Conservation Geography was founded in 1996 by Amy Haak. Based in Boise Idaho, Conservation Geography is dedicated to the protection of biological diversity and healthy ecosystems across North America. We conduct scientifically based analyses and biological assessments driven by geospatial technologies for non-profit conservation organizations in support of public education, citizen participation in the management of public resources, and litigation when necessary to assure agency conformance with environmental laws.
The hummingbird in our logo is a reminder of one of our earliest victories for the environment. We used data provided by the Clearwater National Forest and aerial photography to prove that the forest was not meeting their forest plan requirements for old growth preservation and thus stopped an ill-conceived old growth timber sale. The case was litigated by attorney Laird Lucas who used the mental image of the Calliope Hummingbird to help focus his thoughts during the multi-day case. As the smallest long-distance migrant in the world, the Calliope Hummingbird is an inspiration for tackling difficult tasks and succeeding in spite of seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Climate change and its impacts on the phenology of flowering plants poses new challenges for the Calliope Hummingbird as it migrates between the mountains of Canada and the southern tip of Mexico.