When I began my career as a biologist 20 years ago, conservation projects often focused on a single species or a very localized site. Fun fact: my first job was working to protect an endangered rabbit in communally owned lands in the volcanoes outside of Mexico.
It doesn’t get any more specific than that. And that type of work was pretty standard.
But today, we take a much more holistic approach. We’ve seen that the most impactful conservation efforts look at whole systems and what it takes to help them survive and thrive. Instead of a single river basin, we work to preserve the entire watershed. Instead of a single species, we work to save entire habitats.