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The Biodiversity Group

Focusing on Life Overlooked

aka Biodiversity Photography   |   Tucson, AZ   |  www.biodiversitygroup.org

Mission

The Biodiversity Group is an international team of wildlife biologists, educators, and photographers dedicated to preserving the smaller majority of animal life on Earth. Rooted in the science of ecology, we illuminate little known communities of animals in shrinking wild places. Our photography shares beauty, value, and scientific information to a worldwide audience through the camera-eye. And by fostering local education, we empower people with the experiences, skills, and tools to steward the rich ecosystems that surround and sustain them. Our ultimate goal is to facilitate informed management decisions by people, governments, and land preservation organizations to keep incredible biological landscapes intact for future generations.

Ruling year info

2007

Executive Director

Scott Trageser

Main address

12690 W Cactus View Ln

Tucson, AZ 85743 USA

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Formerly known as

Reptile Research

Reptile and Amphibian Ecology International

EIN

20-3091062

NTEE code info

Protection of Endangered Species (D31)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Rio Manduriacu Reserve Program

Surveying the Rio Manduriacu Reserve for novel and threatened taxa and promoting it's value, insuring it's protection.

Population(s) Served

Providing altruistic fiscal sponsorships to non-profits worldwide whose focus is also on life overlooked.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adults

This website aims to finally aggregate and convey the work of all conservationists worldwide to better visualize and coordinate efforts and even provide a donation portal for the public that makes it much easier for them to discover organizations saving their favorite species.

Population(s) Served

What began as photography-based, citizen science-programs in the communities adjacent to our study sites has scaled way up into a STEAM curricula (based on the new Framework for K-12 Science Education) for schools and parents in the US and beyond. We help kids get outside, right where they live, to learn and grow the hands-on skills needed to become effective stewards of their own wild places. Biodiversity PEEK kids design and lead their own schoolyard and backyard projects because they know they have the power to make a difference in the world around them.

The ultimate goal of our Biodiversity PEEK program is to engage people everywhere so that they will become informed citizens who have the awareness, skills, and independent capacity to act as stewards in the protection of their own local wildlife. Biodiversity PEEK is helping communities around the globe become self-driven and able to sustain themselves and the surrounding biodiversity on which their futures depend.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection

Financials

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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The Biodiversity Group

Board of directors
as of 05/31/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Scott Trageser

The Biodiversity Group

Term: 2018 - 2025

Scott Trageser

NatureStills

Randy Lockwood

Nicki Boyd

San Diego Zoo

Ryan Crutchfield

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Scott Waters

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/9/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/09/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.