ABOUT

about_photoMy name is Kelly E. Warren, CEO of Wild Spirit Resources. I am most passionate about the natural world and solving problems associated with the environment. I care deeply about how we use natural resources and want to dedicate my life to ensuring that our environment is protected, respected, and conserved. My convictions come from the upbringing I received from my parents and grandfather as well as from my childhood years in Alaska. My parents and grandfather taught me that the environment and its attributes have a value far beyond extractable resources. In Alaska, I saw first hand both the majesty of unspoiled nature and the effects of man upon the environment.

LET’S TALK PHOTOGRAPHY

As an adult, I have returned to favorite childhood places and have seen the effects upon them of overuse and poor stewardship. These problems have impressed on me that the environment has no voice. Only through the efforts of dedicated people who are impelled to speak for the environment will we be able to effectively assure an environmental stewardship that is the responsibility of every human being and which is imperative if we are to survive as a species.

TAKING ACTION

In 2006 I realized that bird watchers and hunters had no easily usable guide to the geese of the area. Hunters in particular needed a good identification guide so they could avoid harvesting Dusky Canada Geese which are an “at-risk” species. I wanted to do something to address this need. The result was a publication entitled, “Identification Field Guide to the Geese of the Willamette Valley and Lower Columbia River” which I wrote with the help and cooperation of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and other experts.

The identification guide discusses management, regulation, and goose distribution and behavior. It includes my photographs of the various goose species along with notes to educate the user in distinguishing among them. My experiences with the goose identification guide lead me to start my own business, Wild Spirit Resources, LLC, which focuses on nature photography and natural resource documentation. survive as a species.