Experiences are so much more valuable to us than ‘things.’ Things break, or we get tired of playing with them, while experiences are with us forever. Long after returning home, we continue to tell stories and show photos of our travels, sharing our experiences with friends and family. We live for great experiences!
However, have you ever thought about how your adventures help those who make those experience so special? The local guides, the people of communities in these far off lands, and especially the wildlife can benefit from our immersion in any destination.
Kevin Loughlin, owner of Wildside Nature Tours, founded his tour company after an amazing experience her had traveling to Belize in 1993. He was so taken by this tiny country, it people and its wildlife, that he returned home, quit his job and began designing his first tour, which he led 8 month later. Since then, Kevin has shared amazing experiences with thousands of people.
In this image filled presentation Kevin will share how your experiences have helped build conservation tourism in popular places like the Galapagos Islands, a very well known tourism destination.
Kevin will also share an incredible story of conservation efforts in remote Nagaland, where Kevin along with renowned author, Scott Weidensaul, launched an exploratory expedition to assist in a conservation tourism project to help protect hundreds of thousands of Amur Falcon who migrate through this rugged region with little tourism infrastructure. This is a story you will not want to miss!
Owner of Wildside
Kevin Loughlin was raised to appreciate nature while exploring the woodlands of Pennsylvania as a child. At age six, during a family trip through the American West, Kevin became fascinated with photography as well seeing the new and different birds throughout North America. Instilled with a love for travel and seeking new, exciting destinations he felt a desire to share his experiences with others and in 1993 he created Wildside.
Kevin’s photographs and articles have appeared in publications such as WildBird, Nature Photographer, Audubon, Birding and Philadelphia Magazines, as well as the many natural history books, including the new “Peterson’s Reference Guide to Owls of North American and the Caribbean” by Scott Weidensaul.