Entries by Ethan Freedman

Conservation Basics: The Spoon-billed Sandpiper is a Coffee Snob

Title photo courtesy of Bird Conservation Society of Thailand. Rainforest Trust’s work to protect habitats for threatened species is grounded in cutting-edge conservation science. But in this series, we explore the basics of conservation science and how they inform Rainforest Trust’s scientists. “I’ll take a single origin, double-espresso, one decaf, almond milk latte with a splash […]

Conservation Basics: Tiny, Frustrating Tortilla Chips

Rainforest Trust’s work to protect habitats for threatened species is grounded in cutting-edge conservation science. But in this series, we explore the basics of conservation science and how they inform Rainforest Trust’s scientists. As I was trying to think of a way to explain the concept of species distribution, I struggled to find the right […]

Conservation Basics: Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road?

Rainforest Trust’s work to protect habitats for threatened species is grounded in cutting-edge conservation science. But in this series, we explore the basics of conservation science and how they inform Rainforest Trust’s scientists. We know why the chicken crossed the road: to get to the other side. But what was on the other side? The […]

Bugs, Bugs Everywhere

Rainforest Trust is currently in production on a series of documentary films centered around stories of tropical conservation. But here on the blog, we’ll provide some of the behind-the-scenes anecdotes of film production. I’m two inches above the water in a hollowed-out canoe. It’s an hour before sunset. The canoe is zipping into a giant […]

Burn the Trees to Save the Habitat

The Fynbos habitat of South Africa is home to many endangered and rare plant species. Some of these plant species are found only in the Fynbos, a small, coastal habitat patch native to southern South Africa. These endemic species do not include the Port Jackson Willow. The Port Jackson Willow (Acacia saligna) is native to […]

Rainforest Trust Partner Helps Stop Bauxite Mine

“I’ll take ‘Def-ORE-station’ for $1,000, Alex.” “Gibbsite, boehmite and diaspore make up much of this ore whose mining is contributing to deforestation across the tropics.” “…” ~~~~~~~ You probably have never have heard of bauxite. But you almost certainly use bauxite-derived products every day. Bauxite is one of the most important sources of aluminum. Yes, […]

Threatened Frogs Seen in South African Bioblitz

Rainforest Trust is supporting the protection of 800 acres in South Africa home to threatened amphibians. A recent survey documented many of the key species. A couple of months ago, Endangered Wildlife Trust, a Rainforest Trust partner in South Africa, launched a “bioblitz” to find and catalogue species in the Adams Mission wetland. While they […]

Successful Tortoise Survey in South Africa

Rainforest Trust worked to support the conservation of 810 acres of habitat for the Critically Endangered Geometric Tortoise, South Africa’s rarest tortoise. A recent survey discovered a large number of these and other tortoises in the area. About 800 mature Critically Endangered Geometric Tortoises (Psammobates geometricus) are thought to remain in the wild. Recently, a […]

“Golden Wonder” Salamander Rediscovered in Guatemala

The spectacular Jackson’s Climbing Salamander was last seen in 1977 and considered extinct. This month a forest guard at the Rainforest Trust-supported San Isidro Amphibian Reserve in Guatemala stumbled across this amazing species – the most exciting species rediscovery of the year! The American generation born between 1883 and 1900; a hit TV series about […]