There’s little point in working to protect wildlife without a galvanized and informed public that places high value on wild creatures and the landscapes we share with them. We support and conduct wildlife science and conservation outreach in several ways, including through our grants program.
The Alongside Wildlife Foundation Outreach Award
This cash-prize award recognizes effective and innovative science communicators that go above and beyond to engage and educate non-scientists about wildlife and conservation. We created this award because although everyone agrees this kind of outreach is important, there are few mechanisms to recognize and reward the people actually doing the work. The winner of The Alongside Wildlife Foundation Outreach Award in 2019 was Jason Ward.
Wildlife Science and Conservation Outreach
The Foundation contributes to its outreach goals through the award-winning science communication efforts of its Executive Director David Steen, who has been called The Best Biologist on Twitter, a genius of hashtag herpetology, and a Twitter sensation.
The Alongside Wildlife Foundation is always looking to form new collaborations to communicate science in novel ways. For example, check out this post on Buzz Hoot Roar communicating the ecosystem services provided by snakes, artwork by Brooke Hatfield. We also supported the creation of a comic by Rosemary Mosco of Bird and Moon Comics to illustrate the many myths and misunderstandings surrounding Cottonmouths and another to help people figure out what to do if they find a turtle on the road.
Finally, we work closely with Blue Aster Studio on a variety of projects, including graphics to accompany conversations with the general public about the snakes around them. You can purchase merchandise based on these graphics here.