As Winter turns to Spring in the coming weeks, we will all begin to emerge from our dormant states of studying and running on treadmills. For many of us, this means much more time spent in the outdoors for all sorts of reasons: a casual hike, birding, biking, or a vacation to a National Park. I encourage you to do some deeper thinking when you are jogging through an urban woodlot or planning a trip to the beach this Summer; our world is changing rapidly in many ways, and biological conservation is at the heart of these changes. The environment is facing great perils, and it is up to us to do the right thing. I'm not asking you to get involved with some non-profit group or donate money (although those are great things to do), I am just saying take the time this year to consider why it is we urge to go outside and breathe the fresh air. Think about the wildlife and natural resources not just here, but worldwide.
Spring provides the perfect opportunity for conservation agencies to grab the momentum of conscious citizens to promote biodiversity. There are two great films you need to be aware of and should make an effort to see. The Last Lions is a National Geographic film which is actually playing right now, narrated by Jeremy Irons. NatGeo will make generous donations on the behalf of all who see the film and do what they can to spread the good word; not to mention the enjoyment you will get from watching the film. Also, Disney Nature's annual Earth Day film is titled "African Cats" this year, and looks awesome. All tickets purchased on Earth Day (April 22nd) will translate to donations made by Disney to African conservation agencies. Go see these films!
Here is a photograph I took last year in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. Hopefully the beauty of this female Lion will inspire you to appreciate the natural world this year!