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Jami W.

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Review for Voices for Biodiversity, El Prado, NM, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I seemed to become a bit of a black sheep in my graduate department as I began to discuss my plans to study wolves from an anthropological perspective. People would jokingly point down the hall telling me that the wildlife biologists were that way while they silently wondered how I was going to study wolves under the discipline of Anthropology. I knew that my research would make sense once it became clearer and I was able to better explain the concept.

It was from my German Shepard, Trooper, that I was shown how significantly people's reactions to him vary, while he remains the same. The human is never asked to adapt, or even look at their reaction to the animal, it is the animal that must adapt to humans. As my research took shape and I argued that conflicts surrounding wolves were more often conflicts between groups of people about wolves than actual conflicts between wolves and people, my research was acknowledged as legitimate and important, even published.

Not surprisingly, my search for jobs was discouraging and I wondered where I was going to be able to apply what I thought to be very important knowledge regarding our human relationship with animals. Then I found an ad in High Country News for Izilwane. It was unbelievable how perfect it was; studying loss of biodiversity from an anthropological perspective was right up my alley.

I've been an integral part of this dynamic, intelligent, motivated team ever since. The fact that we are all volunteers makes our participation an ongoing choice, continually strengthening our level of commitment to a cause that we all feel is necessary and long overdue. I am very grateful for my involvement with this professional, well-run, amazingly organized, non-profit organization

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

People continue to show interest in Izilwane and the concept makes sense to them. I have personally found it very comforting to know that there is an outlet for my research.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

It would be amazing if Izilwane team members were paid for their work. I would make it a full time job.

Role:  Volunteer & I wrote an article regarding my research on human conflict surrounding wolves in Idaho and continue to be an integral member of the Izilwane team.