Tag Archives: Environment

A Year in Review: Let 2017 be the Year of Action

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As 2016 draws to a close, it’s important to reflect upon the last 365 days. Just like the preceding years, 2016 had triumphs and failures in wildlife and habitat protection. Although we still have a lot of battles before us in the field of conservation, I feel that 2016 was the year of awareness. Global issues were brought to the… Read more »

Rhesus Macaques of Central Florida

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In 1932, film director, W.S. Van Dyke, and crew descended upon the Silver River in Central Florida to film a Hollywood blockbuster. Tarzan the Ape Man would do just that, making more than $2.5 million worldwide. In comparison to today’s film industry, that would be a hit! Capitalizing on the film’s success, local tour boat operator, Colonel Tooey, devised a… Read more »

A New Year of Hope for Wildlife Conservation

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Another year has come and gone. Like those years preceding, 2015 has witnessed both heartbreak and achievements in conservation. As we reflect back, it is important to find the positive in the saddest of situations, learn from them, and apply the knowledge gained to help in the new year. The death of the King of Hwange, Cecil, brought trophy hunter… Read more »

Make 2015 the Year of Conservation Achievements

As 2014 came to a close, I felt inundated with reports of record numbers of animals killed to fuel the illegal wildlife trade.  In 2014, almost 1,200 rhino were killed for their horns.  Numbers of elephants slaughtered for ivory were in the tens of thousands.  It appears that life in the sea is just as dangerous on land as over… Read more »

Let’s Hear it for Arthropods!

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Like a lot of you, I used to be quite fearful of a number of arthropod species.  That was until one chance encounter with an Argiope aurantia named Matilda and a visit to the Cockrell Butterfly Center in Houston.  The biggest problem with fear is that it clouds our understanding.  Although a lot of arthropods have the potential to act… Read more »

Emerging Zoonotic Diseases in Wildlife

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Outbreaks of infectious disease make headlines around the globe almost daily.  Viruses, bacteria, fungi, protozoa, and parasites have the potential to affect both humans and animals alike.  A variety of infectious diseases can also be categorized as being zoonotic meaning they can be transmitted to other species.  As reported by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health… Read more »

The Future of Our Oceans and Beaches

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Recently, my husband and I had the opportunity to travel across the southern gulf coast of the United States.  The anticipation of visiting new shorelines and wildlife inhabiting these areas was almost too much.  However, what we actually found was dismal and sad.  It appears that humans have left their mark on the beaches in the form of refuse.  Plastic… Read more »

Making Everyday Earth Day

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Happy Earth Day!  Initiated in 1970, Earth Day is an annual event encouraging people around the world to make their lives a little more greener.  By doing so, people conserve resources and help ensure that what we have today will be here tomorrow.  With hundreds, if not thousands, of ideas that can help to reduce our footprint, what will you… Read more »

The Importance of Citizen Scientists

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As science itself evolves, a new way of conducting research is emerging.  Although a newly coined phrase, Citizen Scientists have been around for a very long time, lending a helping hand to researchers around the globe.  Although these individuals may lack a formal education, what they do not lack is passion and enthusiasm.  Participation of Citizen Scientists essential allows scientists… Read more »

Wildlife Management: To Cull or Not to Cull?

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I have always thought that “Wildlife Management” was a loose term.  Regardless of geographical location, wildlife lives in fragmented habitats, held inside imaginary borders meant to protect and conserve.  It is a daily struggle for humans and wild animals to co-exist.  As the human population continues to increase, wildlife is pushed to the edge of extinction.  Animals are culled to… Read more »