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Conservation Chronicles

Discussions on the human-wildlife interface

Jonah and Mariana sit down for a conversation on the perils of field work, and share some first-hand advice on taking care of yourself in the field.

Sources & Links:

Check out the organization advocating for wildlife at the US/Mexico border: No Border Wall Facebook Page

And learn how important proper nutrition is to your body: Nutrition Facts

Today's News:

A Philippine island employs a rare cockatoo in its fight against mines

Watch: California embarks on massive wildlife overpass

CITES convention passes new wildlife trade protections

Several groups challenge new ESA rules

Biologists document oldest recorded Kentucky Warbler

This upland sandpiper was banded 13 years ago. And it's still alive.

 

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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Sources & Links:

Get the basics about saiga ecology and conservation:
https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/19832/50194357#geographic-range

Some hope for Kazakhstan’s saiga population:
https://www.fauna-flora.org/news/steppe-change-kazakhstan-saiga-population-doubled-last-two-years

Read about the most recent saiga mass mortality events:
https://news.mongabay.com/2018/01/a-time-bomb-for-the-saiga-bad-news-central-asias-beleaguered-antelope/

Check out a very detailed report on the saiga horn trade:
https://www.trafficj.org/publication/10-Saiga_Antelope_Trade.pdf

Learn more about conservation issues surrounding saiga:
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/2018/08/saiga-antelope-poaching-disease/

This site has all of the resources you need and more on saiga:
https://www.saigaresourcecentre.com

The paper we mentioned on European saiga history (found on Saiga Resource Centre):

Lushchekina, A. and A. Struchkov. 2001. The Saiga Antelope in Europe: Once Again on the Brink? The Open Country 3: 11-24.

 

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 Mariana are back for a second season of exploring the human-wildlife interface and all its many conservation issues. In this episode, Mariana talks about her brief time with a pika survey in New Mexico, and Jonah fills us in on his pilot field season for his graduate work with Saddlebill Storks in Zambia. Lessons learned, adventures had, and much more to come!

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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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

 

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 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 

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