One of our 2021 resolutions is to stay more on top of news and information related to both wild horses and rewilding and to help you do it, too, by sharing the news with you. There’s so much turmoil and change in the world right now, but by maintaining awareness, we can better understand ways we can help.
Here’s a rundown of important news and information we’re following right now.
Our friends at Rewilding Europe have enacted a Training Tourism program to foster nature-based tourism across Europe. Its first participants completed stage one and are now looking forward to field training in the Central Apennines of Italy.
We’re constantly on the lookout for good news related to Native American communities, for whom we care about so deeply and who historically have had rich ties to horses. The Wildlife Conservation Society has succeeded in tagging culturally-important desert bighorn sheep, a species depicted in rock art and ancient drawings on the Navajo Nation. The project was a collaboration among Navajo tribal authorities with veterinarians and scientists from Denver Zoo, Colorado State University and the Wildlife Conservation Society. We know that the best projects have good partners and this one had some of the best and has succeeded.
We’ve published a video interview with John Calvelli of the Wildlife Conservation Society on the importance of supporting the bipartisan Preventing Future Pandemics Act, which you can tell Congress to pass here.
Online sales have become even more important for businesses during the pandemic. We were delighted to read this story about a 96-year-old Navajo woman, Annette Bilagody, who has become popular selling her beadwork online, using Instagram as a way to reach new customers. We love it!
The New York Times is also covering the phenomenon of Native American art on social media in Indigenous Beadwork Flourishes on Instagram. We also recommend this Times article related to nature that is poignant, “Teaching My Child to Love a Dying World.”
In case you missed it in December, President-elect Joe Biden chose Rep. Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) to serve as the first Native American Cabinet secretary and head the Interior Department. You can read more about this historic pick in The Washington Post. CANA’s founder Manda Kalimian was delighted to have had the opportunity to meet Rep. Haaland and speak about environmental issues, rewinding initiatives and the need for the humane treatment of horses. (see lead photo)