Archive for the 'Conservation' Category

Biogeography

Jonah and Camden attempt to provide a crash course in the field of biogeography, a synthetic field that describes and analyzes patterns of biodiversity as we see them today.

A brief overview of this huge topic:
https://www.thoughtco.com/what-is-biogeography-1435311 

Check out the Journal of Biogeography to get an idea of the (technical) questions this field address:
https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/13652699 

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Scavengers

Jonah and Camden talk about dead things and things that eat things.

Read about the recent changes to the Clean Water Act (they're not good!):
https://www.nbcnews.com/science/environment/trump-rollback-could-leave-waterways-vulnerable-pollution-n1122481 

Learn about the Indonesian expedition that discovered 5 new bird species and 5 new subspecies:

https://news.mongabay.com/2020/01/one-six-week-expedition-discovered-ten-new-songbird-species-and-subspecies-in-indonesia/

India plans to reintroduced cheetahs:
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cheetahs-can-be-reintroduced-indian-habitats-supreme-court-rules-180974075/ 

Roadkill statistics :
https://www.hcn.org/issues/291/15268

https://patch.com/us/across-america/deer-collisions-across-u-s-odds-hitting-animals

Two studies demonstrating the role of pumas in an ecosystem:
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/329325727_Pumas_as_ecosystem_engineers_ungulate_carcasses_support_beetle_assemblages_in_the_Greater_Yellowstone_Ecosystem

http://wyominguntrapped.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Vertebrate-diversity-benefiting-from-carrion-provided-by-pumas-and-other-Mark-Elbroch.pdf

Why large herbivores matter in ecosystem food webs:
https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0226946

Scavenger study in the UK:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5513233/pdf/ECE3-6-7015.pdf

The human-scavenger relationship throughout history :
https://academic.oup.com/bioscience/article/64/5/394/2754213

Worldwide vulture declines:
https://www.birdlife.org/worldwide/vulture-crisis

http://www.globalraptors.org/grin/researchers/uploads/580/2011_dropping_dead.pdf

How humans benefit from vultures:
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/23644288_Counting_the_costs_of_Vulture_decline_-_an_appraisal_of_human_health_and_other_benefits_of_Vultures_in_India

Rewilding Europe’s Circle of Life:
https://www.rewildingeurope.com/wp-content/uploads/publications/circle-of-life/index.html

Polar bears in Chukotka:
https://siberiantimes.com/ecology/others/news/56-hungry-polar-bear-besiege-village-in-chukotka/

Ethiopia's urban hyenas:
https://www.jstor.org/stable/41682522?seq=1#metadata_info_tab_contents 

Listener Patrick's blog about restoring prairie Iowa:
https://www.bleedingheartland.com/2019/01/09/one-man-and-a-chainsaw-a-journey-in-faith-and-prairie-restoration/ 

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Wetlands, Part 2

In part 2 of their two-part series on wetland ecosystems, Jonah and Camden delve into some of the most degraded wetlands in the world, as well as efforts to restore critical wetland ecosystems.

 

Sources & Links:

Read today’s news article on the Chinese Paddlefish extinction 

And follow these links to learn more about the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, wetland issues, and the sites mentioned in today’s episode:

https://www.wetlands.org/wetlands/ 

https://www.millenniumassessment.org/documents/document.358.aspx.pdf 

https://www.ramsar.org 

 

Aral Sea:

https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/world-of-change/AralSea 

https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/77193/the-aral-sea-before-the-streams-ran-dry 

 

Iraqi Marshes: 

https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/world-of-change/Iraq 

https://www.wetlands.org/casestudy/conserving-and-restoring-the-iconic-marshes-of-southern-iraq/ 

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/news/2015/07/150709-iraq-marsh-arabs-middle-east-water-environment-world/ 

 

Prairie Potholes:

https://www.fws.gov/wetlands/documents/Status-and-Trends-of-Prairie-Wetlands-in-the-United-States-1997-to-2009.pdf 

Inner Niger Delta & other African wetlands:

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/286443601_Zwarts_L_Bijlsma_RG_van_der_Kamp_J_Wymenga_E_2009_Living_on_the_edge_Wetlands_and_birds_in_a_changing_Sahel_KNNV_publishing_Zeist_The_Netherlands 

https://www.water-energy-food.org/resources/resources-detail/the-inner-niger-delta-nexus-dynamics-at-the-heart-of-the-sahel/ 

 

Colorado River Delta:

https://www.nrdc.org/onearth/colorado-river-delta-proof-natures-resiliency 

https://raisetheriver.org 

 

Danube River Delta:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/dec/27/it-is-amazing-how-quickly-mother-nature-can-recover-restoring-ukraines-rich-wetlands-aoe?fbclid=IwAR0NhikZB24lzz8A2FJFPsvXgGtxlpBtGPrr5vSzPAnTsTQm_LjL5LtJ0k4

 

The Salton Sea:

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2015/11/the-airborne-toxic-lake-event/414888/ 

 

A recent paper on stork breeding success in a mosaic landscape in Nepal:

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/336207835_First_assessment_of_factors_affecting_the_breeding_success_of_two_stork_species_in_lowland_Nepal_using_Bayesian_Network_models 

 

AND some good literature on wetlands worldwide:

Darwall, W.R.T, R.A. Holland, K.G. Smith, et al. 2011. Implications of bias in conservation research and investment for freshwater species. Conservation Letters 4: 474-482.

Junk, W.J., S. An, C.M. Finlayson, et al. 2013. Current state of knowledge regarding the world’s wetlands and their future under global climate change: a synthesis. Aquatic Sciences 75: 151-167.

Strayer, D.L. and D. Dudgeon. 2010. Freshwater biodiversity conservation: recent progress and future challenges. Journal of the North American Benthological Society 29: 344-358.

 

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Wetlands, Part 1

In Part 1 of a two-part series, guest host Camden joins Jonah for a discussion on a personal favorite for both of them: the critically essential wetland ecosystem!

Sources & Links:

Read the articles featured in today’s news: Okinawa and the Military Base / A Restored Wetland in Chennai

Learn more about wetlands: https://www.wetlands.org/wetlands/ / https://www.millenniumassessment.org/documents/document.358.aspx.pdf

And some relevant literature we recommend:

Junk, W.J., S. An, C.M. Finlayson, et al. 2013. Current state of knowledge regarding the world’s wetlands and their future under global climate change: a synthesis. Aquatic Sciences 75: 151-167.

Strayer, D.L. and D. Dudgeon. 2010. Freshwater biodiversity conservation: recent progress and future challenges. Journal of the North American Benthological Society 29: 344-358.

 

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This week's episode is Part 2 of a two-part series on the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation. In this installment, Jonah and Mariana discuss the remaining pillars (principles) of the NAM, how they influence management in the U.S., and what challenges they face.

Sources & Links:

Read the article featured in today's news: Traffic Report on Sharks and Rays

And check out The Wildlife Society's Technical Review of the NAM: https://wildlife.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/North-American-model-of-Wildlife-Conservation.pdf

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This week's episode is Part 1 of a two-part series on the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation. The NAM is a series of principles (pillars) which are meant to inform the way we manage wildlife in the U.S. In this episode, Jonah and Mariana discuss the fundamental Public Trust Doctrine, its historical beginnings, the modern challenges it faces, and how it provides the central tenet behind the NAM as its first pillar.

Sources & Links:

Read the articles in today's news update: Murder of Philippine ranger / Indigenous Pueblo loses land claim

And read the Wildlife Society's report on the Public Trust Doctrine: https://wildlife.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/ptd_10-1.pdf

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Rewilding

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

 

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Feral Horses

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

 

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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/

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Ex Situ Conservation

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

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