Wildlife in my backyard

Just making my morning cup of coffee and this one is staring at me.It is eating a smaller bird.

It fits the description and range of an immature Cooper’s Hawk.  Immatures have yellow eyes and adults red.  These birds surprise and capture small and medium-sized birds from cover or while flying quickly through dense vegetation. They also eat small mammals such as mice and other small rodents. Other possibilities are lizards, frogs, snakes and large insects. They often pluck the feathers off their prey on a post or other perch just as this one is doing to a smaller bird.


Wildlife Conservation Film Festival – Presenting the world’s best conservation & wildlife films

The Wildlife Conservation Film Festivals produces events across North America that screen the finest conservation, natural history and wildlife documentary films in the world.


Wildlife Conservation Film Festival

Wildlife Conservation Film Festival


The mission of The Wildlife Conservation Film Festival is to educate, enlighten and entertain people from around the world so they can become aware and understand that we must protect the world’s wildlife. We do this through the use of films, televisiion and social media.

The protection of species and habitat is critical not to the survival of humanity but our responsibility to ensure future generations can appreciate and enjoy the planet’s natural treasures

Wildlife Conservation Film Festivals organizes events in cities across the globe to reach a worldwide audience to spread the message of natural history and wildlife conservation.

The Wildlife Conservation Film Festival is the premier venue for the wildlife filmmaker to present their work to a world audience. These film festivals are annual events that attract members of the global conservation, film, media, television, and scientific community.


The Wildlife Conservation Film Festivals is fiscally sponsored by Trust for Wildlife, Inc. a 501©3  established in 1981. The mission of Trust for Wildlife is to focus on education, conservation and research that get’s people involved with wildlife in their own communities, and work to reverse the loss of critical habitat and the wildlife who depend on a healthy environment.

* Your donations will be accepted by TFW on our behalf, and are fully tax-deductible.

Advisory Committee

The development and success of the Wildlife conservation Film Festival is due in part to the guidance and support to our Advisory Board. These individuals are among the leaders within the wildlife conservation and film industries.

Marshal T. Case

Fabien Cousteau

Elizabeth Desiree

Dr. Sylvia Earle

Christopher J. Gervais

Allison C. Hanes

Dr. Ashok Khosla

Dr. Scarlett Magda

Ron Magill

John Martin

Dr. Mireya Mayor

Ian Redmond

Rose M. Roman, JD

John L. Stone

Blair N. Taylor

Charlot Taylor

Stan Waterman


Christopher J. Gervais, Founder & President

Emerson Wen, Marketing Director & Webmaster

Lillian Adair, Administration Assistant

Dan Mele, Research Assistant
* In addition to the website you can also find them on Facebook and LinkedIn
Wildlife Conservation Film Festival. 

*Festival Locations*

P.O. Box 347
Ardmore, PA 19003
Email: WildlifeFilmFest@aol.com

California Academy of Sciences

I had a lovely first visit as a new member to the California Academy of Sciences just near my house in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco.  Hip hop DJ Dan the Automator was performing for the weekly Thursday NightLife event 6-10pm.  I really enjoyed the warm Rainforests of the World, Land of Lemurs, Ostrich, Galapagos, Jellyfish, Octopus, and Mountain Gorilla exhibits.  The event was extremely popular and I think the organization does a phenomenal job getting the community involved in their work.  They also make a killer Ginger Snap Mojito!

The California Academy of Sciences is a scientific institution committed to leading–edge research around the world and educational outreach close to home. Their mission—to explore, explain and protect the natural world—extends to every corner of the institution. Innovative exhibits will engage and inspire visitors of every age.



Rainforests of the World

Rainforests of the World

Dancing Sifakas (Propithecus verreauxi verreauxi)

Dancing Sifakas (Propithecus verreauxi verreauxi)

The mountain gorilla (Gorilla beringei beringei).

The mountain gorilla (Gorilla beringei beringei).

Interactive dancing

Interactive dancing




Gorilla Journal

While presenting my Masters independent project work at the European Federation of Primatology conference in Lisboa, Portugal Fall 2011 I was asked to contribute to this issue of Gorilla Journal.  It is not a complete paper on the work I carried out during my four months at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda but it is a good synopsis of key findings such as the distance tourists and gorillas interact with one another during gorilla tracking.  A more in depth journal article will be submitted to the conservation journal Oryx shortly, which will contain much more information collected from my studies, raw data, statistics, and recommendations.  And I am still currently trying to export human and gorilla saliva and feces from Uganda to the Center for Infection and Immunity http://cii.columbia.edu/ at Columbia University in New York City with Conservation Through Public Health www.ctph.org and EcoHealth Alliance www.ecohealthalliance.org.

Webare monunga to everyone at Gorilla Journal especially Dr. Angela Meder as well as my supervisors, colleagues, cohort, and friends across the globe for your continuous support!  It is really gratifying to see a final product and some of the research being shared with the public.  Research isn’t very valuable if it isn’t being disseminated properly so I encourage you to share these links and spread the word on this particular topic and general conservation medicine health globally.  We should live in a healthy global community.


The new Gorilla Journal is now in press and available for download in
pdf format at the Gorilla Journal website. The cover photo was taken at the Uganda Wildlife Authority briefing point at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda (© Allison C. Hanes).


You can download the English issue at:


the French issue at:


and the German issue at: