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Conservation Chronicles

Discussions on the human-wildlife interface

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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In this episode we discuss the mechanics of ex situ (off site) conservation, the role zoos (and aquariums) have played and continue to play in species recovery, and what we think captive institutions should prioritize as we forge ahead in this era of collaborative conservation.

Sources & Links:
Read Jonah’s featured articles of the day:
On African Greys:
https://news.mongabay.com/2015/12/catastrophic-decline-nearly-99-of-ghanas-african-grey-parrots-wiped-out/?fbclid=IwAR3gkaj_Z7AI2J1LuwZ3rwb8eAiZ5qO6MnhonzGjDsHjD0BjzWVUazNsy3M 
And on the Sumatran rhino:
https://news.mongabay.com/2018/11/first-wild-sumatran-rhino-in-borneo-captured-for-breeding-campaign/

Visit the AZA’s SAFE program website:
https://www.aza.org/aza-safe

Read more about the history of zoos:
https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/rearvision/the-ethical-history-of-zoos/6869776

And a thorough paper on the role of zoos in conservation:
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/259863205_The_Role_of_Zoos

Learn more about the species programs we mentioned:
https://www.saharaconservation.org/node/187 
https://www.fws.gov/southeast/caribbean/puerto-rican-parrott-recovery-program/

And lastly, Jonah found this paper on collaborative cheetah conservation after we recorded:
https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Markus_Gusset/publication/321361966_The_Role_of_Zoos_in_Cheetah_Conservation_Integrating_Ex_Situ_and_In_Situ_Conservation_Action/links/5ac0c47b45851584fa74b9ae/The-Role-of-Zoos-in-Cheetah-Conservation-Integrating-Ex-Situ-and-In-Situ-Conservation-Action.pdf?fbclid=IwAR29y6kXy3_DnVxFj_BbEajHeLJXUqKcmUX2HHiPP__gCPz7tkBKYRMgN9k

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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In this endangered species episode, guest host Camden Martin joins Jonah to talk about the highly endangered Northern Bald Ibis. Historically, populations of this Mediterranean species have declined dramatically to the point where it was on the verge of extinction. Intensive conservation efforts in recent decades, however, have been successful so that it was recently downlisted from Critically Endangered to Endangered. 

Sources & Links:
Read about the sperm whale with 6kg of plastic in its stomach: 
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-46275742 

Read about the study in Cyprus on plastic pollution on sea turtle nesting beaches:
https://news.mongabay.com/2018/11/turtles-exposed-to-record-levels-of-microplastics-on-mediterranean-beaches/

For more on Northern Bald Ibis life history and conservation:
https://www.unep-aewa.org/sites/default/files/publication/unep_aewa_ts55_rev_issap_nbi.pdf 

http://datazone.birdlife.org/species/factsheet/northern-bald-ibis-geronticus-eremita/text 

The journal article about the Northern Bald Ibis in ancient Egyptian culture:
Janak, J. 2010. Spotting the Akh. The Presence of the Northern Bald Ibis in Ancient Egypt and Its Early Decline. Journal of the American Research Center in Egypt 46: 17-31. Retrieved from http://www.jstor.org/stable/41431566 

Learn more about Northern Bald Ibis reintroductions in Europe:
http://waldrapp.eu/index.php/en/en-home 

http://www.uva-bits.nl/project/northern-bald-ibis-geronticus-eremita-reintroduction-programme-in-andalusia/ 

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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In the second episode of our Endangered Species series, Jonah tells us the story of the Kihansi spray toad, from its discovery in 1996 to its extinction from the wild only 13 years later. Learn how an animal with one of the smallest known ranges in the world collapsed so dramatically under the pressure of human forces.

Sources & Links:
Read today’s featured article on thresher shark tagging and why it’s important: https://www.fauna-flora.org/news/tails-unexpected-historic-first-thresher-shark-tag-team?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=news&fbclid=IwAR3Eg1Iv0Maxx1zulCTRzGnIwi1LZS8Eq2jrulUYqfiY_f0xffjk79Zjn38

And for further reading on the one-of-a-kind Kihansi spray toad:
https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/extinction-countdown/once-extinct-kihansi-spray-toad-returns/
https://www.iucn.org/es/node/12892

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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Mariana returns from traveling in Germany, and we recover from our hiatus by discussing her trip and laughing at how little wildlife she saw.

Sources & Links:

See & read the articles featured in Jonah’s news update:
http://wildlife.org/oversized-house-mice-shrink-albatross-populations/
http://wildlife.org/in-warming-puerto-rico-insects-plummet-impacting-food-web/
https://news.mongabay.com/2018/10/thousands-of-radiated-tortoises-seized-from-traffickers-in-madagascar/
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/china-rhino-horn-tiger-bone-ban-animal-medical-wildlife-conservation-wwf-a8608181.html

For the curious, Berchtesgaden is spelled like so.

Learn more about the legendary wolpertinger, possibly the funniest (and creepiest) cryptid in all of folklore:
https://www.paranormalpapers.com/cryptozoology/wolpertinger/

The Aldo Leopold quote we couldn’t quite remember was “To keep every cog and wheel is the first precaution of intelligent tinkering.”

Lastly, find us on Facebook and Instagram @ Conservation Chronicles, and visit the show’s webpage at conservationchronicles.podbean.com

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In this special extended episode, we close out our series on poaching with a look at the complicated world of smuggling and trafficking. We discuss the many demands driving the trafficking of wild animals and parts, and explore some solutions to this dreadful problem on the legislative, judicial, and personal levels.

Sources & Links:
Read Jonah’s news article featuring tiger populations in Nepal: https://news.mongabay.com/2018/09/new-survey-results-show-nepal-is-on-track-to-double-its-tiger-population-by-2022/

And read more about anti-trafficking task forces in the United States:
https://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2017/03/268182.htm

Learn more about the USFWS Forensics Lab in Ashland, Oregon:
https://www.fws.gov/lab/

Take action on the Wildlife Trafficking Enforcement Act bill:
https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/senate-bill/27?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22wildlife+trafficking+enforcement+act%22%5D%7D

Read about trafficking in Ancient Rome:
https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2016/03/exotic-animals-ancient-rome/475704/

Explore all that CITES is about and all the information they have to offer:
https://www.cites.org/

Fall in love with the pangolin:
https://www.awf.org/wildlife-conservation/pangolin

See what TRAFFIC does and why they’re an authority on the wildlife trade:
https://www.traffic.org/

Learn more about the Lacey Act – we know you want to:
https://www.fws.gov/international/laws-treaties-agreements/us-conservation-laws/lacey-act.html

Lastly, find us on Facebook and Instagram @ Conservation Chronicles, and visit the show’s webpage at conservationchronicles.podbean.com. And thank you for listening!

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We continue our series on poaching in this second part, where we provide some staggering statistics, and discuss supply and demand, the market structure behind this lucrative industry, and the myriad issues and solutions behind anti-poaching law enforcement.

Sources & Links
Read Jonah’s featured article on the incredible numbers of migrating birds over North America: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/4-billion-birds-will-fly-through-american-airspace-this-fall/

Visit and contribute to Jonah’s GoFundMe campaign:
https://www.gofundme.com/wetland-conservation-in-africa

Get a head-start education on the 2014 London Declaration, which we’ll be talking about next episode:
https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/illegal-wildlife-trade-2014

Read about the International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime: https://www.interpol.int/Crime-areas/Environmental-crime/International-Consortium-on-Combating-Wildlife-Crime

Learn more about Wildlife Enforcement Networks (WENs):
https://cites.org/eng/prog/iccwc.php/Action/report_second_global_meeting_WENs

And about Conservation South Luangwa and community-based law enforcement:
https://cslzambia.org/

And finally, learn more about the awesome all-female anti-poaching Akashinga unit in Zimbabwe:
https://www.iapf.org/akashinga/

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*As we will be continuing this series for the next couple of episodes, you have a chance to let us know what you think! Post your comments on Facebook or Instagram!

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