David Steen, PhD is creating a new way to support wildlife conservation
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patrons

$592
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Your support helps further the mission of The Alongside Wildlife Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit public charitable organization; this makes your donation tax deductible* (prefer PayPal?). Thanks to you, we have awarded thousands of dollars in grants to wildlife conservation projects around the globe while communicating science to hundreds of thousands of people. You can help us do even more.

I communicate science and a conservation message to tens of thousands of people every day through my award-winning wildlife blog, my writing, through social media and by answering tons of your e-mailed questions. Slate Magazine called me the ‘Best Biologist on Twitter’ because of my work as @AlongsideWild talking to people about snakes, wildlife, and conservation biology. You may know me from live-tweeting the 2016 Florida Python Challenge, kickstarting #ActualLivingScientist and #NotACopperhead, my many appearances in the media, or maybe even from that time I gave mouth-to-mouth to a turtle.

Many are familiar with my science communication and outreach efforts but few are aware this work happens on my own time on behalf of the foundation. Further, I want to grow The Alongside Wildlife Foundation into a powerful force for conservation that supports, encourages, and funds scientists and science communicators. You support helps make it happen. We launched in 2018 and have already awarded thousands of dollars to a wide variety of unique conservation projects (see what we have funded here).

Keep an eye out for my book Secrets of Snakes and the Science of Their Myths, to be published by Texas A&M University Press!

Find me on Twitter | Facebook | Blog | Instagram | YouTube
Some of my writing: Slate | MotherboardEarth TouchLiveScience
The Alongside Wildlife Foundation Website

About me: Aldo Leopold said, “There are some who can live without wild things and some who cannot.” I am one of the people that cannot! I am a wildlife ecologist and conservation biologist and I've published dozens of scientific papers about wildlife biology. Although I have spent much of my adult life preparing for a research career I've realized that I also want to spend time helping others to appreciate wild animals and wild places like I do.  


Searching for Burmese Pythons in Florida. Photo by Kat Whitney.

Information from Patreon about tax-deductible donations.
Tiers
Become A Cottonmouth!
$1 or more per month 70 patrons
Thank you for your support & for encouraging me to communicate science! I'm pleased to give you access to patron-only posts so you can stay updated on news!


Become a Corn Snake!
$5 or more per month 64 patrons
If you become a Corn Snake you get access to patrons-only posts and the satisfaction of knowing that you're chipping in a nice little chunk of change that helps us accomplish our mission. 
Become A Diamondback!
$15 or more per month 15 patrons
If you become a Diamondback you get access to patrons-only posts and I will:


  • prioritize your questions & suggestions for discussion topics.
  • acknowledge your patronage on Twitter!
  • send you a bumper sticker from The Alongside Wildlife Foundation!


Become An Eyelash Viper!
$50 or more per month 0 patrons
If you become an Eyelash Viper you get access to patrons-only posts and I will:


  • prioritize your questions & suggestions for discussion topics.
  • acknowledge your patronage on Twitter!
  • send you an "I Brake For Snakes"  bumper sticker & tri-blend t-shirt from Blue Aster Studio!
Become A Timber Rattlesnake!
$100 or more per month 0 patrons
If you become a Timber Rattlesnake you get access to patrons-only posts and I will:


  • prioritize your questions & suggestions for discussion topics.
  • acknowledge your patronage on Twitter!
  • send you an "I Brake For Snakes"  bumper sticker, a tri-blend t-shirt & a travel mug from Blue Aster Studio!
Foundation Sponsor
$250 or more per month 0 patrons
If you're interested in helping to provide long-term financial stability for The Alongside Wildlife Foundation, please contact me so we can work out an arrangement and I can provide additional details.
Goals
$592 of $2,000 per month
At this point The Alongside Wildlife Foundation is no longer in survival mode and we have the stability to focus on growing. This means building off our award-winning science communication work and exploring new ways to reach the general public, it means funding part-time science communicators, offering a small-grants program, and the flexibility and resources to develop new projects with artists and scientists. This would be amazing!
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Your support helps further the mission of The Alongside Wildlife Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit public charitable organization; this makes your donation tax deductible* (prefer PayPal?). Thanks to you, we have awarded thousands of dollars in grants to wildlife conservation projects around the globe while communicating science to hundreds of thousands of people. You can help us do even more.

I communicate science and a conservation message to tens of thousands of people every day through my award-winning wildlife blog, my writing, through social media and by answering tons of your e-mailed questions. Slate Magazine called me the ‘Best Biologist on Twitter’ because of my work as @AlongsideWild talking to people about snakes, wildlife, and conservation biology. You may know me from live-tweeting the 2016 Florida Python Challenge, kickstarting #ActualLivingScientist and #NotACopperhead, my many appearances in the media, or maybe even from that time I gave mouth-to-mouth to a turtle.

Many are familiar with my science communication and outreach efforts but few are aware this work happens on my own time on behalf of the foundation. Further, I want to grow The Alongside Wildlife Foundation into a powerful force for conservation that supports, encourages, and funds scientists and science communicators. You support helps make it happen. We launched in 2018 and have already awarded thousands of dollars to a wide variety of unique conservation projects (see what we have funded here).

Keep an eye out for my book Secrets of Snakes and the Science of Their Myths, to be published by Texas A&M University Press!

Find me on Twitter | Facebook | Blog | Instagram | YouTube
Some of my writing: Slate | MotherboardEarth TouchLiveScience
The Alongside Wildlife Foundation Website

About me: Aldo Leopold said, “There are some who can live without wild things and some who cannot.” I am one of the people that cannot! I am a wildlife ecologist and conservation biologist and I've published dozens of scientific papers about wildlife biology. Although I have spent much of my adult life preparing for a research career I've realized that I also want to spend time helping others to appreciate wild animals and wild places like I do.  


Searching for Burmese Pythons in Florida. Photo by Kat Whitney.

Information from Patreon about tax-deductible donations.

Recent posts by David Steen, PhD

Tiers
Become A Cottonmouth!
$1 or more per month 70 patrons
Thank you for your support & for encouraging me to communicate science! I'm pleased to give you access to patron-only posts so you can stay updated on news!


Become a Corn Snake!
$5 or more per month 64 patrons
If you become a Corn Snake you get access to patrons-only posts and the satisfaction of knowing that you're chipping in a nice little chunk of change that helps us accomplish our mission. 
Become A Diamondback!
$15 or more per month 15 patrons
If you become a Diamondback you get access to patrons-only posts and I will:


  • prioritize your questions & suggestions for discussion topics.
  • acknowledge your patronage on Twitter!
  • send you a bumper sticker from The Alongside Wildlife Foundation!


Become An Eyelash Viper!
$50 or more per month 0 patrons
If you become an Eyelash Viper you get access to patrons-only posts and I will:


  • prioritize your questions & suggestions for discussion topics.
  • acknowledge your patronage on Twitter!
  • send you an "I Brake For Snakes"  bumper sticker & tri-blend t-shirt from Blue Aster Studio!
Become A Timber Rattlesnake!
$100 or more per month 0 patrons
If you become a Timber Rattlesnake you get access to patrons-only posts and I will:


  • prioritize your questions & suggestions for discussion topics.
  • acknowledge your patronage on Twitter!
  • send you an "I Brake For Snakes"  bumper sticker, a tri-blend t-shirt & a travel mug from Blue Aster Studio!
Foundation Sponsor
$250 or more per month 0 patrons
If you're interested in helping to provide long-term financial stability for The Alongside Wildlife Foundation, please contact me so we can work out an arrangement and I can provide additional details.