Ecosystem services

Ecosystem services are the numerous and diverse benefits that people openly benefit from the natural surroundings and also from properly-functioning ecosystems. Such ecosystems contain, by way of instance, agroecosystems, forest ecosystems, grassland ecosystems and aquatic ecosystems. These ecosystems working properly supplies such matters such as agricultural produce, lumber, and aquatic organisms including fishes and fishes. Together, these advantages have become called'ecosystem services', and are frequently essential to the provisioning of fresh drinking water, the decomposition of wastes, as well as also the natural pollination of plants and other crops. Supporting services comprise services like nutrient cycling, primary production, soil formation, habitat supply and pollination.

Habitat Conservation

Habitat conservation for wild species is among the most crucial problems facing the environment today - both in the sea and on land. As human populations increase, land usage grows, and wild species have smaller distances to call house. Over fifty percent of all Earth's terrestrial surface was changed because of human activity, leading to extreme deforestation, erosion and loss of topsoil, biodiversity loss, and even extinction. Species can't survive out their normal habitat with no human intervention, like the habitats within a zoo or aquarium, such as. Maintaining habitats is vital to maintaining biodiversity. Migratory species are especially vulnerable to habitat destruction since they have a tendency to occupy more than a natural habitat. Changing a natural habitat slightly may bring about a domino effect that hurts the whole ecosystem.

Supporting services

While scientists and environmentalists have discussed ecosystem solutions implicitly for a long time, the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA) from the early 2000s popularized this idea. Additionally, ecosystem services are grouped into four broad classes:
Supporting services

like the creation of water and food

Supporting services

like the control of disease and climate

Supporting services

including nutrient cycles and oxygen generation

Supporting services

such as recreational and spiritual advantages

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Turning a wildlife blog into a career

Have you thought about starting a blog? Have you wondered how a wildlife blog or conservation blog could make a difference in building a career in wildlife conservation or science communication?

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Have you thought about starting a blog? Have you wondered how a wildlife blog or conservation blog could make a difference in building a career in wildlife conservation or science communication?

The post Turning a wildlife blog into a career appeared first on Kate on Conservation.

Have you thought about starting a blog? Have you wondered how a wildlife blog or conservation blog could make a difference in building a career in wildlife conservation or science communication?

My personal experience is that blogging is a fantastic way to build a professional network, gain writing experience and learn about a wealth of issues in depth and in ‘real-time’; as you read and research an abundance of topics to become an expert in your field.

Kate on Conservation blogging from home, this scene is the making of my Cecil the lion and his legacy: Taking the lions’ share blog post

My blog has not only given me the chance to meet and interview many of my wildlife heroes, it’s been a prime topic of conversation in my job interviews for both National Geographic Kids and Discovery Communications, and it’s helped me to come into contact with the right people to become a trustee of my favourite wildlife charity, Born Free Foundation.

Hear my chat on the Conservation Careers Podcast

This week I was delighted to be featured on Conservation Careers Podcast, tracing back my career path to date and how my blogging journey has run alongside it. You can listen on the player below…

As I explain on the Conservation Careers podcast, I began my Kate on Conservation blog nine years ago as part of my degree in English Language and Communications with Journalism and Media Cultures, which included the modules: Online Journalism; Web Publishing and Internet Communications.

The Online Journalism module involved setting up a platform to write online news and engage with an online audience, while learning how to optimise text to make it discoverable on Search Engines, like Google. 

Kate on Conservation as a student, presenting some of the learnings from my blog

Although this opportunity gave me the initial push and confidence I needed to sign-up to WordPress and start writing; most of my blogging knowledge I acquired in the years following, from just doing it, and learning ‘on the job’.

I’m happy to have been able to share some of these insights on the Conservation Careers podcast featured above, in which I trace my career path to date and the lessons I’ve learned along the way. 

For anyone looking for easy-to-use, straight forward tips on running a wildlife blog, I’ve shared a list of Top 10 tips for emerging nature and wildlife bloggers Here.

My blog has been the recipient of a number of awards, including being named one of the UK’s top 10 blogs by Market Inspector

Career development and support with Conservation Careers

So what’s next? Many of my social media followers will know that I left full-time media work in January to go freelance as a blogger, writer and speaker, but the current situation with Covid-19 has pretty much changed all my career plans for 2020.

Leaving my job and former life in London behind at the beginning of this year to relocate with my family to Norfolk was a huge deal for me, but things were off to a great start at the end of January, my story ‘Saint Lucia: The Birds and the Baby‘ was announced as the Judges First Runner-Up in the Terra Incognita Travel Blogger of the Year Competition.

terra incognita travel blogger of the year 2020 Runner-Up certificate

I’m sure I’m not alone in finding that the Covid-19 outbreak put a stop to a number of exciting plans, freelance contracts and career progressions – and as such, I don’t feel like the uncertainty of the freelance world is right for our family anymore.

Fortunately, one of my prizes from the Travel Blogger of the Year Competition was a free place on the Conservation Careers Kick-Starter program — and lockdown seems like the perfect time to get stuck in!

So, with much excitement and optimism; I’m embarking on a long-held dream — to make my first steps from the media sector to the conservation sector. This comes about a year or so ahead of schedule; but always something I hoped to achieve one day.

Setting a Career Compass

Even though I’ve been incredibly happy with my career to date, I haven’t really evaluated my career path, the direction I’m going in, the causes that matter to me and the things I want to achieve in my daily life since… choosing my A Levels?!

Hopefully now is the right time for some reflection, self-development and personal growth, and through the Kick Starter online course, I’ve been setting my ‘career compass’.

I’m excited to be considering myself a ‘career switcher’ from educational content creator and writer to “something” in the conservation sector. What that “something” will be remains to be seen, but setting a career compass through plenty of analysis and self-reflection has filled me with a lot of ideas, motivation and inspiration.

For many reasons, I’m becoming ever more the optimist, and having the chance to take part in this course right now during lockdown feels like it was meant to be. For a limited time only, there’s also a chance to gain free access to the Conservation Careers ‘How to Get a Conservation Job‘ video training sessions, which can be accessed here, or by clicking the image below.

I have no idea what the job landscape will look like over the next few months; but I’m hopeful that that this period will allow me to comfortably work through this course and figure out my transferrable skills as a ‘career switcher’.

I’m looking forward to seeing where this journey takes me. Hopefully it’s a good time to learn and prepare – and to get my CV in order. Plus I’ve remembered how much I really do love learning.

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