Gerrit Vyn is a conservation and wildlife photographer and cinematographer dedicated to telling the stories of endangered animals and habitats. He is a producer for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and a fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers
The 19 million acre Yukon Delta NWR protects one of the largest delta systems in the world and is completely free flowing. It contains 75% of all coastal wetlands in Alaska and the largest single intertidal expanse in the Americas. It has some of the highest breeding densities of shorebirds and waterfowl anywhere on earth.
The Spoon-billed Sandpiper is one of the world's most critically endangered bird species. Extreme habitat loss along its migratory route through the Yellow Sea and coastal bird trapping by subsistence and market hunters during migration and on its wintering grounds have caused its precipitous decline.
Snowy Owls lead nomadic lives and travel vast distances from year to year in search of productive feeding areas. Some years, most recently in the winter of 2011/2012, conditions cause them to come south from the arctic in great numbers.
White-nose Syndrome is a disease currently decimating bat populations in the Eastern U.S. First observed in New York in 2006, it spread to Virginia by 2009 and is now beyond the Mississippi. Scientists fear the disease may drive an entire group of species to extinction.
Washington's Gray's Harbor is one of six major estuaries on the Pacific Coast. Each spring its tidal flats host hundreds of thousands of migratory shorebirds on their way to Arctic breeding grounds. The estuary provides critical food that fuels this long distance migration.
The Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico was the largest marine oil spill in the history of the petroleum industry. Breeding colonies of terns, pelicans and other birds of coastal marshes and barrier islands were especially hard hit.
The Canadian high Arctic hosts a small group of intrepid migratory breeding birds each summer. In 2008 I spent a month camping on remote Bathurst Island trying to locate some of these species rarely photographed on the breeding grounds.