Cattleya violacea Brazil

Cattleya violacea Brazil

CONSERVING ORCHIDS AND THEIR NATIVE HABITATS

The Orchid Conservation Alliance, founded in 2006, promotes the conservation of orchids and orchid habitat around the world. Currently we have reserves in Brazil, Ecuador, and Colombia, however, we are open to orchid conservation anywhere. Preservation of natural orchid habitat preserves the orchids, their pollinators, their genetic diversity, and other fauna, as well as the birds, frogs, insects, reptiles, and mammals in the forests where they live.

Why the OCA is an Alliance

It is important to have a broad base of supporters come together, to form an Alliance, to protect orchids. Here’s why: Together we can do much more than any one member alone, and together, the alliance will survive the departure of any one member. So far, 548 individuals and 35 orchid societies have joined the OCA.

Join the Orchid Conservation Alliance.

OCA Board of Directors

Peter Tobias

Peter Tobias

Ph.D. Director and OCA President. Former chair, San Diego County Orchid Society Conservation Committee; Member, Orchid Specialist Group, IUCN; Board Member, Orchid Digest Foundation.Retired Associate Professor of Biochemistry, The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA Orchid interests: Conservation, landscaping with orchids, orchid focused ecotourism.

Ron Kaufmann

Ron Kaufmann

Ph. D. Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, and Associate Professor of Environmental and Ocean Sciences, University of San Diego. Ron also serves on the boards of the EcoMinga Foundation (a conservation organization based in Ecuador) and Orchid Digest.

Steve Beckendorf

Steve Beckendorf

Ph.D. Director. Member, Orchid Specialist Group, IUCN. Member, American Orchid Society Conservation Committee. Director, The Orchid Digest Corporation. Professor Emeritus of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley. Orchid interests: Orchids of the Andes, especially Odontoglossums, Cyrtochilums, Masdevallias; preservation of orchid-rich cloud forests.

M. do Rosario de Almeida Braga

Rosario Braga

M.A. Director. Former President (2006-2010), OrquidaRio Orquidófilos Associados, Rio’s orchid society, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Since 2011 she has been the editor of "Orquidário", OrquidaRio's magazine, where she writes articles about conservation. Rosário is a botanist who has been working with orchids since 1994. She was the director of Quinta do Lago orchid nursery, where she reproduced, cultivated and traded Brazilian orchid species. Her main interest is conservation of the Atlantic Forest and orchid habitats in general. Currently she is one of the directors of the NGO Brazilian Institute of Biodiversity and her main project is the conservation of sand dune vegetation along the coast of Rio de Janeiro State.

Mary Gerritsen

Mary Gerritsen

Ph.D. Director. President San Francisco Orchid Society (2011-2014), former president Peninsula Orchid Society (2008). Consulting professor of vascular surgery, Stanford, independent consultant to biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies. Former Vice President, Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology, Exelixis. Author of two books on orchids (Masdevallias, Gems of the Orchid World; Miniature Orchids), and one on a genus of North American wildflowers (Calochortus, Mariposa Lilies and their Relatives) with co-author and photographer, Ron Parsons. Orchid interests: cool and intermediate growing miniature orchids, preservation of orchid habitats.