several endangered species (including the golden-cheeked warbler and black-capped vireo) sea turtles, and bats all over the US. Jill is rarely in one place for more than a few months at a time and her whereabouts are often confusing. Field work gives her the opportunity to travel often, which meshes with her passion of wildlife conservation and photography perfectly. Through her photography, Jill helps to convey her love and respect of the natural world.
If you are involved with wildlife or conservation efforts — as a birder, wildlife photographer, wildlife biologist, conservationist, wildlife rehabilitator, blogger, artist, teacher — we want to hear from you! If you would like to see the Wildlife Conservation Pass become reality for our Refuges, please consider backing our effort by joining our “About Us” page as a supporter. Just click over to our SUBMISSION FORM to send us your information for consideration.
Organizations that support us appear on our “Organizations in Support” page.