The pandemic has forced all of us to seek new ways to connect with one another. Now, more than ever, we’re looking to tell stories that bring us together. The NatureServe Network Van Tour is an expedition that creatively highlights how we use that information to sustain biodiversity through technology, collaborative science, and local expertise.
Sean O’Brien, NatureServe CEO and President, is journeying across the US and Canada in his trusty steed, the Van Humboldt. Along the way, he will visit NatureServe Network programs in each state & province to learn how we can continue to work together to achieve great outcomes for conservation. The tour provides a unique opportunity to evaluate the relationships between people and the natural environment one year since the start of the pandemic, as well as to connect science with stories about the future of biodiversity conservation throughout North America.
“Just as connected habitats support resilience of wildlife in the face of a changing environment, connectivity within the natural heritage network encourages the sharing of ideas and information that results in better science. With people feeling more isolated than ever, this trip could not come at a more crucial time to reinvigorate the ties of our network that provides the backbone of conservation in our nation.”
Sean T. O'Brien, Ph.D.
Check out the StoryMap blog below for updates on Sean's journey, and follow NatureServe on social media to get real-time updates from the road!