Wenfei Tong

Science Editor

Compelling storytelling can inspire conservation action. I help identify and research timely stories for our media team to produce and ensure that they are engaging, scientifically accurate and culturally sensitive.

As a human who prefers most other species, especially birds, I hope that inspiring others to see the beauty in nature through art and science will help protect the landscapes and species that remain. A wise dog was my first great friend and role model other than my parents, and I enthusiastically IDed dogs on the streets of Singapore until I discovered birds. Books were my main introduction to nature, and they continue to be an inspiration and a refuge.

My love of books and birds has led to various antics including writing books about birds, leading birding trips on horseback, and sneaking bird carcasses into a Zambian jail for a scientific experiment. I am happiest exploring wild, wide open spaces in the company of birds, a good book, dog, and horse.


Ph.D., Biology, Harvard University
B.A., Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University

Wenfei Tong
Center Conservation Media
work: (607) 254-2874
Email wt244@cornell.edu
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Golden-cheeked Warbler by Bryan Calk/Macaulay Library