KCETLink Secures $8,600 on Kickstarter to Launch Comprehensive Online Resource Guide on CA Wildlife | KCET
KCETLink Secures $8,600 on Kickstarter to Launch Comprehensive Online Resource Guide on CA Wildlife
A "Citizens' Guide to
California Wildlife" will be developed as the backbone for KCET.org's recently
launched ReWild initiative with renowned environmental
Burbank, Calif. - Nov. 14, 2013 - KCETLink, the national independent public
transmedia network, has announced that it has raised $8,615, exceeding its goal
by $1,100, on the crowdfunding website, Kickstarter, to develop a definitive
resource guide about California wildlife for KCET's newly launched online ReWild
Written by renowned environmental journalist Chris Clarke, along with
KCET's editor-in-chief of blogs Zach Behrens, "A Citizens' Guide to California
Wildlife" is free to the public and will be developed as a longstanding
reference guide to law, legislation, and human and environmental factors
impacting California's struggling wildlife. The guide, which will include
comprehensive databases, FAQs and other interactive tools and features, is
expected to become available at KCET.org/Rewild in the first quarter of
"We are happy that our inaugural fundraising campaign on
Kickstarter was such a success and are pleased to be able to provide a
resource of such enormous value to the community," said KCET's Behrens.
"When we broke stories such as our investigation revealing a pattern of
water bird deaths at solar desert facilities on our renewable energy blog, ReWire,
we realized there was a need to cover more wildlife issues. The field of
wildlife reporting will benefit greatly from having an authority like
Chris Clarke serve as a watchdog and guide to these issues."
The Kickstarter campaign, which ran Oct. 14 through Nov. 13, 2013, received
87 backers from around the globe raising a total of $8,615. The fundraising campaign was created in
conjunction with the launch of ReWild, a weekly blog on KCET.org written
and edited by Clarke, which covers the threats to California's wildlife, the
people who are working to restore California's wildlife habitat and those who
could be doing a better job accounting for their impacts on that wildlife.
The initial rollout for "A Citizens' Guide to California Wildlife" will deliver information around wildlife issues in digestible
increments, such as an
easy-to-read directory of wildlife species of concern in California, a
layperson's guide to complex concepts like Critical Habitat and "take permits,"
and hints for staying on the right side of wildlife protection laws. The Guide will provide clarity in the
seemingly conflicting information on California's
wildlife from state, federal and international groups who each have their own
take on which species face the biggest threats; and wildlife laws on the
Federal, state and international levels.
KCETLink is the new national independent public
transmedia organization formed by the merger between KCET and Link Media.
A viewer-supported 501c(3) organization, its content is distributed
nationally via satellite on DirecTV and DISH Networks, in Southern and Central
California via broadcast, as well as through various digital delivery systems.
KCET and Link TV are services of KCETLink. For additional information
about KCETLink productions, web-exclusive content, programming schedules and
events, please visit kcet.org or linktv.org.
ABOUT CHRIS CLARKE
Chris Clarke is a natural history writer, editor and
environmental journalist who has been reporting on California wildlife issues
since 1989. In addition to KCET.org, Chris' writing has appeared in
publications ranging from Camas and Orion to Bay Nature, Earth
Island Journal, California Wild, and more than 30 daily papers
nationwide. Since 2011, Clarke has written for KCET.org and has played an
instrumental role in KCET being named a finalist in the advocacy journalism
division of the prestigious Los Angeles Press Club Awards for two consecutive