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Discussions on the human-wildlife interface

Sawfish

In a new endangered species episode, Mariana and Jonah get together to talk about sawfish, of which all five species are endangered or critically endangered. The sawfish are so-called for their chainsaw-shaped rostra (noses), and their ecologies are just as interesting as their faces.

Sources & Links:

Read the fascinating NatGeo features that inspired today's topic:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/2019/04/searching-for-last-remaining-sawfish

https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/06/150601-virgin-birth-animals-sawfish-endangered-genetics-science/

https://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2011/06/110616-sawfish-snout-sixth-sense-animals-environment-science/

Visit the IUCN profiles for all five species: https://www.iucnredlist.org/search?query=sawfish&searchType=species

And watch an incredible video of a sawfish birth: https://www.earthtouchnews.com/conservation/endangered/first-ever-sawfish-birth-filmed-in-the-wild-video/?fbclid=IwAR0tGROiu0UINCEjZSnoMV_zKKstTrujpXEYJRhOVfrms5dB4WOi_ViD0mI

 

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In our newest episode, friend and frequent guest Camden joins Jonah for a thought-provoking discussion on rewildling. Whether it be returning a lost tree species back to a degraded forest, or a rare leopard back to mountains it roamed long ago, rewildling efforts can help to restore entire ecosystems that have been damaged by the loss of key species.

 

Sources & Links:

Check out our favorite rewilding initiatives:

Rewilding Europe: https://rewildingeurope.com

Yellowstone to Yukon: https://y2y.net

Trees for Life: https://treesforlife.org.uk

Rewilding Foundation: http://www.rewildingfoundation.org

And read the excellent NatGeo article on rewilding lions in Mozambique: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/2019/05/mozambique-spirit-lion-relocation/?fbclid=IwAR3rFpTTfmYl68DXcwVeJDebcuLutP-MtfSV6c6DNo5XkRbF276oseERmYY

 

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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Jonah and guest-host Leon bring us back from a long hiatus with a passionate discussion on the controversial topic of feral horses, which are protected in the United States by the Wild Horses & Burros Act. Learn all about why feral horses are a problem for wildlife and wild spaces, and how misguided animal activism has made controlling these invasive species a near-impossible problem in the U.S.

 

Sources & Links:

Learn more about the BLM’s horse and burro program: www.blm.gov/programs/wild-horse-and-burro/about-the-program

 

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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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.
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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.
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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.

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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

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