A survival guide to being a Lonely Conservationist

Being a Lonely Conservationist is hard and often feels endless. I have wondered so many times if I will ever get to where I want to go, meet who I want to meet and have the experiences I have dreamed of. Recently, I realised that I have got myself to a really happy place where […]

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Defined by our duty

Being a conservationist can sometimes feel like a curse that forces you to explain too many of your life’s details to complete strangers. This is all because of the absence of a simple job title to satisfy their question: “So what do you do?” “So, what do you do” actually means “So, what brings in […]

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Body and mind

Ten months ago or so, I moved to a new city. A colder city where I had to wear an actual coat outside and ten layers of blankets inside. I thought I loved winter but this type of cold affected me in ways I didn’t imagine it would. The windchill left me with bloodshot eyes […]

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Black and white and red all over

What is black and white and red all over? An embarrassed conservationist who couldn’t see the shades of grey. I feel like it is time to divulge a little into my own childhood for this particular story and maybe its time to share with you all how I have grown up throughout my journey into […]

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Being Lonely in Conservation

I don’t know this for certain, but I am pretty sure that when people in most other walks of life choose their professions, they do not feel the impending doom of choosing their job over proper social interactions and opportunities for relationship building. I know that growing up I never considered the potential for a […]

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Impostors of Conservation

Speaking to individuals of the Lonely Conservationist community I am amazed at their knowledge, field skills and general attitude towards conservation. After speaking with them for a while I realise how fortunate I am to be learning so much and having a conversation I know a lot of others would benefit from. It is at […]

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Education or Activism

Story by Nia Jones I’m not quite sure where my passion for the environment started. I have early memories of dragging my parents to a local recycling centre with homemade bins (home recycling wasn’t a thing then) and winning a green β€˜Blue Peter’ badge for my letter to the programme about recycling dehumidifier water to […]

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Education and Conservation

A common focus around the discussions I have been having since creating this community has been regarding education. Some people don’t believe they have had enough formal training to identify as a conservationist, some people are trying to figure out which tertiary education path to take to maximise their potential in the field, and others […]

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How Lonely Conservationists changed my life

Looking at the Instagram page I created a mere eighteen days ago, I never expected to see the 300 Lonely Conservationists who had joined me in my plight to make conservation a little less lonely. I also never expected to get a message on every single one of those eighteen days thanking me for creating […]

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A little goes a long way

Imagine a world where you are me and you are sitting on my family couch with my mother and she starts talking to you about McDonald’s straws. -Are you immersed? Good. Because this was the first of two very similar situations I was in where I was about to say the very same thing about […]

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