Field Notes: Volume 2, Issue 4

Dear Friends,

When Allison Hanes was working toward her MSc in Primate Conservation, she studied disease transmission between humans and mountain gorillas in Uganda with WINGS Fellow Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka, one of the leading conservationists and scientists working to save the critically endangered mountain gorillas of East Africa. Allison was also inspired and influenced by WINGS Fellow Terrie Williams, a large animal physiologist.

Now Allison is in Indonesia leading her own expedition while carrying the same WINGS flag that Terrie took on a research expedition to Antarctica 10 years ago. Allison will be assessing the relationships between humans and gibbons as well as the impact our changing world and climate have had on these relationships.

I often hear that one of the biggest obstacles to women advancing in science careers is the shortage of women in leadership positions to serve as mentors and role models. We are thrilled to share this story of the power of leadership, mentoring, and mutual support.

Yael Jekogian
Managing Director

In this issue:

  • The 2019 Women of Discovery Awardees talk mentorship and community for women in science

  • Relive the 2019 Fellows Forum by watching the videos on YouTube

  • Below the Skin with Nina Jablonski

  • Read the expedition report from Janey McGill and the Her Faces of Change team

  • Allison Hanes heads to Siberut

  • And news from Krithi Karanth, Jill Tarter, Nathalie Cabrol, Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka, Diana Beresford-Kroeger, Karen Strier and Edie Widder


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Field Notes: Volume 2, Issue 3

Dear Friends,

On April 23, 2019, WINGS WorldQuest inducted four new Fellows at the Women of Discovery Awards. Mandë Holford, Krithi Karanth, Laly Lichtenfeld, and Darlene Lim awed and inspired us with stories about their research, exploration, conservation and community initiatives, and thoughts on women and leadership. Thank you to all who attended and supported.

You can now check out their virtual trading cards on the WINGS website.

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They join an international community of 84 WINGS Fellows, and now this network of womenfield scientists is enriched by their contributions, questions and interjections to the ongoing conversation that WINGS enables and fortifies. They strengthen WINGS’ foundation and outlook for future Women of Discovery.

All the best,

Yael Jekogian
Managing Director


In this issue:

  • See the photos from the 2019 Women of Discovery Awards

  • We join Caveat NYC and Sophie Hollingsworth for a night celebrating women explorers

  • Read Sefra Alexandra’s flag report on the taro tales

  • Sunniva Sorby will carry the WINGS flag to Norway

  • Watch Gaelin Rosenwaks’ film, Coral: Glimmer of Hope


Field Notes: Volume 2, Issue 2

Dear Friends,

Tomorrow, International Women’s Day will raise a call to action to create a better-balancedworld and accelerate gender parity. We approach achieving that balance for women in science and exploration by showcasing their work through awards, lectures, expedition reports, interactive conversations and more. The more we talk about women’s contributions to scientific knowledge and advancements, the more their presence in these fields will be normalized. Our goal is to one day put ourselves out of business. Can you help us spread the word by forwarding this newsletter to at least one other person?

Happy International Women's Day! We'll see you on the trail, at the designation and beyond.

All the best,

Yael Jekogian
Managing Director


In this issue:

  • Get tickets to the 2019 Women of Discovery Awards

  • Michele Westmorland screens Headhunt Revisited: With Brush, Canvas and Camera

  • Meenakshi Wadhwa on her career, women in science and spending four months in a wheelchair

  • Kate Harris wins the RBC Taylor Prize for her book Lands of Lost Borders

  • And updates from Mandë Holford, Sefra Alexandra, Krithi Karanth and Nergis Mavalvala

Field Notes: Volume 2, Issue 1

Dear Friends,

In 2005, Michele Westmorland carried the FIRST WINGS flag to Papua New Guinea to document the incredible journey of artist and explorer Caroline Mytinger. Fourteen years later, we are thrilled to share the result, the award-winning documentary film Headhunt Revisited: With Brush, Canvas & Camera, and see how far the project has come since then. We will build on the film’s examination of Caroline’s legacy in an interactive talkback with Michele.

Since that inaugural WINGS flag expedition, we have been honored to send our flags on more than 50 expeditions and publish the resulting flag reports to share with a broad audience. In 2015 WINGS began to award a grant to every flag carrier. WINGS' unique unrestricted funding to Flag Carriers and Fellows has been invaluable to so many expeditions, projects, and research initiatives. When so many sources of funding do not pay for essentials such as salaries, travel, research, legal fees, childcare, and much more, these grants can either launch a project or provide the missing piece to bring concept to reality.

We are grateful for the world knowledge that the WINGS community of Flag Carriers has shared with us over the past 14 years, and the lessons we have learned from these women who dare to be the trailblazers.

See you on the trail, at the destination, and beyond,

Yael Jekogian
Managing Director


In this issue:

  • VIP tickets for the 2019 Women of Discovery Awards now available

  • Get tickets for a screening of Headhunt Revisited: With Brush, Canvas and Camera with filmmaker Michele Westmorland

  • African People & Wildlife completes its 1,000th Living Wall

  • How Flag Carrier April Burt will address plastic pollution in the Aldabra Atoll

  • Win prizes through the Junior Council’s Valentine’s Day raffle

  • WINGS is accepting auction donations

  • Apply to intern with WINGS

  • And updates from Felicity Aston, Jane Goodall, Bolortsetseg Minjin and Rosemarie Keough

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Field Notes: Volume 1, Issue 4

Dear Friends,

One of the most exciting tasks that the WINGS WorldQuest board and I take on is choosing our next group of Women of Discovery Award winners – the extraordinary women scientists and explorers who will ultimately join our international community of 84 Fellows.

We've spent months narrowing the list down to the top candidates. This is no easy feat, given the quality and courage of these women, all of them leaders in their fields doing groundbreaking work. They represent a wide variety of disciplines and countries spanning the globe, dedicating their lives to tackling the critical issues of our time, like climate change, wildlife conservation, space exploration and ocean health.

We are still finalizing our next group of awardees, but I can already tell you that it's going to be an impressive cohort. In the meantime, I hope you'll read on to learn about the most recent updates from current Fellows and Flag Carriers.

Yael Jekogian
Managing Director


In this issue:

  • Read Gaelin Rosenwak’s flag report

  • We sit down with Janey McGill to learn about how her upcoming expedition in Oman

  • Laly Lichtenfeld joins us for a talk in Connecticut

  • We host our second 1000 Girls, 1000 Future webinar

  • We announce the winners of the Kate Harris book giveaway

  • And updates from Rosaly Lopes, Nalini Nadkarni, Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka and Michele Westmorland

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Field Notes: Volume 1, Issue 3

Dear Friends,

This summer, my family and I were citizen scientist crew members of 5 Gyres' 18th expedition to study marine plastic pollution and explore solutions to this expanding international problem. 5 Gyres, co-founded by WINGS WorldQuest Fellow Anna Cummins and her husband Marcus Erikson, has been at the forefront of marine plastic research, education, and activism for the past 10 years.

We spent 9 days sailing along the Indonesian archipelago in the Coral Triangle. We trawled for microplastics in coastal waters, cleaned up 8,738 pieces of plastic debris weighing a total of 500 pounds from 5 beaches, and recorded brands and types of debris to contribute to the BAN (Better Alternatives Now) List 3.0.

5 Gyres’ small and powerful team practices "science to solutions" methodology - collecting and compiling data, training and empowering citizen scientists to participation and action, publishing results, and contributing to positive public practices and policy. This vision and application of education, citizen science, and community involvement embodies what WINGS Fellows represent. They practice their scientific passions and explore to contribute to world knowledge, inspire others to action, advance scientific inquiry, and promote environmental conservation.

The action items I promise to take:

  • Carry my water bottle with me and stop buying plastic water bottles on the go.

  • Carry a bamboo utensil pouch with me and keep one in my desk.

  • Talk to my workplace about replacing plastic water cups with reusable.

  • Stop using plastic baggies. Use washable containers instead.

  • Remember to say “no straw” whenever I order a cold drink.

Please read on to see other inspiration from the WINGS international community of explorers and scientists.

Yael Jekogian
Managing Director


In this issue:

  • Enter to win a copy of Lands of Lost Borders by Kate Harris

  • Updates from Gaelin Rosenwaks, Susan R. Eaton, Stephanie Dolrenry, Becca Peixotto, Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka

  • WINGS will partner with the New York Academy of Sciences for a webinar with Meg Lowman and Becca Peixotto

Bianca FortisComment
Field Notes: Volume 1, Issue 2

Dear Friends,

One of the best parts of my work with WINGS WorldQuest is when I get to notify a new Fellow or Flag Carrier of her award. This month I got to award a WINGS flag to a new member of our international community: Janey McGill. She wrote about accepting the award here on her blog.

Janey will walk 1,000 km of Oman's Rub' Al Khali, a desert spanning four countries across the Arabian Peninsula, to explore cultural differences between our lives and relationships within a tribal country which until only 48 years ago had only several schools and no infrastructure. We can’t wait to share with you what she discovers along the journey.

We are also pleased to share the video recording of the Fellows Forum. That link, as well as lots of other news from WINGS Fellows and Flag Carriers, are in this month's newsletter. Enjoy!

We'll see you on the trail, at the destination, and beyond.

All the best,

Yael Jekogian
Managing Director


In this issue:

  • Janey McGill will take the WINGS flag to Oman

  • Updates from Kate Harris, Carol Beckwith, Angela Fisher, Anna Cummins, Bolortsetseg Minjin and Susan R. Eaton

  • Relive the 2018 Fellows Forum

  • Give a gift to WINGS and get summer schwag

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Field Notes: Volume 1, Issue 1

Dear Friends,

After a long and dreary winter, we're excited that summer has finally arrived. And with it comes the first issue of Field Notes, our special e-newsletter where we'll be sending you updates about WINGS Fellows, upcoming events and event expedition opportunities.

WINGS Junior Council is up and running, advancing our mission and work with young professionals, and raising funds as a collective to sponsor a Women of Discovery Award. See below for more details and to get involved.

I'd also like to introduce a special campaign that we have for the summer: until July 31, when you give a gift to WINGS, you'll get exclusive merch as a thank you. The funds we raise go directly to supporting incredible women scientists and explorers who are on the frontlines of the fight to save our planet.

That includes women like Gaelin Rosenwaks, who recently returned from an expedition to the Republic of Palau where she studied and documented how local coral reefs and their algae have already adapted to conditions that are similar to the predicted global ocean conditions that the entire region is expected to face in the future.

Scroll down to read more about the inspiring women your donations help support, whether they're in India, Tanzania or the North Pole.

I'll see you on the trail, at the destination, and beyond,

Yael Jekogian
Managing Director, WINGS WorldQuest

In this issue:

  • The latest flag reports: Laly Lichtenfeld, Silvia Schrötter and Felicity Aston and the 2018 Women’s Euro-Arabian North Pole Expedition

  • Rosaly Lopes publishes Antarctica: Earth’s Own Ice World

  • Aparajita Datta develops adoption program

  • Vera Rubin is among the women featured at the Peabody Museum

  • Meet the WINGS WorldQuest Junior Council

  • Give a gift to WINGS, and get summer schwag

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