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Conservation: Protecting Birds and Their Habitats in the Caribbean

Mar 23, 2018 |

Conservation

| by Lindsay Taulbee

Cape May Warbler. Baltimore Oriole. Louisiana Waterthrush. Philadelphia Vireo. In North America, we often think of the birds we see at our backyard feeders as “ours,” even going so far as to name them after our own cities or states. But for part of the year, many of them “belong” to someone ...

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Reforesting hope: Costa Rica, conservation, and ecotourism

Feb 14, 2018 |

Conservation

| by Christa Markley

When it comes to conservation, Costa Rica is small but mighty. Its success story stands as a testament to the idea that it’s never too late to reverse negative environmental impact: by the 1980s, Costa Rica had the highest deforestation rate in Latin America – a particularly dispiriting fact ...

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Conservation: Carbon Offsetting with ClimateSafe

Oct 26, 2017 |

Conservation

| by Lindsay Taulbee

As the effects of climate change become increasingly evident, some travelers find dissonance in their desire to experience the world while wanting to be responsible stewards of the planet. For those who are determined to do some good while they globetrot, there are several ways to leave a ...

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Conservation through Coffee: How Shade-Grown Beans Benefit Birds

Oct 26, 2017 |

Conservation

| by Lindsay Taulbee

As nature lovers, many of us already take measures to protect the environment—we recycle, carry reusable shopping bags, and plant pollinator-friendly gardens—but we sometimes overlook a daily habit in our own home. If you’re ready to take the next step toward protecting your favorite feathered ...

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Is Your Travel Program Sustainable? How the Upcoming UN Environment Forum Offers an Important Message

Sep 22, 2017 |

Conservation

| by Christopher Bensley

Many of us are aware of the United Nations’ declaration of 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. But what does this lofty designation mean and why should you care? That’s the focus of a day-long event taking place next week in Washington DC on World Tourism ...

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An Inconvenient Report: Climate Reality and Global Change

Aug 28, 2017 |

Conservation

| by Christa Markley

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, Al Gore’s recent follow-up to An Inconvenient Truth (2006) bears the usual hallmarks of a Hollywood sequel: a darker reality, increased stakes, and a hero doggedly pushing forward against forces beyond his control. But even without cinematic finessing, ...

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Giving Back: Incorporating Service Projects into Your Group Travel Program

Aug 28, 2017 |

Conservation

| by Lindsay Taulbee

Oftentimes, travelers wish to give back to the communities they visit. This is an understandable impulse, and when done correctly, can be the most rewarding part of your trip. Done carelessly, however, your contribution could make more work for your host community or negatively impact the ...

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Takeaways from the 2017 Audubon Convention

Jul 21, 2017 |

Conservation

| by Christopher Bensley

This past weekend conservation aficionados gathered for Audubon’s biennial convention in Park City, Utah. Themed “Elevating Audubon," the venue and weather were ideal for learning, networking, collaborating – and birding!...

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Conservation Corner: How Travel Planners Can Support Sustainability in Key Regions

Jun 20, 2017 |

Conservation

| by Christopher Bensley

International Alliance Program Bolsters Local Communities and Conservation In developing countries around the world, it’s no wonder that a lack of economic opportunity can cause people to work in activities that degrade the natural resources - such as logging, poaching, and land clearing for ...

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Promoting local conservation and sustainability in Belize and Guatemala

In March, Debbie Jordan traveled to Belize and Guatemala to learn more about National Audubon Society and its ongoing work there through its International Alliances Program (IAP). During this familiarization trip, she birded and explored these remarkable countries with representatives from ...

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