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Heightened Public Awareness
We created The Echo with the intention of making an educational film series to help people understand wildlife and associated issues. An educated public can make informed decisions regarding wildlife and animals. With conservation being an increasingly relevant topic, the public holds the power to make future positive impacts.
Synergistic Interactions with Wildlife Programs
We chose “The Echo” as our name because we wanted to acquire information from people that work with wildlife/animals and reverberate it back to the public (paralleling the echolocation of bats, one of our species of interest). This would accomplish two things:
Promotion of wildlife organizations and their work, resulting in a potential source of funding for them
Connections through these organizations can lead to new species of interests, and new episodes
Inform in an Entertaining Way
We believe presenting information in an entertaining way will only add to our success. The hope is that our passion manifests itself through our artistic vision in video editing and the music we create to set the appropriate mood for the episodes. Our efforts will excite viewers and motivate them to watch episodes when they are released.
Dissolve Misconceptions (Good or Bad)
Delving deeper into a subject often involves learning things that contradict what one may have previously regarded as true. Helping to break down these preconceived notions can raise people’s awareness, as well as their understanding of the ecological importance of these wildlife species. As an example of a false belief about wildlife, people have no real reason to be afraid of bats sucking their blood, at least in the state of Colorado. Through proper introduction and education to certain species, misconceptions will be less common, as a direct result of The Echo’s efforts. Viewers will be satisfied knowing that our information is up-to-date and from credible sources.
Public Appreciation & Respect for Wildlife
We firmly believe that people have a genuine interest and curiosity about wildlife. This means that people are willing to learn and increase their understanding about wildlife. A higher understanding ultimately translates to a higher level of respect for wildlife, which will be pivotal in the future of conservation efforts.
The Echo was designed around researching the ways humans and animals interact in modern society. More specifically, our aim is to educate people on the current status and importance of certain animals, as well as their impacts on ecosystems shared by humans.
We believe that people have a genuine interest in wildlife, on a local or global scale, and we believe that we can educate the public on this topic. Our method involves video production of episodes centered on interviews of people or companies that work with the animals.
Matthew Juneau studied Human-Wildlife Interactions with his time at Colorado State University. Since he was a child he has had a passion for animals, that passion developed into the desire to work with animals, and have conversations with the interested publics about animals and wildlife.
Juneau works as one of the co-directors of The Echo focusing on outreach, development, research, and public relations.
Juneau wanted to start this project because he grew up with some great mentors in animal education that weren't around anymore. However Juneau thinks the need for education about wildlife, and how people are working with wildlife has never been more important. Juneau hope that The Echo can help connect ideas and help people appreciate the wildlife around us.
His favorite animal changes the more he learns about the next species, but he has a current fascination with bats.
Mike Davis is a 5th-year Rangeland Ecology student at Colorado State University. Davis is a passionate, driven individual with an artistic outlook, and he has spent much time as a media producer, and looks to further develop these skills through The Echo.
A lifelong enthusiast for nature, Davis has spent much of his time exploring the subject of plant ecology. Naturally, this topic encapsulates an awareness of the impacts of wildlife on plant communities.
Mike's perspective on ecology complements Matthew's, giving The Echo a well-rounded approach to the study of human-wildlife interactions.