During Nicole Xiao’s annual visits to China, she recognized that the air she breathed was full of toxic contaminants. Some days she wouldn’t even venture outside! This experience catalyzed her to take action on behalf of the vulnerable bees in her own community in Moscow, Idaho, and to apply for EPI’s Alumni Leadership Award.
EPI strives to inspire, and then nurture, lifelong conservation in the students that participate in our courses. To that end, EPI annually offers the Alumni Leadership Award to students who are passionate about pursuing their own conservation projects. This year, EPI granted three Leadership Awards to forward-thinking and creative alumni, all eager to help protect our shared environment.
Nicole is passionate about pollinators, and concerned by their rapidly declining populations and diversity. In particular, of the 4,000 native species of bees in North America, she let us know that half of... Read More
EPI Galapagos held its annual festival in celebration of International Sea Turtle Day on Isabela Island. This year's fair had the usual celebratory music, games, and presentations on sea turtle ecology and conservation. But what made it particularly special were Mola Mola Eco-club members Ibrahi Rodriguez and Erick Ojeda.
For the last year, Ibrahi and Erick have taken their conservation leadership to the next level. Wanting to engage the Isabela community in green sea turtle conservation, Ibrahi and Erick developed and fundraised for their own local initiative, including winning one of EPI's Leadership Awards. To begin their initiative, they surveyed the community to get a sense of the locals' depth of sea turtle conservation knowledge. Then, they planned and held EPI-like sea turtle ecology courses for young community members. Their goal was to inspire youth to take action and protect this... Read More
Dear Friends of EPI,
Greetings from the coastal rainforest of Pacuare Reserve. We arrived with EPI supporters Sharon and Dick Barrett, who delivered turtle tags for the coming months. And we had the chance to use them! Our first night on patrol we witnessed a nesting leatherback female hauling herself to shore.
These tags go into the back flippers of the nesting female so we can track an individual’s movement and nesting patterns. It’s an important part of the work of our students and visitors to Pacuare Reserve.
Dick and Sharon have traveled with us to Mexico and Galapagos; they’ve made friends with our staff, helped us preserve species, and been financial supporters as well. Thanks Dick and Sharon!
As we wrap up the STEM4Good campaign, I reflect on the good fortune to be here with many aspiring female scientists. Rocio our lead... Read More