Tag Archives: Habitat Preservation

Animal Extinctions: What Can We Learn From Past Mistakes

Across the globe animal species are going extinct.  From such contributing factors such as disease, persecution, poaching, displacement, and habitat destruction, we are losing some of our most amazing creatures at an alarming rate.  Unfortunately, species extinctions are nothing new.  But can we learn from past mistakes to ensure more magnificent animals do not do the way of the dodo?… 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 »

Invasion of the Habitat Snatchers

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Non-native or invasive species are finding their way into ecosystems all around the world.  Regardless if they are being purposefully introduced by biologists to predate on a more destructive non-native or to enhance a biological area, or if they are being released by irresponsible pet owners, non-natives threaten native species.  More importantly, invasive species not only pose a risk to… Read more »

The Ivory War Continues: 22 Years After the Ban

2011 was considered the bloodiest year for elephants since 1989, the same year the ivory ban began.  Confiscated ivory from illegal sales estimate over 3000 elephants were killed by poachers to fuel the black market demand; and that is just what was found.  In a single month, Malaysian authorities seized over $1.3 million US worth of ivory that was being… Read more »

A New Year For Conservation

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Like years past, 2011 has been full of both triumph and loss.  Precious habitat was saved.  Conservationists continued to educate and inspire others to help preserve our natural world.  In addition, new plant and animal species were discovered; however, a few were also considered to now be extinct.  With all of our great accomplishments over the last 365 days, I… Read more »

Peace and Place For All

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When I first began working in the field of wildlife conservation I was very naïve.  It was so easy to come up with solutions to habitat loss and species survival when humans were not factored into the equation.  It was so very simple to point an accusatory finger.  Part of the learning curve in this line of work is to… Read more »

Extinction: The Final Countdown

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The word extinction has shown up several times in the news lately regarding the population status of some wildlife species.  All too often we can identify species that have been deemed extinct, but we are not given an explanation of how this came to be.  Historically, or I should say prehistorically, we know that a meteor striking the earth and… Read more »

Habitat Preservation and the Discovery of New Species

It is hard to believe that in a world where the human population now exceeds 7 billion, that there are still unexplored wild areas, and new plant and animal species being discovered.  I think it is easy to understand the importance of preserving oceans, jungles, rainforests, grasslands, and deserts (yes, even deserts) for the known species that inhabit them, but… Read more »