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  • February 2022
    Beloved Beasts

    With the Biodiversity Without Boundaries conference right around the corner, NatureServe invited author and journalist Michelle Nijhuis back to the Conservation Conversations podcast to talk about her keynote speech for the upcoming conference, her book, 'Beloved Beasts: Fighting for Life in an Age of Extinction', and what she's working on next.

  • January 2022
    Creating Connections and Conservation Impact with iNaturalist

    In this episode of Conservation Conversations, Sean sits down with Scott Loarie, Co-Director of iNaturalist, a popular nature app that allows users to identify the plants and animals around them. Learn how iNaturalist is connecting over a million scientists, naturalists, and enthusiasts from across the globe, and how ordinary people can help turn data into conservation decisions.

  • December 2021
    Looking Back on the First Year of the NatureServe Network Van Tour

    For this special, end-of-year episode of Conservation Conversations, we’re kicking the Van Humboldt into reverse gear and hearing from several members of the NatureServe Natural Heritage Network who joined Sean for a stop along the Van Tour.

  • November 2021

    In this special episode of Conservation Conversations, Sean reflects on the previous episodes and shares some of the moments that intrigued, informed, and inspired him and the listeners. Hear from scientists, authors, and conservation leaders and learn about the impacts of the global climate crisis, the public health ramifications of biodiversity loss, threats to worldwide food systems, and more.

  • October 2021
    Averting the Insect Apocalypse

    In this episode of Conservation Conversations, author and professor of biology at the University of Sussex Dave Goulson takes us through his latest book, "Silent Earth: Averting the Insect Apocalypse". Listen as he and Sean discuss the critical ecosystem services that insects provide, why they are disappearing and what we can do to help, and why all insects, from bees to earwigs, deserve our respect.

  • September 2021
    Identifying Canada's Key Biodiversity Areas

    In the latest episode of Conservation Conversations, Sean sits down with scientist and conservation advocate Peter Soroye.

  • August 2021
    IUCN World Conservation Congress

    In this timely episode of Conservation Conversations, Sean speaks with Thomas Brooks, Chief Scientist of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) ahead of the IUCN World Conservation Congress taking place September 3rd to 11th in Marseille.

  • July 2021
    Four Fifths a Grizzly

    In this first episode of the new season of Conservation Conversations, Sean sits down with author and wildlife biologist Doug Chadwick to talk about the future of biodiversity conservation. Listen as Doug recounts his adventures with National Geographic, explains the need for connectedness between public lands, and shares what it means to be four-fifths a grizzly.

  • June 2021
    Fighting for Life in an Age of Extinction

    Michelle Nijhuis, author of Beloved Beasts: Fighting for Life in an Age of Extinction, joins Sean in a conversation about the origins of conservation, climate change, and the many motivations for protecting nature. Listen and learn about the complex history of species conservation, the challenges we face today, and the interconnected solutions for our future.

  • May 2021
    Invasive Species Awareness

    In honor of invasive species awareness week, Sean speaks with Carrie Brown-Lima, Director of the New York Invasive Species Research Institute at Cornell University. Tune in and learn why invasive species are among the leading threats to native wildlife and how citizen scientists are helping to solve the problem.