Dragonfly students, staff, and partners are doing inspiring work to benefit human and ecological communities throughout the world. Read articles and media by them and about them by scrolling through the links below.
Published on Center for Humans & Nature's City Creatures Blog.
For Advanced Inquiry Program student Kristi Rivas of Lindenhurst, Ill., seeing a red-tailed hawk marked the beginning of a personal journey - "an awakening to how life in the skies is connected to choices we make on the ground." Learn how you can help red-tailed hawks and support conservation efforts for other birds of prey by reading Rivas' story, which appears on the Center for Humans & Nature's City Creatures website.
Published on Cincinnati.com
Advanced Inquiry Program student Nannette Plunkett contributed an op-ed to Cincinnati.com that invites all of us to become backyard caretakers for bees and other pollinators in "Save the bees: Become a zookeeper in your backyard." Simple acts of conservation in our backyards can help increase pollinator populations.
Published in Legacy
In "Social Shifts in Animal Interpretation" Global Field Program graduate and naturalist Kathryn McQueen examines the shifts in captive animal management for zoos, parks and animal rehabilitation facilities. Realizing that animals on display have needs beyond that of human necessity, animal interpreters face many of the same challenges of zoos including societal shifts in viewing captive animals. As McQueen explains, people's view of animals, their enclosures, and those who care for them has taken a turn towards awe and respect. There is an increasing need for education and conservation.
Published by Consilience: The Journal of Sustainable Development
In "Mitigating the Effects of Transport Infrastructure Development on Ecosystems" Global Field Program graduate Carleigh Ghent explores the impacts of transport infrastructure on ecosystems and wildlife and suggests the use of green infrastructure, corridors and wildlife crossings for creating sustainable transportation networks.
Published by Illinois Forestry Association
In "Native Landscaping Along the Front Forty" Advanced Inquiry Program graduate David Coulter offers ideas for enhancing the interface between the road, your home site, and the woods.
Does conservation success depend on the local community? A review of community-based orangutan conservation in Southeast Asia
Published in Current Conservation
In "Does conservation success depend on the local community? A review of community-based orangutan conservation in Southeast Asia" Advanced Inquiry Program graduate Katie Badowski examines the effectiveness of community-based approaches to orangutan conservation in Southeast Asia.
GFP student Jamie Herget of Chicago, Ill., reflects on her Earth Expeditions: Paraguay course: "Once all of the students arrived it was very clear that it was going to be like no other EE and...leave an impact on me forever...I was energized by the opportunity to learn from others about how to become a better leader in our field."