Ecotourism Adventures: A Conversation with Kevin Taylor

Join host Emy diGrappa and co hosts Lucas Fralick and Chloe Flagg as they delve into the world of ecotourism and wildlife conservation with Kevin Taylor, a passionate guide at Teton Science Schools. Discover the fascinating intelligence of animals and their surprising use of humans for protection, while exploring the controversial debates and tough decisions that surround the conservation efforts of this vast ecosystem.

Our special guest is Kevin Taylor

Meet Kevin Taylor! Hailing from Illinois, Kevin discovered his fascination for ethology during his university studies. This interest changed his trajectory, leading him on a journey back West. Here, he familiarized himself with the Rockies, developed a deep love for Wyoming, and finally made a home in Jackson. Kevin has been a significant part of Teton Science Schools since 2002, underpinning his broad understanding of the local fauna and flora. His expertise is apparent through the refreshing and exciting wildlife expeditions he leads into Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park. As a naturalist, Kevin's interests span all areas of ecology, which continues to fuel his passion for learning and teaching others about our environment.

“I want to share this landscape with others. Our shared experiences in these parks are such a part of the experience in this place.” - Kevin Taylor 

In this episode, you will be able to:

  •  Delve into the critical aspect of ecotourism and unravel why safeguarding our natural surroundings and wildlife is vital. 
  •  Uncover the surprising ways wildlife intelligently adapt to human proliferation and infrastructure. 
  •  Explore the world of wildlife expeditions and how they democratize the stewardship of nature. 
  •  Recognize the power of dialogue, collaboration, and mutual understanding in the quest for ecotourism and wildlife preservation. 

The resources mentioned in this episode are:

  •  Listen to the Winds of Change podcast to hear stories about the people, places, history, and stories of Wyoming. 
  •  Join a wildlife expedition tour with Kevin Taylor and the Teton Science Schools to explore Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park. 
  •  Explore the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and go birding to discover the diverse bird species in the region. 
  •  Submit your bird sightings to eBird, a platform for birders to document and share their observations. 
  •  Appreciate the natural beauty of Wyoming and take time to observe and learn about the plants, animals, weather, and geology of the area. 
  •  Take a moment to see the world through someone else's eyes and appreciate the wonders of nature that may be familiar to you but new to others. 

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