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Morgan (Mo) Heim is a Colorado-based multimedia journalist specializing in sharing the stories of science and environmental issues. An accredited zoologist turned science communicator, she splits her time working with non-profits, research institutes and magazines to help engage the public in wanting to understand our planet. Morgan subscribes to the belief that if you show people how amazing and interwoven the world is, they'll care more about what happens to it. In addition to being an associate member of the International League of Conservation Photographers, her work appears in such outlets as Smithsonian, High Country News, the Nature Conservancy, National Wildlife, and the WILD Foundation.
Morgan's favorite role is to generate the communication materials that are going to help with conservation, but she's also a champion for others who want to put their talents to good use. Soon, and in partnership with the iLCP and the WILD Foundation, she will be launching a public outreach conservation photography initiative for Nature Needs Half(TM). Nature Needs Half(TM) is the global vision of protecting at least half of the planet, land and sea, in an interconnected manner. Part of this vision will be to encourage people around the world to help document the progress of Half(TM) as they see it. Details on the hows, whys, and what to dos will be coming soon.
Morgan is also a regular contributor to Amy Marquis's blog, "The Digital Naturalist," a site dedicated to helping journalists and non-profits learn how to use multimedia more effectively. There's all sorts of goodies there, from critiques, Q&As, articles and aggregations of new music, workshop, and production resources.
New to View:
CAT in WATER on Kickstarter
Galleries at moheimphotography.com
- Chesapeake Bay (select images from Mo's leg of the iLCP RAVE)
- Black-footed ferret bootcamp, Smithsonian, Feb. issue
Chesapeake Bay RAVE multimedia
Chesapeake Bay RAVE multimedia
by iLCP, Jenny Nichols
Produced in partnership with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation with imagery from the Chesapeake Bay RAVE.
Last December, EPA issued a science-based diet that—if achieved—would reduce pollution to our waterways. Just as progress is underway, powerful forces are working to derail the recovery effort. All of us who love the Bay and its rivers and streams must make our voices heard.
Watch this video, visit cbf.org/getinvolved, and write your state representatives. Tell them you care about clean water!
Chesapeake Bay RAVE
The Chesapeake Bay watershed covers approximately 64,000 square miles (164,000 km2) and comprises one of the most important estuaries in the North Atlantic. With rapid development along its shores destroying vast swaths of wetlands and buffering forest, and polluted with a steady increase in agrochemical runoff from the 1950s on, this once thriving estuarine ecosystem was headed toward collapse.
A forty-year campaign by The Chesapeake Bay Foundation and other stakeholders has gradually turned the tide, with current political will at the point of tipping toward long-term restoration and protection of the Bay. The Chesapeake Clean Water and Ecosystem Act (H.R. 3852/S. 1816) was introduced to both chambers of the United States Congress last October, on its way to mark-up at the end of this year. These two bills seek to amend the Federal Clean Water Act (Section 117) to ensure that the six states of the Bay watershed, plus the District of Columbia, develop and implement detailed plans to reduce pollution sufficiently to achieve Bay-wide pollution reduction targets for nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment by 2025.
The Chesapeake Bay RAVE, a project of the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP) and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF), is a collaborative effort to highlight the importance of this legislation through photographs, video, and stories from across the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed. iLCP and CBF will use the collected media from the RAVE to document issues facing the Bay and to produce an exhibit of thirty photographs to premiere in September 2010 on Capitol Hill. The compelling visual media displayed will help facilitate news coverage on the urgency of the Chesapeake Clean Water and Ecosystem Act, advocating for the restoration of the Bay’s health and its protection in the long term. The expedition team is composed of iLCP photographers from across North America, including several who live within the Chesapeake Bay watershed.