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Bear Biologist Carl Lackey is called out to investigate a case of breaking & entering at a house on the north shore of Lake Tahoe.
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370lb Black Bear

February 28, 2011

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Bear Biologist Carl Lackey releases a 370lb black bear that was found living under a shack at a ski resort in Lake Tahoe, Nevada USA.

Our Latest Project

September 8, 2010

‘Plight of the Honey Bee’

Honey bees are mysteriously disappearing at a catastrophic rate – a crisis known as Colony Collapse Disorder and researchers are working to determine the cause. This is particularly alarming considering honey bees are responsible for pollinating one out of every three bites a person eats.

In our latest project ‘Plight of the Honey Bee’ we look to raise awareness regarding the alarming situation honey bees face. Honey bees need action taken now as one third of our daily diet relies on honey bee pollination. This film will help children understand the honey bee’s plight and will give helpful information on how everyone can get involved to spread the word. Why are honey bees in trouble?

  • Worldwide there is disturbing evidence that pollinating animals have suffered from loss of habitat, chemical misuse, introduced and invasive plan and animal species, and diseases and parasites.
  • Many pollinators are federally “listed species,” meaning that there is evidence of their disappearance in natural areas.
  • The U.S. has lost over 50% of its managed honeybee colonies over the past 10 years.

Please help us raise the funds needed for this project. Donate now by using the Paypal widget on TheWildlifePortal.tv’s homepage.

Fiscal Sponsorship

September 8, 2010

TheWildlifePortal.tv Approved for Tax- Deductible Donations

Many of you will probably have noticed the lack of blogs and newsletters from TheWildlifePortal.tv over the past few months. This has been due to the setup of our financing structure which we are glad to announce is now in place.

We are happy to announce that WildlifePortal.tv is now *Fiscally Sponsored by San Francisco based Environmental Media Fund allowing our work to receive tax-deductible donations and grants. This now means any donation you make to an individual project on TheWildlifePortal.tv is tax-deductible helping us and helping you.

Where will your donations be spent? Our fund raising efforts are on a project-to-project basis, meaning funds will be raised for each educational film project as we go. This way, donors are able to see their donations being used directly for the individual project and the final result once live on our site.

How do I make a donation? I’m glad you asked! We now have a new donation widget on our homepage allowing donors to make a quick and easy donation with either a credit/debit card or direct from a bank account via a Paypal account. This widget can also be embedded onto your own website to help raise funds for TheWildlifePortal.tv; just click on the ‘Add to site’ link within the widget.

* How does fiscal sponsorship work? Fiscal Sponsorship is when a nonprofit organization / foundation (usually one registered as a 501(c)(3) with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service) agrees to “sponsor” the activities of an individual, for-profit organization or corporation, foreign nonprofit, or any other type of organization, association, or group. Fiscal sponsorship allows donations to the sponsored individual or organization to be tax deductible. Fiscal sponsorship is often used by existing nonprofits to further their charitable or philanthropic public benefit purposes, or to incubate new nonprofit initiatives without the cost and time burden of registering a new nonprofit.

It’s Alive

February 13, 2010

Yes it’s true. On February 10th I flipped the giant rusty iron switch located on the wall of my web-lab; power surged and a new website was born.

The Wildlife Portal (TWP) is alive.

Ok, so really it’s not that dramatic, but it sure feels like it. After months of work building the site, testing it, creating content etc. it’s now out there for all to see.
But the work doesn’t stop there as the filming side of it, which let’s face it is the whole point, is ongoing and there’s much to do.

At this stage I’m merrily filming away creating the mini-episodes to populate the site, but it all takes time and money! And of that there is not much to throw at it.
In fact the question I’m most asked is “how does it pay?” and “Where does the money come from?” And those are good questions.
The simple answers are, “It doesn’t.” and “out of my own pocket.”

Then comes the blank stare as people look at me like I’m a crazy person… and partially I am!

The idea is, to firstly ‘do something I love’, and secondly ‘try and earn some cash to pay for it along the way’. Now trust me no businessman ever walked into a bank with a business plan like this, that didn’t get thrown out, while the rest of the bank employees laughed their heads off, and spoke about him for the rest of the week over a beer with their buddies. I know! However, there is something to be said for trying these things and following your dreams. Yes I know, I know, heard it all before (don’t panic this isn’t turning into the sequel of The Secret!).

To cut to the chase there is method to my madness and a plan, it’s just not the type that banks like! You’ll probably have noticed if you’ve visited the site that there are advertising banners across the top and bottom of the pages. These are the first and primary source of funding. Every click that a visitor makes on one of these ad links sends a few pennies my way. (As you can imagine it needs a LOT of clicks). And with enough visitors to the site it could pay for its upkeep. It’s just a case of building up the punters!

The secondary source of funding is one that may take some time to achieve, but has great potential. That is a grant for the site to become a teaching aid in classrooms across the globe. This already has the backing of a group of professors and is underway, but as with all good things, this will take time – probably even years to come to fruition. So we won’t hold our breath over that one.

Then there is the merchandise the Portal’s little web store has to offer. Cafepress does a great job of hosting a web store that has no overheads to the storeowner, but allows you to make a few bucks with each sale. Genius! The two individuals that came up with the idea were in the same boat, no money to have stock printed for their new business, so many businesses later, they started cafepress.com that gave people an option to get their brand out there without spending a penny. Thank you Fred Durham and Maheesh Jain.

Ok, so there it is. The Portal needs your support to help keep its future long and prosperous. Oh, and don’t forget to fill your wardrobes with the latest height of fashion from the TWP store at http://www.cafepress.com/wildlifeportal

Until next time…

Jake.

Welcome to The Wildlife Portal’s Blog with me Jake Willers.

OK, so what’s it all about? Well having spent many years in the world of wildlife and television, I wanted to create a one-stop wildlife website that would excite people and educate at the same time.

So I came up with the idea of The Wildlife Portal.tv , a site that offers wildlife videos (max 5 mins), that concentrate on one particular species each episode. Each video’s page contains links to an interactive species distribution map, fact sheets, and worksheets for children to have fun with while learning a thing or two.

And that, in a nutshell, is it!

Why? … Why not!

As a child I had the privilege of being surrounded by a multitude of species at Shepreth Wildlife Park in the UK. I was fascinated in all creatures weird and wonderful and loved learning about the unique traits and habits that each species had to offer. This fascination came into its own as I got older, as I found a true passion for learning that had been lacking for all other subjects (much to my teacher’s dismay).

So, I wanted to offer a means of passing on my passion for wildlife in a way that is probably the most accessible today, The Web.

As the great Greek philosopher Epictetus once said, ‘No great thing is created suddenly.’ And The Wildlife Portal is no exception. It is a work in progress that will evolve to become a user friendly site once it has been tried, tested and transformed by its users feedback.

So don’t be shy, once you’ve tried it out leave some feedback that will be wisely used to improve the site.

OK, so the site isn’t actually up and running yet as the work involved to get it there is huge… but its coming, and very soon. So stay posted.

In the meantime this blog is a place for random wildlife chatter, somewhere to come and read all sorts of wildlife related banter.

Thanks for reading,

Jake.