Threaded Together: Strategies for Engaging Emerging Leaders

The session at Confluence reminded us that this work – engaging young people in conservation, cultivating their passion, and creating opportunities for growth – are the building blocks for a career of impact. They are also key components of mentorship, and feedback from this session will inform the creation of a mentorship toolkit, which will be available later this year.

Collaborative Conservation Tools & Resources

photo by Miguel Angel

We at the Western Collaborative Conservation Network (WCCN) and the Center for Collaborative Conservation (CCC) have put together a collaborative, live document: “Collaborative Conservation Tools and Resources”.

Reflections on Confluence 2024 Keynote Speaker: Lorraine Marquez Eiler

Lorraine Marquez Eiler, who is a Hia C-ed O’odham Elder, and the co-founder and board vice-president of the International Sonoran Desert Alliance (ISDA –, was our keynote speaker for Confluence 2024. And I couldn’t have been more honored and excited when she accepted our invitation to come speak with the Confluence audience as our keynote. Lorraine is a collaborative visionary with decades of experience, not only working with partners from a variety of professional backgrounds, but among partners from three different nations – the Tohono O’odham Nation, Mexico, and the United States.

The Magic of Confluence

by Aireona Bonnie-Raschke My objectives for Confluence have been to (1) create a in-person platform for knowledge sharing and learning, and (2) create space for networking and community-building among the people of the collaborative conservation field. There are many things to appreciate about Confluence 2024 that allow us to do those two things – the […]