From Forests to Faucets: Water For People As a Strategy For Conservation
A bright green tree, reaching nearly 200 feet, towers over the dry landscape of southern Ecuador. It’s a ceiba, with green photosynthetic bark that allows the plant to keep growing even when its leaves have dropped.
Every day, women across the globe take on tasks both small and large to help the environment. At Nature and Culture International, we partner with communities and local women in Latin America to support their involvement in conservation, sustainable development, and decision-making.
Fifteen years ago, I had one of my peak life experiences — enjoying a glass of wine with David Attenborough at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO). We were celebrating his winning the Nierenberg Prize, given annually by SIO to the most influential scientists or those who excelled at bringing science into public consciousness. He […]
COVID-19 has changed a lot – from how we work and learn to how we take action. Luckily, Earth Day is a great time for us to make a difference. Have you ever seen a blue morpho butterfly? The blue morpho is among the largest and most impressive butterflies on the planet. Their vibrant blue [...]
A message on the COVID-19 pandemic from Nature and Culture Dear Friends of Nature and Culture, My thoughts are with you during this uncertain time. I hope this note finds you safe and well. The COVID-19 pandemic is on all our minds and with good reason. It is an unsettling, chaotic time. There are moments of grief and […]
Stay positive with this month's miracle from nature. With all the unsettling things that are happening in the world as a result of COVID-19, here is a dose of inspiration from nature to brighten your day. To inspire awe of the planet's extraordinary biodiversity, Nature and Culture is glad to share our monthly series: 12 Strange Miracles of the Rainforest [...]
Today, on International Day of Forests, join us in celebrating our planet’s most critical ecosystems. Forests are the life-support system of our planet. They provide habitat to millions of animal and plant species, and sustain the cultures and livelihoods of hundreds of indigenous communities. They produce the vast majority of the oxygen we need to survive, and [...]
Today we celebrate some extraordinary women who are working to protect our planet. Every day, women across the globe take on tasks both small and large to help the environment. At Nature and Culture, we partner with communities and local women in Latin America to support their involvement in conservation, sustainable development and decision-making. Here’s [...]
Saving wildlife and wild places for a healthy planet. Have you ever seen a blue morpho butterfly? The blue morpho is among the largest butterflies on the planet. Its vibrant blue wings span from five to eight inches! Considered one of the most beautiful and impressive butterflies in the world, the blue morpho surely has [...]
Do you know where your medicine comes from? This year, Nature and Culture introduced 12 Strange Miracles of the Rainforest and Beyond, a monthly feature looking at remarkable gifts from nature. January featured antibiotics from a small but mighty source! This month’s miracle is a little bigger... Miracle #2: A tree that treats malaria Do you [...]
Do you believe in miracles? Last year, Nature and Culture marveled at the magnificent world of mammals. We featured mammals found in the unique habitats generous supporters are protecting. As 2020 begins, we bring you a new monthly feature: 12 Strange Miracles of the Rainforest and Beyond. Scientific discovery often comes from unexpected sources and in [...]
Our final Monthly Mammal holds many titles: the main predator in the Amazon, the largest big cat species in the Americas, and the third largest in the world. We dedicate December to the powerful and mysterious jaguar. This year, Nature and Culture marveled at the magnificent world of mammals. To commemorate the wonder of our warm-blooded [...]
November’s monthly mammal gets a pretty bad rap – often feared as sinister creatures of the night. In reality, they are wonderfully beneficial, providing invaluable services to both natural ecosystems and human economies around the world. This month, we celebrate bats! The Earth without bats would be a different (and poorer) place. More than 1,390 species of bats [...]
In honor of International Sloth Day, this month’s mammal is one of the coolest (and slowest) on the planet. Join us in celebrating the adorable and lethargic sloth. Sloths inhabit the rainforest of Central and South America. They spend much of their lives in the canopy, hanging from branches with a powerful grip aided by [...]
This month’s mammal is an Amazonian giant, measuring up to six feet long! Check out the world's largest otter species. As the name suggests, the giant otter (Pteronura brasiliensis) is the largest member of the mustelid family, which includes otters, weasels, and ferrets. With a streamlined body and webbed feet, this mammal is an excellent swimmer [...]
Have you ever had your cat stuck in a tree? Well, meet this month’s mammal; a feline who spends the majority of its life in the tree canopy. The margay is a wild cat native to Central and South America. A solitary species, it is found almost exclusively in forest habitats which vary from humid [...]
Do you know about South America’s ONLY bear species?
This month’s mammal is the only wild bear species in South America, and one of the most symbolic mammals of the tropical Andes. Join us in celebrating the elusive spectacled bear. Spectacled bears – also known as Andean bears – make their home in the dense Andean jungles of South America. They are named for [...]
Did you hear? This year we have mammals on our mind. From marsupials to bats to carnivores to cetaceans, Nature and Culture International is celebrating warm-blooded creatures across Latin America. This month’s mammal is a wild camelid, native to mountainous regions of South America. The animal can live in extreme conditions, where few other species can [...]
Long ago, nearly 40 million years before today, a raft of monkeys found themselves adrift in the Atlantic. They had been blown out to sea by an intense storm on the African coast. Floating on a raft of storm-tossed vegetation, they drifted to a new continent – South America. Sounds like fiction, but fossil teeth [...]
This month’s mammal is a cunning creature, most often seen by humans slinking about in the low light of dusk and dawn. For centuries, this animal has been regarded as intelligent, sly and even magical by cultures around the world. Join us in celebrating the fascinating fox. Though South America is home to six fox species, today […]
Today, on International Day of Forests, join us in celebrating our planet’s most critical ecosystems. Forests – they produce the vast majority of the oxygen we need to survive, they provide habitat to millions of animals and plant species, they are essential to not only mitigating climate change, but providing fresh water, and they sustain and enrich the […]
Today we celebrate some extraordinary women who are working to protect our planet. Every day, women across the globe take on tasks both small and large to help the environment. At Nature and Culture, we partner with communities and local women in Latin America to support their involvement in conservation, sustainable development and decision-making. Here’s […]
Today – on World Whale Day – we marvel at the oceans’ most iconic mammals. Join us in celebrating a serenader of the sea…. The Humpback Whale . A giant creature leaps from the ocean’s surface off the coast of northern Peru. About the size of a school bus, the animal is surprisingly acrobatic, jumping out of […]
This year we have mammals on our mind. Last year, Nature and Culture joined nature lovers around the world to celebrate Year of the Bird. We showcased spectacular birds found in our project areas, from the largest flying bird in South America to one of the most threatened species in the Neotropical region. As 2019 begins, [...]
President Matt Clark shares his unforgettable experiences in Zamora Chinchipe Province, Ecuador. Dozens of memories welled up when I heard shortly before New Year’s Day that Zamora Chinchipe Province had approved a 1.1-million-acre protected reserve. My family and I lived in southern Ecuador for three and a half years. In our time there, we came […]
Our final Year of the Bird doesn’t disappoint. We dedicate December to the spectacularly bizarre Andean cock-of-the-rock. This year, Nature and Culture joined nature lovers around the world to celebrate Year of the Bird. To commemorate the wonder of our feathered friends, and raise awareness about the crucial role birds play in caring for our planet, we featured […]
If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck and quacks like a dog…
If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck and quacks like a dog, then it is probably a Brazilian merganser. As we near the end of Year of the Bird, we dedicate November to one of the rarest and most threatened species in the Neotropical (South American) region. Sporting a black coat and green crest, […]
As we continue to celebrate Year of the Bird, we dedicate October to a powerful raptor… The Chaco Eagle In the vast dry forest of the Gran Chaco, a large, gray raptor sits perched in a tree seeking out its next meal. The impressive creature is the Chaco eagle, a crested eagle with a six-foot wing […]
The Disappearing (and Reappearing) White-Winged Guan
As we continue to celebrate Year of the Bird, we dedicate August to a spectacular creature with unmistakable features… The White-Winged Guan Och och och. Cau cau cau. Loud calls echo through the dry deciduous forest of northwestern Peru. A peculiar creature with a black body, white primary feathers and a red throat emerges in search […]
Start by thinking locally and acting locally. This idea is at the heart of Nature and Culture International’s conservation model, and has guided us since our start in the early 1990s. We protect the world’s most diverse ecosystems WITH the people who live in them. Because local and indigenous people are key to conservation success.
Nature and Culture staff and Board of Directors journeyed to the lush* forests of Pastaza Nature and Culture staff and a few members of our Board of Directors recently embarked on a journey to the Pastaza Ecological Sustainable Use Area – a 6.3-million-acre conservation corridor in the Amazon rainforest. Nature and Culture helped the Pastaza […]
The Orange-throated Tanager: A Jewel of South American Birding
A spectacular creature with a fiery-orange throat and brilliant indigo wings rests in the canopy of southeast Ecuador’s humid forest. The resident is the aptly named orange-throated tanager, a crown jewel of South American birding. Though spotting this tanager is a complicated endeavor, requiring patience, time and a little luck, the stunningly beautiful species is […]
Northern Peru’s first marine reserve on the horizon
All life on Earth depends on healthy oceans. Oceans cover 72% of the Earth, supply half of its oxygen and provide a range of goods and services, such as food, habitat and medicine, that are an integral part of our health and economies. Today, on World Oceans Day, we celebrate the exceptionally biodiverse coastal region […]
As Nature and Culture continues to celebrate Year of the Bird, we dedicate May to an intelligent creature with striking features Soaring through the canopies of the Pantanal like a flash of sapphire light, the hyacinth macaw is a spectacular creature measuring about three feet long. It is the largest parrot in the world and […]
Bird loving conservationists participate in Global Big Day 2018 How many bird species can be seen (or heard) in one day? That’s the question that drives Global Big Day – a friendly competition as to which country can register the most bird species in one day. This year, Nature and Culture Director of Latin America Renzo […]
Meet the charming Humboldt penguin, native to Chile and Peru’s Pacific coastline! Crossing the beach to get to the sea, a small penguin waddles over the rocky shores and sunbathing sea lions before diving into the ocean. The bird, measuring about 2-feet tall, is the Humboldt penguin, named after the 18th-century explorer Alexander von Humboldt.
A message from Nature and Culture International’s new President
Dear Friends of Nature and Culture International, I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself to you personally as the new President and CEO of Nature and Culture International and to thank you for your interest in and support for our work. If ever I am daunted by the challenges ahead, I find resolve and […]
As Nature and Culture continues to celebrate Year of the Bird, we dedicate this month to an elegant winged creature found in Mexico. In the woodland forests of northwest Mexico, social groups of black-throated magpie-jays move through the trees, foraging for seeds and insects.
Water is essential to life, that’s why we’re linking water and forest conservation. Today, on World Water Day, we want to share how Nature and Culture has been leveraging people’s need for clean, abundant water as a tool to conserve and restore forests and other important ecosystems that provide us with this vital resource.
Celebrating the largest flying bird in South America
Nature and Culture International is joining nature lovers around the world to celebrate the Year of the Bird. 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA), one of the earliest environmental laws enacted anywhere in the world, and a pivotal bird-protection law. However, birds are facing new and […]