The natural environment of the Lower Rio Grande Valley (LRGV) has largely been lost due to fifty years of intensive agricultural and urban development. What’s left has been fragmented into small, unconnected patches of forest – so much so, that many people have forgotten that they live in one of the most biologically rich environments in the country. US Fish and Wildlife, Texas Parks and Wildlife, and local landowners are working together to reconnect these forest patches to one another, and to the local people that live near them.
This short film was created in five days by the winners of the 2011 NANPA college scholarship - a group of students from five countries and twelve states. The US Fish and Wildlife Service provided supplementary images of ocelots, and the US Geological Survey provided satellite imagery for the project. All other footage and photographs were taken by the students, during the North American Nature Photography Association's Annual Summit.
Created by: Joris van Alphen, Mariana Baez-ponce, Hernandez herrerias Leon bartolome, Abe Borker, Nathaniel Child, Nate Dappen, Abbygale Gazica, Thor Morales, Kari Post, Aaron Schmidt, Connor Stefanison, Stephanie Walden, & David Wong
Southeast Farallon Island is the largest US seabird colony outside Alaska and Hawaii. It has over 300,000 breeding seabirds of 13 species and supports 5 species of marine mammals. Conservation efforts are underway to protect this rich ecosystem.