Wildlife Advocacy + Education

SEOT200In October 2022, I was certified with Community Active Wildlife Stewards (CAWS) – a recognition program for businesses and others demonstrating wildlife stewardship, and designed to encourage responsible wildlife viewing guidelines. Read more about the CAWS program here

• 2016 to 2020:  Ethics Committee for the North American Nature Photography Association – promoting standards of ethical practice in the field of wildlife photography.

• 2014: Co-founder Wildlife Conservation Pass Project— a grassroots project to implement a new revenue pass for our National Wildlife Refuge system.

• 2005 to 2010: Lindsay Wildlife Hospital volunteer

• 2009: 24-hour Hazwoper certification for oil spill response

• 2009: Wildlife rescue field response (Wildlife Emergency Services)

• 2004: Volunteer for Emergency Animal Rescue disaster response

• Other volunteer work: Palomacy Pigeon and Dove rescue, SF SPCA 

• I regularly donate my time and work to benefit environmental and animal advocacy organizations

Published Credits

In addition to my photography, I’m a freelance writer and an independent book researcher (14 years). My work is credited in several James Patterson/Maxine Paetro book series, including Women’s Murder Club, Private, and Confessions.

In the years prior, I wrote and edited the San Francisco travel website for About.com, worked as a freelance writer, and wrote a regular column for a national health magazine. I have a background in administration, working in various fields including entertainment.

Colorado Review Cover by Ingrid Taylar

My work appears in publications, exhibits, and installations, and includes cover photos for:

  • Colorado Review
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Magazine
  • Functional Ecology Magazine
  • Penguin Publishing’s Morning Glory Novel
  • Puget Sound Partnership’s State of the Sound

Organizational + Publication including:

  • Puget Sound Partnership
  • Coastal California: The Wildlife (w/Jeff Corwin)
  • Defenders of Wildlife
  • SF Baykeeper
  • Migratory Shorebird Project
  • Bay Nature
  • USFWS
  • California Council for Wildlife Rehabilitators
  • State of the Birds SF Bay

[A more complete list of credits is here: Published Images]

Artist’s Statement

Through my lens, I strive to illuminate and amplify:

To illuminate the beauty and natural history of our unique, blue planet

To amplify the urgency with which we need to protect and preserve the nature around us

My background is a cultural mix. I was born to Latvian parents, learning Latvian words before any English skills. I spent formative years in Europe as an expat kid, attending International Schools in Geneva and Amsterdam before repatriating to the States with my family.

Two of my earliest and most instrumental gifts were a Kodak Instamatic camera and a typewriter — to document my early impressions of the world. In some ways, my website is a continuation of that creative confluence — melding photos and words to translate my visceral experience.

I try to paint in pixels how it feels when I’m in the field: that heart-stopping moment when ten thousand Snow Geese take flight over Fir Island … when an old bull elk bugles under Colorado’s first snow drops … when a family of coyotes yips in the California dawn … when a pod of orcas glides past the boat on the Salish Sea, sharing the song of the ocean.

My guiding principle is putting the animal’s welfare above the photo, an ethical foundation strengthened through my mentorship at a Bay Area wildlife hospital.

You can read more about the inspiration behind my camera in these Q&As with International Bird Rescue and Empirical Magazine.

Enjoy your browsings and thanks for stopping by. For all uses or permissions of images posted here, please feel free to contact me for the specs.

Photos, writings, and graphics © Ingrid Valda Taylar