Meet Brendan Lindsay and Nick Brady! Two second term Wild Keepers in Outer Banks, North Carolina. Nick and Brendan are both passionate about ocean and beach cleanups and caring for waterways, so much so that they created a page dedicated to this called TheDeepEnd that focuses on all things water, beaches and keeping them beautiful!
When we asked them to share more about their shared passion, they said,"We met while doing ocean rescue over a decade ago. Doing ocean rescue really fostered a passion for the ocean and water sports within both of us. Living in the Outer Banks we see a huge seasonal tourist population. Visitors often have a huge negative impact on our local habitats and ecosystems when they do not pick up after themselves. We’ve often seen it devastate our local wildlife which includes dolphins, turtles, loons, and many others. There is a saying in our area, “come visit our beautiful beaches but only leave footprints behind.” This has inspired us to do a lot of our beach clean ups and to really do our best to leave a minimal footprint. There is a huge disparity in the amount of trash during the busy tourist summer and the winter which has a much smaller local population. This really highlights the need to keep our beaches clean and to do pickups when we have the time." As we are seeing an influx of people continuing to opt outside, it is more important now to educate and share just how much impact we have on ecosystems, waterways and our environments. Informing on Leave No Trace principles, how long items take to decompose, where they may end up and what we can do to leave things better is something we can all do more of!
Read more about Brendan and Nick and their take on being Wild Keepers below!
Keep Nature Wild: What is your preferred way to get outside?
Brendan And Nick: We love water based activities, especially free diving and spearfishing.
KNW: What would you pick, forests, mountains or deserts?
KNW: What is your favorite thing about being a Wild Keeper?
B+N: Spreading awareness to clean up after those who don’t.
KNW: What has picking up trash outdoors done for you?
B+N: It has opened our eyes to how much trash is present and how big of an issue it really is
KNW: Roughly how many pounds do you think you've picked up since you became a Wild Keeper?
KNW: What goals do you have for this year? (or beyond?)
B+N: Create monthly community cleanups in our local area!