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Artemis endeavors to get more women in the field and on the water, to support women as leaders in the conservation movement, to ensure the vitality of our lands, waters, and wildlife. Artemis endeavors to change the face of conservation.

Oct 22, 2020

How many conservationists get so consumed by their jobs that they don't actually get outside? Michelle Doerr is a hunter, angler, and all-around Minnesotan gal whose career is focused on helping conservationists avoid burnout. It starts with knowing yourself, what self-care you need (hint: it probably involves getting outside), and making it happen. 

2:00 Chipping in for a friend's Kickstarter-funded movie, "Cold November" - which is a totally badass matriarchal hunting tale

5:00 That first snow of the season... it's kind of special! Unless it's way too early

6:00 A wildlife biologist makes a career switch to consulting - Anavah Consulting: Connecting people to themselves, others, and Earth

8:00 Self-care for conservationists: When your work is spent battling big issues like climate change, chronic wasting disease, etc, it can be hard not to internalize those work struggles and carry them with us

10:00 Ecophobia: Just presenting the doomsday scenario (eg: our planet is burning up) can be anxiety-inducing. 

13:00 You have to feel that you are worth self-care, and that it's not selfish -- it's a required input for being your best, problem-solving self

15:00 How many conservationists get so consumed with their jobs that they don't actually get outside? #lookingatyou

17:00 Having two kids who are polar opposites

18:00 National Conservation Leadership Institute, a leadership development initiative from the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies.

22:00 Covid is a total monkeywrench into the best-laid self-care and workplace happiness plans... conservation workplaces tend to be collaborative, and right now everyone is their own island

24:00 Social interaction is a lifeline of energy for some people... working from home is hard on extroverts

27:00 Environmental Identity - Marica undergoes a sample diagnostic!

29:00 What's your earliest outdoor memory? What was your family's culture toward the outdoors?

32:00 There's no 'good' or 'bad' relationship to nature... everyone's relationship is just different

36:00 Your environmental identity is always evolving... it changed when you took your first shot at a big-game animal

38:00 Watching five Wisconsin bucks in the rut - totally in the zone

40:00 Deer fawn meets pheasant rooster

41:00 What's your personal breaking point for time spent sitting in a tree stand? Two hours? Five hours?

42:00 Find Michelle online at

43:00 "Embracing Embeddedness" - Michelle's take on all the hunting feels

46:00 NEWS! Artemis hires a new coordinator in the Southeast