International League of Conservation Writers

Writing to inspire the love of nature and a passion for its protection
The International League of Conservation Writers is a forum to bring writers together from around the world who are writing to promote wilderness, nature, conservation, or using other means to protect and restore the natural areas, habitats, animals, and plants of our planet. ILCW will present periodic writing awards to authors /who excel in this field.

To apply for ILCW membership click here.

Featured Video

Hudson River Bomb Trains

The sight of long trains made up of one hundred-plus black, cylindrical cars, rolling slowly through cities and towns across North America – often within yards of office buildings, hospitals and schools — has become commonplace.

Few who see them know that these sinister-looking cars carry a highly flammable mixture of gas and oil from the shale fields of North Dakota. At thirty thousand gallons per car, each of these trains carries more than three million gallons of highly flammable and toxic fuel, earning them the nickname “bomb trains.” This film is produced by ILCW member (US) Jon Bowermaster.



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“What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and to one another.” 
― Mahatma Gandhi


The Wild Life and Living Legacy of Dave Foreman
by Susan Morgan and John Miles

On September 19, 2022, Dave Foreman, champion of the wild and Wilderness, passed away at home in Albuquerque, New Mexico, surrounded by friends and family. Activist, conservationist, writer, orator, outdoorsman, historian, and friend to many, Dave leaves an important legacy. The public knows him primarily as the head of the spear for Earth First! in the 1980s, but after those wild years he went on to be a co-founder of The Wildlands Project with many prominent wildlife biologists and conservationists, The Rewilding Institute, and other initiatives including the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance, now New Mexico Wild.

Dave inspired and mentored many conservationists in his half-century career. He led by example and was uncompromising in his advocacy and defense of wild places and wild life. This book is a compilation from some of his friends and admirers, and the words of those with whom he worked from the late 1960s until his untimely death testify to his influence, his growth, and the reach of his work. He was not able to write his memoir, which he would have titled Wildeor, which he called free, wild, untamed creatures living in nature. Among those offering tributes are writer Terry Tempest Williams, prominent conservation biologist Reed Noss, author and aural historian Jack Loeffler, and Dave’s long-time right-hand man in all endeavors, now Executive Director of The Rewilding Institute, John Davis.

Susan Morgan enjoyed a long career as a conservationist, serving many years as president of The Rewilding Institute. John C. Miles, environmental educator and historian, taught Environmental Studies at Western Washington University for over four decades. Both are now retired in Taos, New Mexico. Available in paperback from Essex Editions.

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Stop Ecocide International News

The global initiative to Stop Ecocide is seeing astounding progress. Domestic ecocide bills are being proposed or progressed in new countries every few weeks, and support for recognising ecocide at the international level is drawing more attention than ever before. To view the latest developments, click here.

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Minden Pictures Photo Embeds for Free

Specialty stock photo agency Minden Pictures represents top wildlife and nature photographers, including many National Geographic freelancers. Minden Pictures has partnered with SmartFrame Technology to release a collection of over 140,000 fully-licensed images as photo embeds that can be freely posted to blogs and websites and shared on social media. The intent behind this new product launch is that access to premium images at no cost can help conservation and science writers make their online posts more compelling and their messaging more effective. Minden Pictures Embeds are streamed still images that may be posted and shared as easily as a YouTube video by copying and pasting code into your HTML editor. When shared to social networks, an eye-catching thumbnail links back and drives web traffic to your original post. You can use embeds in current projects or refresh existing posts. Embeds may be used in any context except for selling products or services.
If this resource is of interest, you can learn more about Minden Pictures Embeds at the following links:
Photo Embeds - What are they and how do they work
Introduction to Minden Pictures Embeds by SmartFrame,
Browse the Minden Pictures Embed collection
Sample Photo Embed published in an online textbook
Questions or comments are welcome. Reach out to Robbie Schmelzer (ILCW Associate, USA), Minden Photo Embed Guy, +1-808-747-6476. Or

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Xtinct Magazine Seeks Articles

The Ian Player Foundation and Planet Savers have partnered with Sign of the Times Publishing and some of the globe’s most powerful wildlife and environmental foundations to create Xtinct Magazine – The global mouthpiece for what is left of our planet, a mouthpiece for environmental individuals, businesses and corporate sustainability, including all good works by environmental groups. The first issue debuted August 22, 2022 and Xtinct is calling for writers to submit articles for future issues.

If you are interested:

            • Articles should be around 500 words
            • Accompanied by at least 3 high resolution images
            • Declare the topic you are writing about. See Xtinct’s Editorial Synopsis here.
            • State the fee you will charge for the article or if the article is pro bono
            • Send to:

The magazine’s website is:

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Green Podcasts

Green Radio Hour with Jon Bowermaster, this podcast features Pete Lopez (Scenic Hudson) on the future of PCBs in the Hudson Valley, New York (USA).

Rewilding Earth Podcast featuring Liz Hillard discussing Wildlife Connectivity in the Pigeon River Gorge, corridor of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina and Tennessee (USA). Regarding the redesign of bridges and other barriers to accommodate wildlife.

Member News

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Let us know if you have won an award, written a new book, or launched a creative endeavor to bring awareness to conservation. Chances are the ILCW membership is not aware of these things, so be sure and tell us. Send items

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New Books by
ILCW members

Holy Sparks: Poems
By Diana Woodcock, Ph.D. (US) Fellow
VCUarts Qatar Associate Professor
Finalist for the Paraclete Poetry Award

Holy Sparks is a collection of poems grounded in a belief in the kinship between the cosmos and its Creator. Biophilic imagery is used throughout the poems to suggest that reverence for the earth is a natural consequence of reverence for God. The language of poetry is used to interconnect the human, natural and sacred, and to express humanity’s moral and ethical responsibility to our nonhuman kin. These poems question what it means for humans to live in right relationship with earth’s lifesystems, and they suggest that our very identity is tied to our reverence for the natural world. They offer a space of confession, reparation and praise of what remains. Holy Sparks is a call to partake of Earth’s wisdom so that we might participate in the Creator’s ongoing work.

"Orbiting our attention from Collared doves to the prophet Mohammad, and from communion wafers to Crab-plovers, Woodcock writes with a fiercely probing grace that affirms the genuine connections between the ecological and the spiritual. While asking often unanswerable questions, this collection shifts between the lightness of being and the 'still point of darkness' with precision and patience. This book is a deeply necessary addition to the ecopoetic landscape." —Katy Abrams, Editor, Cold Mountain Review

For more information, click here.

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Extinction Warrior
By Susan B. Wile
2023, Turtle & Seed, LLC
Paperback and eBook, 250 pages, 5.5 x 8.5

An Environmental Science Fantasy
Twelve-year-old Luki Sloan is a gifted animal communicator growing up on the Bering Strait in desolate Wales, Alaska. When her scientist detective parents mysteriously vanish pursuing ruthless animal traffickers, Luki and her android pal set out to rescue them and save a cargo of “endangereds” as well. Fast-paced, and intriguing, this story will engage young readers in an environmental quest. They will also learn about Partula snails, Puerto Rican crested toads, cinereous vultures, African wild dogs, radiated tortoises, pangolins, tarsiers and a variety of other animals while gaining insight into indigenous Arctic culture, diverse environments, and plastic pollution while acquiring a greater understanding of world geography from maps throughout the text. Extinction Warrior weaves real science with a fantastic vision of a future world in which a 12-year-old wrestles with friendship, loneliness, fear, loss and her own strengths.

See all Books by ILCW members here

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“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
~Mahatma Gandhi


Do you have news?

Let us know if you have won an award, written a new book, or launched a creative endeavor to bring awareness to conservation. Chances are the ILCW membership is not aware of these things, so be sure and tell us. Send items






Limited Edition Prints

World renowned Conservation Photographer Boyd Norton has selected 16 of his favorite prints that are available to make your own. Check out these amazing images from the winner of the Ansel Adams award here.

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ILCW now on Facebook  ILCW facebook

ILCW members, please check out the ILCW Facebook page and add content.

Tell us what you are working on, what changes you see in the area of conservation (good and bad) in your area, include news from you: have you recently won any awards or accolades? Have you recently published a new book or article or perhaps finished a piece of art, performance piece, photo that glorifies the natural world? This page is for you, please enjoy and generate interest in ILCW and what we do.

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 Looking for Creative People Who Appreciate Nature 

Do you have a friend or a colleague who is passionate about Nature and believes that we should protect what we have for future generations? ILCW welcomes all creative people (not just writers) who use their talent to bring awareness to the plight of our natural world. Have them apply to be an ILCW member at

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