5 Things: Charles Post

Leading up to our Insider's Guide to Yosemite National Park, we sit down with the ecologist and storyteller to talk about what he can't get enough of right now
August 23, 2016Words by Huckberry Staff

It's been quite the year for Charles Post. The ecologist has come a long way since we selected him as our winner of last year’s Explorer’s Grant that took him to Denali National Park with (now) fellow Huckberry Ambassador Chris Burkard. These days, he spends more time on the road, telling stories of environmental stewardship and conservation, than he does at home in a sleepy surf town north of San Francisco.

Despite his exponentially busier life, a few things about Charles have remained exactly the same: his unwavering enthusiasm, kindness, and modesty. Whether you're sharing a beer after a long day of surfing or shooting a catalog in the San Juan Islands, Charles is the kind of guy you want to have around. Which is exactly why we asked him to spearhead our fifth Insider's Guide to the park in our very own backyard: Yosemite. Keep an eye out for that later this week, and in the meantime, read on about a few things Charles can’t get enough of right now. 


"In their own words, Mongabay seeks to raise interest in and appreciation of nature and wildlife, while examining the impact of emerging trends in climate, technology, economics, and finance on conservation and development. I find this news important to keep up on simply because we live on such as vast and rapidly changing planet. If you aim to stay informed on the most pressing of environmental issues, it pays to keep you finger on the pulse of a website dedicated to communicating those headlines."

Dave and Amy Freeman

"This husband and wife duo and former National Geographic Adventurers of the Year are taking the preservation of the Boundary Waters, America’s most visited wilderness area, into their own hands as this network of lakes, wetlands, and streams faces mounting threats from natural resource extraction. Dave and Amy embarked on a yearlong adventure during which they called these pristine lands and waters home. They toughed out sub-zero winters shrouded in darkness and mosquito-rich summers in order to create a social media and film-driven campaign to draw awareness to the plight of this incredible wilderness area."

Zeiss 10X42 Binoculars

"Being an ecologist, storyteller, and avid birdwatcher I never leave home without my trusty pair of binoculars. After years of setting my sights on a new pair, I was fortunate enough to finally call the Zeiss Victory SF 10x42 binoculars my own. These binoculars are widely considered the best on the market, and trust me when I say that I will vouch for that claim day in and day out. Hold them up to your eyes and prepare for your world to be forever changed. The optics are simply incredible."

@AprilBencze on Instagram

"April Bencze is a wildlife photographer, environmental activist, naturalist, and skilled writer dedicated to creating visuals and narratives that illuminate the plights, biodiversity, beauty, and wildness of British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest, a swath of temperate rainforest that hugs BC’s verdant west coast. Her ability to capture moments in nature that go unnoticed or unfold far from the eyes, cameras, and ears of the average explorer makes April’s account a gallery of insights and perspectives born from the wild corners of the Great Bear. Each post is truly a work of art rooted in an intention to protect the patch of earth April calls home."

Island Earth

"At the moment, I've been really excited about working with filmmaker and fellow Huckberry Ambassador, Cyrus Sutton, on his latest documentary, Island Earth, a film that investigates the nexus of stewardship, organic farming, GMOs, Big Ag, and major chemical companies effect on the social, economic, and ecological fabric of the Hawaiian Islands, a case study which is very much a microcosm for social and environmental well-being on a global scale. Keep your eyes out for an Island Earth premier near you this fall."

Bonus Round

Do you collect anything?

"Yes, I collect records of all of the birds and wildlife sighted from my backyards. So far I’ve identified 66 species in my backyard, 60 of which are birds. Aside from the species name, date, and associated behavioral notes, I tend to record any unique aspect of the observation, such as, 'a hooded oriole with nesting material in it’s mouth.' Collecting this data roots back to my years working as a field biologist when I literally spent eight to ten hours a day collecting data on the ecosystem in which I was immersed."

Fill in the blank: the ____ makes the man.

"The binoculars make the man."

Nerdiest hobby?

"Besides birdwatching – which is pretty nerdy – I am a total American history buff. I spend a bunch of time reading books on the Revolutionary War, cod (the fish), the history of rainbow trout in North America, the Lewis and Clark Expedition, Teddy Roosevelt’s environmental legacy, and so on. I can't get enough." [H]

Charles post is a naturalist, writer, and bird watcher. He lives and works in the Bay Area.


Images ©: 1, 2, 4, 5, 8; Alex Souza. 3, 6; Charles Post. 7; Meg Haywood Sullivan.


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