About Wendee Holtcamp
Award-winning Houston-based Writer
Specializing in Science, Environment, Conservation, Sustainability, Green Issues, Wildlife, Animals, and Travel
A man of sincerity is less interested
in defending the truth than in stating it clearly, for he thinks that if
the truth can be clearly seen it can very well take care of itself.
--Thomas Merton, No Man is an Island.
Photos, Artwork, Design and Text Copyright (c) 2005
Put it before them briefly so they
will read it, clearly so they will appreciate it, picturesquely so they
will remember it, and above all, accurately so they will be guided by
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- Wild, Wild Wetlands in the 10th annual
Water Issue of Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine. I love when my name is on the
Save the Birds - With Doppler Radar. My first article in the award-winning Miller-McCune magazine, Apr/May 2011.
Picked up in a blog post on the
Science Journalism Tracker. "Evocative, focused, surprising, and narratively pure" - Charlie Petit, KSJ blogger.
- Black Bear Recovery in Texas.
Three of my photos accompany an article by Henry Chappell
in Texas Wildlife Magazine (not to be mistaken for TX Parks & Wildlife Mag!). May 2011.
Changing Planet, Planet Health Q&A with co-author Paul Epstein, Harvard professor at Climate Central.
Praised by the book's co-author Dan Ferber as "the most probing, incisive, interview that either of us
have done so far."
Trigger. Do traffic-related stress and air pollution trigger more heart attacks than cocaine,
caffeine, anger, or sex? Environmental Health Perspectives. May 2011.
- Regal Return: Desert bighorn sheep are being returned to
the mountains of West Texas. Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine. Apr 2011.
Can Eating Less Meat Curb Climate Change? An essay in The Daily Climate online.
Pubd Jan 19, 2010.
- Rime of the Bering Sea Mariners.
Feb 2010. BioScience. My 2nd feature on my month on an oceanographic research vessel in the
Bering Sea. The first was:
- The Tiniest Catch (requires free registration to view).
Marine scientists are prowling the Bering Sea to learn how climate affects minute sea creatures
and the lucrative fishery that depends on them. Nature. Nov 4, 2010. I
wrote 9 posts for Nature's Great Beyond blog when I was on the ship, also.
- I authored the AOL Travel Guide to Houston-An online
guide with the best attractions, hotels, restaurants, and more, as well as a history and overview
of the Bayou City! (no byline). "I'm almost finished with the first sweep through your guide
and it is awesome! Great style and by far the cleanest copy I've received yet." - Editor Craig Guillot
- The Forgotten Deep:
The Gulf's little-seen deep-water ecosystems may bear the brunt of the BP
oil spill's damage. Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine, Dec 2010.
- The essay I originally wrote for OnEarth Magazine,
My 30 days of Consumer Celibacy,
appears as a chapter in the book
Opposing Viewpoints. This is one of my favorite articles!
- AWARD! Oct 2009: My article Dead Zone in
Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine July 2008 issue won 1st place (Gold) in the International Regional
Magazine Association (IRMA) Annual Awards!
- Mimicking Mother
Nature: Scientists and entrepreneurs are increasingly borrowing concepts from the natural world to
help them create better, more sustainable products. National Wildlife Magazine. Dec/Jan 2010.
- Saving Big Bird:
A cyclone forced endangered cassowaries out of the rainforest and
into the danger zone. Wildlife Conservation Magazine. May 2009.
for the Firefox. National Wildlife Magazine. Feb/Mar 2009.
Devil of a Problem. National Wildlife magazine Jun/July 2008.
- Blue-Green Mystery - research links
cyanobacteria or blue-green algae to neurodegenerative disease. Texas Parks & Wildlife Mag. July 2009.
- DIVING WITH SHARKS! In April 2008, Discovery Channel
sent me to Australia's Coral Sea with biologists and the Expedition Shark documentary crew.
The first post, Fear, about our
relationship with and to sharks, is one of my faves. The
rest are here.
I also did three podcasts through
Discovery's Earth Live (podcasts 1, 3, and 4).
- My 30 days of Consumer Celibacy.
Living Green dept. OnEarth Magazine, Summer 2007. I love this article, and check out the hilarious
artwork! Also you can listen to a
podcast interview about the piece!
Will Urban Sprawl K.O. the Koala? A wildlife hospital founded by the late Crocodile Hunter
Steve Irwin is helping Australia's teddy-bearish marsupial weather the threat of fragmented
forest habitat. June/July 2007, National Wildlife Magazine.
- "I just read
Many Bayous, One River [Dec 2006 TX Parks & Wildlife Magazine].
Thank gosh we have writers like Wendee who have the history, the passion and the reporting
and writing chops to take on a story like this. Kudos to her!!"
-Tom Harvey, Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept
- Back to Nature:
What is it about simplicity and solitude that inspires writers?
My New Mexico Adventures Featured in E the Environmental Magazine!
I received 1st Place 2006
IRMA Award (International Regional Magazine Association) for
Best Nature Feature,
Save the Monkeyface, published in Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine, April 2005.
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THINK! Science & Faith Issues
Save the San Jacinto River & its Riparian Forest!
Suppose you are given a bucket of water. You're standing there holding it.
Your home's on fire. Will you pour the cool water over the flames
or will you sit there and write a poem about it?
- Rick Bass on his dilemma to save Montana's Yaak Valley
or write about it.
This is my Yaak Valley.
San Jacinto Conservation
Coalition, the nonprofit I founded in 2000, nominated Texas' historic San Jacinto
River - which runs along the eastern side of Houston - as an American Rivers
"Most Endangered" for 2006, due to the severe threat from sand mining, water
rights grabs that could completely dry up the river, and loss of bottomland hardwood
April 19, 2006 Texas' San
Jacinto was announced by American Rivers
as one of America's 10 Most Endangered Rivers!
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