Land, Air & Sea

Ambassadors and advocates for the land, air & sea help us celebrate nature, consider our human impact, and explore how we can leverage existing systems to do better by our wilderness—featuring Ed Straight, Jason Cowen, and Neill Holland.

About the speaker

St. Pete native Neill Holland is an international development professional with more than eleven years of USG/UN programming experience in Pakistan, Turkey, Lebanon, Egypt, East Timor, Swaziland, Guinea-Bissau and more. He is currently on staff at the UN World Food Programme. In 2017, Neill and his partner, Danielle Dawley, founded Ocean Aid 360—a St. Pete-based marine conservation and habitat restoration nonprofit—and had their first federal proposal awarded by NOAA, to launch the Ghost Trap Rodeo, which mobilizes volunteers in search of derelict crab trapping gear and other forms of man-made marine debris with $25,000 in industry-donated fishing prizes to collectors. Last year the Ghost Trap Rodeo weighed in 26,391 pounds of marine debris, collected by volunteers, from our Bay—Florida’s largest estuary. . Jason Cowen is a St. Pete native with a passion for wildlife and conservation. He has volunteered with the Boyd Hill Nature Preserve since 2011, joined the Friends of Boyd Hill board in 2014, and is the current board president. Friends of Boyd Hill protects, supports and promotes the Preserve and its programs through volunteer service, financial support, and environmental education/advocacy. Though he is an advocate for all local wildlife, Jason specializes in birds of prey and assists in running the Bird of Prey Program at the Preserve.

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