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Discussions on the human-wildlife interface

This week Jonah has a few quick pieces of wildlife news from around the world.

Join the 'No Border Wall' Facebook group to get frequent updates on the situation in South Texas and beyond: https://www.facebook.com/noborderwall/ 

Read more about the turtle trafficking bust in the Philippines: 
https://news.mongabay.com/2019/03/philippines-customs-find-more-than-1500-live-turtles-in-suitcases/?fbclid=IwAR2KSgVHuQ_gU8p8WKjSoMwz0YK4KKK9mXXEOXN-25p2iN-vx0TB2nc6AhE 

Learn more about the study on migrant songbirds as a dispersal agent for invasive hemlock woolly adelgid: 
https://www.audubon.org/news/migrating-birds-may-be-spreading-invasive-pest-decimates-forests?ms=digital-eng-social-facebook-x-20190200_fb_link&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=20190200_fb_link&fbclid=IwAR2PAuWNcVjIoFRPbYyCKgh14Rf7MuSYzwpPCOFsVEitpDaFGxqjvAGIrbI 

Read about infrared drone surveys of koala populations in Australia:
http://wildlife.org/heat-sensing-drones-spot-koalas-through-the-leaves/ 

Read a brief report on the USFWS's decision to list the northern Scarlet Macaw under the Endangered Species Act:
http://wildlife.org/usfws-to-list-scarlet-macaw-subspecies-as-endangered/ 

See one of the photos of the rare Arabian caracal capture on a remote camera in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates: 
https://www.thenational.ae/uae/environment/arabian-caracal-spotted-for-first-time-in-abu-dhabi-in-35-years-1.829133?fbclid=IwAR0NUcvjmVpngSD91HBpmWs-qzvs57oednRL2eVe-vG_PHi5FTgICsp4t7A 

Find us on Facebook and Instagram @ Conservation Chronicles. Our email address is conservationchronicles@gmail.com, and our show’s webpage can be found at conservationchronicles.podbean.com.

In today's episode, we finish our two-part series on the Bundys' conflict with the Bureau of Land Management. We explore how decades of tension over a tortoise and its protected land led to two armed standoffs with federal officials, both orchestrated by a member of the Bundy family, but both hundreds of miles apart in two different states. In case you missed it, go back and listen to Part 1 for the background on why this interface conflict began.

Sources & Links:

Listen to the Bundyville podcast for more on this complicated family and its history: https://www.npr.org/podcasts/606441988/bundyville

Learn more about the BLM: https://www.blm.gov/

Learn more about public lands in the United States: https://www.doi.gov/blog/americas-public-lands-explained

And see the US Fish & Wildlife's species profile and public documents for the ESA-listed Mojave desert tortoise: https://ecos.fws.gov/ecp0/profile/speciesProfile?spcode=C04L

Find us on Facebook and Instagram @ Conservation Chronicles. Our email address is conservationchronicles@gmail.com, and our show’s webpage can be found at conservationchronicles.podbean.com.
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Today's episode is part 1 of a two-part series on the Bundy family versus the Bureau of Land Management. This decades-long saga is a dramatic example of the consequences of chronic conflict on the human-wildlife interface. In part 1, we provide some background on Cliven Bundy, the federally-threatened Mojave desert tortoise, ranching on federal land, and public land management in the United States.

 

Sources & Links:

 

Learn more about the BLM: https://www.blm.gov/

Learn more about public lands in the United States: https://www.doi.gov/blog/americas-public-lands-explained

And explore the US Fish & Wildlife's species profile for the ESA-listed Mojave desert tortoise, including all of the publically-available documents regarding the species listing and actions taken over the last few decades: https://ecos.fws.gov/ecp0/profile/speciesProfile?spcode=C04L

 

Find us on Facebook and Instagram @ Conservation Chronicles. Our email address is conservationchronicles@gmail.com, and our show’s webpage can be found at conservationchronicles.podbean.com.
Theme Song: Epic Cinematic by Scott Holmes / https://scottholmesmusic.com

In the first of a new biweekly news segment, Jonah shares four recent news stories about the Texas-Mexico border wall, African Grey Parrot trafficking, black leopards in Kenya, and Russia's "whale jail."

Read about the details of President Trump's border wall decision-making:
https://www.audubon.org/news/beloved-wildlife-sanctuaries-limbo-trump-declares-border-emergency?ms=digital-eng-social-facebook-x-20190200_fb_link&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=20190200_fb_link&fbclid=IwAR2mliZI6A0eip03ZdWLutOb1GREB64c47s1QdK4KCbObngVJ30epxeKfCA 

Follow the Facebook page 'No Border Wall' for daily updates on the situation in Texas:
https://www.facebook.com/noborderwall/ 

Read about the new report identifying Turkish Airlines as a primary airline for the African Grey Parrot trade:
https://news.mongabay.com/2019/02/report-turkish-carrier-is-poachers-airline-of-choice-for-parrot-trade/ 

Watch San Diego Zoo Global's camera trap footage of the first black leopard documented in Africa in nearly 100 years:
https://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/animals-source/00000168-ddf4-d0fe-a76e-fdfd30860000?fbclid=IwAR2mxKOPOhW0qSfyX1K1BsUuZgQZFs9z7K0s-k6OADyotvpEl7X3IM4ZKbY

And also check out photographer Will Burrard-Lucas's stunning photos of Kenya's black leopards:
http://blog.burrard-lucas.com/2019/02/black-leopard-in-africa/ 

Finally, read about a terrible situation in Russia where killer whales and belugas are in legal limbo:
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/2019/02/orca-and-beluga-whales-trapped-in-russia-for-aquarium-trade/?cmpid=org%3Dngp%3A%3Amc%3Dsocial%3A%3Asrc%3Dfacebook%3A%3Acmp%3Deditorial%3A%3Aadd%3Dfb20190207animals-whalestrappedrussia%3A%3Arid%3D&fbclid=IwAR17RVSLlcZQ_Wu8ButlYx3K8SE6gZtBFqWnNByRF3zTRL4mvq4S8Ewr2zU&sf207380571=1 

In today’s episode, we tackle a problem every young conservationist faces in their career: unpaid labor and volunteer “internships.” We discuss why unpaid labor is more and more anachronistic in a time of student loans and economic hardship for young professionals, and how failing to pay your field assistants compromises the quality of their work and your project.

Sources & Links:
Read today's featured news articles:
On shearwaters and petrels in Hawaii:
http://wildlife.org/unseen-for-300-years-endangered-seabirds-heard-on-oahu/?fbclid=IwAR3hOPJSOg3xzWxlg01KnnEGSIlslw9a6aZ3xJO5dgKcx2jCJn6M3EC-bxE

On another seizure of smuggled pangolin scales and elephant tusks:
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-47088694?fbclid=IwAR0wX0KBwWhiyKHYy27pnQsb20mlj43BoijMMCWBQshh8wkcqXrRcKjoMLM

Read the Mongabay article covering today's topic with some real-world examples: https://news.mongabay.com/2017/08/a-rich-persons-profession-young-conservationists-struggle-to-make-it/?fbclid=IwAR2sU1-THn2sx717n9qW6_PKhh_f18IxE8bDnK3uv43vhDuofyaIWDVDgkg

And a thought-provoking blog post on the troubling trend of so-called researchers disguising tourism as conservation: http://www.jamesborrell.com/why-volunteering-with-animals-does-nothing-for-conservation/?fbclid=IwAR3_QbDe0LZVz_iaZmiVxvCO9YNpWhJAqt0HglkwhZLhqZ1yNWzfzVI_68o

Find us on Facebook and Instagram @ Conservation Chronicles. Our email address is conservationchronicles@gmail.com, and our show’s webpage can be found at conservationchronicles.podbean.com.
Theme Song: Epic Cinematic by Scott Holmes / https://scottholmesmusic.com

We’re back to hear all about Jonah’s birding and wildlife adventures in Belize! Including the people and place, the local conservation culture, and of course the birds!

Sources & Links:
Read today’s featured news article on tagging invertebrates:
https://news.mongabay.com/2019/01/a-fitbit-for-squid-could-help-track-the-oceans-squishier-species/

Read the article featured in our sustainability tip:
https://news.mongabay.com/2019/01/cellphones-are-still-endangering-gorillas-but-recycling-old-ones-can-help/?fbclid=IwAR26FxLdY82_1ID7xZgv4SviQWBJL7rMKrzmKNXrcfrV5dy2oHX4UtQ6GZg

And see Jonah’s Belize photography here:
https://jonahgulaphotography.weebly.com/

Find us on Facebook and Instagram @ Conservation Chronicles. Our email address is conservationchronicles@gmail.com, and our show’s webpage can be found at conservationchronicles.podbean.com.

Theme Song: Epic Cinematic by Scott Holmes / https://scottholmesmusic.com

While Jonah’s chasing birds in Belize, Mariana gives a quick update and responds to our first listener email.

See listener Ethan Mann’s wildlife photography here: https://www.instagram.com/ethanmannphotog/

Find us on Facebook and Instagram @ Conservation Chronicles. Our email address is conservationchronicles@gmail.com, and our webpage can be found at conservationchronicles.podbean.com.

Theme Song: Epic Cinematic by Scott Holmes / https://scottholmesmusic.com

In our first Video Highlight episode, we feature an awesome video filmed at Lake Nakuru National Park in Kenya, in which a lion pounces on a zebra and gets taken for a wild ride.

Watch the video here: https://www.facebook.com/LakeNakuruNationalPark/videos/2084534451589941/

Find us on Facebook and Instagram @ Conservation Chronicles. Our email address is conservationchronicles@gmail.com, and our show’s webpage can be found at conservationchronicles.podbean.com.

Theme Song: Epic Cinematic by Scott Holmes / https://scottholmesmusic.com

In our first Citizen Science Highlight, we discuss the program eBird. Created by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society, eBird is possibly the largest and most sophisticated citizen science project in the world.

Sources & Links:
Read today’s news on the ivory sting in San Diego:
https://www.apnews.com/c8e730072efb42c1b433398e62a5831f 
https://fox5sandiego.com/2018/11/28/la-jolla-gallery-charged-with-selling-1-3m-in-illegal-ivory/

Read all about eBird, and sign up for free to become an immediate citizen scientist:
https://ebird.org/home 
https://ebird.org/news/a-new-era-of-ebird-science-status-and-trends

Find us on Facebook and Instagram @ Conservation Chronicles. Our email address is conservationchronicles@gmail.com, and our show’s webpage can be found at conservationchronicles.podbean.com.

Theme Song: Epic Cinematic by Scott Holmes / https://scottholmesmusic.com

In our first Community Conservancy highlight, we discuss the collaboration between local villagers and conservationists in southeast Bangladesh, and how their cooperative research and actions have helped to protect threatened species and their habitats.

Sources & Links:
Read the entire Mongabay article featured in today’s episode:
https://news.mongabay.com/2018/11/the-bangladeshi-tribe-thats-guarding-turtles-co-authoring-research-papers/?fbclid=IwAR2I4o4jId75bneakUgQ3TfQHZYmAA3yn-IWCYQ0mfElrCuwUJw62g0gWE0

And visit the Creative Conservation Alliance’s website:
https://www.conservationalliance.org/

Find us on Facebook and Instagram @ Conservation Chronicles. Our email address is conservationchronicles@gmail.com, and our show’s webpage can be found at conservationchronicles.podbean.com.

Theme Song: Epic Cinematic by Scott Holmes / https://scottholmesmusic.com

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