WINGS WorldQuest Flag Carriers are women leading original field research or documentation that focuses on investigating questions about the nature of our world and advancing conservation efforts on land, air and water through science and advocacy.
As part of their expeditions, all accepted Flag Carriers plan to write reports, make films, or otherwise formally share information about the findings and discoveries with the scientific community and the public. WINGS WorldQuest Flag Carriers are not associated with tourist trips or paying participants on tours.
WINGS Flag Carriers must submit a formal report, complete with high resolution images, to WINGS so that the expedition findings can be shared with the greater public. These reports are posted on the WINGS website and published elsewhere as appropriate.
WINGS is not accepting unsolicited applications. If you meet the above criteria and are interested in finding out more about the program, please email us at email@example.com.
2017-2018 EXPEDITION SPOTLIGHT
Ulyana Horodyskyj: Impacts of Black Carbon and Dust on Kahiltna Glacier, Denali, Alaska
Ulyana Horodyskyj will study the impacts of pollution and dust on snow and ice melt on Denali, a mountain in Alaska and the highest peak in North America.
Due to their dark color, these contaminants absorb more of the sun’s energy, making the surface less reflective than it should be and leading to accelerated melting.
Remote sensing data from orbit are not effective at detecting black carbon on the ground, which is why Ulyana will travel to Denali herself to understand how these contaminants are impacting alpine glaciers.
Ulyana will depart in May and return in June.
Laly Lichtenfeld: The Women's Beekeeping Initiative
Laly Lichtenfeld is the co-founder of African People & Wildlife, an environmental conservation organization in Tanzania. Through the Women’s Beekeeping Initiative, the organization works with 950 women, many of whom are part of the Maasai Tribe, to help them develop entrepreneurial skills.
After completing entrepreneurship training, participants are eligible for microgrants to launch their own individual beekeeping businesses. By selling local wild honey, the women develop revenue streams which they can use to support their families, send their children to school, invest in health care and reduce their families' environmental impact.
The women also support each other through mentorship and knowledge-sharing.
Silvia Schrötter: Reducing the Overexploitation of the Bengal Tiger Habitat
Silvia Schrötter, a Master’s student at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, spent five months in India researching methods to help reduce the overexploitation of the Bengal tiger in the Manas National Park.
The tiger population is dwindling due to poaching, overgrazing by cattle and the collection of thatch, food and wood fuel by the local people.
Schrötter is collecting data about homestead gardens and will create a pamphlet in the Bodo and Assamese languages to share information about how these gardens can provide alternative fuel and income to local communities.
MEG LOWMAN: CONSERVING ETHIOPIA'S FORESTS
For ten years, Margaret “Canopy Meg” Lowman has been working on the Church Forests Project, an effort To conserve Ethiopia’s remaining forests, after decades of over-harvesting.
Many of the forests that still remain exist around Orthodox Christian Churches, who have preserved them as sacred sites. The Church Forest Project is a partnership between conservationists and the local churches, and provides local communities the resources they need to build stone walls around their forests, thereby protecting the forests from stray cattle and plowing while simultaneously improving the agricultural yield in their fields.
Lowman's goal is to build 30 walls. So far, 15 have been built.
arita baaijens: The Land That Speaks
Arita Baaijens, who was inducted as a WINGS Fellow in 2014, conducted an expedition from November 2016 through February 2017 to Mount Bosavi, a volcano in the highlands of Papua New Guinea. This is the second time she carried a WINGS Flag.
For over two months she lived with the local indigenous people, the Kaluli Tribe to learn about how their unique environment has impacted their culture. She slept like they do, hunted with them and ate the same food, including bats. She conducted a 14-week ethnographic survey and employed the "deep mapping" method, a participatory mapping tool designed for hard-to-reach communities. This will allow the Kaluli people to record their ecology, geography, mythology and linguistic history in their own terms. The results of the study will be published in National Geographic and other news outlets.
WINGS WORLDQUEST FLAG CARRIER MAP
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FLAG EXPEDITION Archive
Below is a partial listing of expeditions with links to WINGS WorldQuest flag reports. The names of flag carriers who are WINGS Fellows contain profile links.
Reports bY region:
Kenya and Tanzania
No Water No Life takes to the Mara River Basin, Allison Jones, 2009
Expedition to Paradise, Altai Mountain Range, Arita Baaijens, 2013
Documenting Flora on the Tibetan Plateau, Diane Agaki, 2007
Tracking Three Generations of Wild Dolphins in the Bahamas: 26 Years in the Field, Denise Herzing, 2010
South Atlantic Ocean
5 Gyres Expedition: The World’s First South Atlantic Ocean Plastic-Pollution Study, Anna Cummins, 2010
Crossing the Ocean on a Reed Sailing Boat, Sabrina Lorenz, 2007
Following the Route of Columbus: Crossing the Atlantic by Sailboat, Beryl Bell, 2007
Photographing Ancient Sites on the Island of Crete, Marilyn Bridges, 2010
Following Endangered White Storks Across Two Continents, Lorie Karnath, 2007
The Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge, Jeanette Salfeety, 2005
Columbia River Basin
Exploring the Health of North America's Majestic Columbia River, Alison Jones, 2007
British Columbia, Canada
Tracking Wolves in the Great Bear Rainforest, Heather Bryan, 2008
Upper Columbia River Basin
Exploring Freshwater Values and Management Solutions, Allison Jones, 2008
Great Dismal Swamp, Virginia, U.S.
Swampscapes: Archaeological Exploration in the Great Dismal Swamp, Becca Peixotto, 2016
Argentina Andes Expedition
High-Altitude Archaeology, Costanza Ceruti, 2007
Saving the World’s Most Peaceful Primate: The Northern Muriqui Monkey, Karen Strier, 2016
Santarem Salvage Project, Anna Roosevelt, 2009
Papua New Guinea
Underwater TV: Convict Fish Behavior at Sunrise and Sunset, Eugenie Clark, 2006
Papua New Guinea and Solomon Island
Headhunt Revisited: Charting Cultural Change in Melanesia, Michele Westmorland and Karen Huntt, 2005
Republic of Vanuatu
Female Chiefs of Maewo Island, Sophie Hollingsworth, 2016
Papua New Guinea
The Mountain Speaks, Arita Baaijens, 2016
Exploring the Greenland Ice Sheet, Natalie Kerhwald, 2007
Chasing the Light at 79 Degrees North, Rena Bass Forman, 2008
Life On Thin Ice, Felicity Aston, 2008
Kangiqtugaapik/Clyde River, Baffin Island
The Siku-Inuit-Hila Conference on Sea Ice and Climate Change, Lene Keilsen-Holm, 2008
Amundsen Expedition -Exploring and Documenting Marine Benthic Ecosystems in the Arctic, Maeva Gaulthier, 2010
Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada
Katujjiqatigii: Working Together, The Sedna Epic Expedition, Susan R. Eaton and the Team Sedna, 2016
Homeward Bound, Joanna Young, 2016
Antarctica and Mount Erebus as Analogues for Planetary Landscapes, Rosaly Lopes, 2016