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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/ 

We’d love to hear from you! Send any questions or comments to conservationchronicles@gmail.com, and find us on Facebook & Instagram @ Conservation Chronicles. Lastly, our show’s webpage can be found at conservationchronicles.podbean.com.

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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.

 

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Lifelong Learning

We're returning from a short hiatus to share some stories from the field and laugh a little over what we’ve learned from our misadventures. Mud pits, questionable plants, and poetry are involved.

Sources & Links:

See what a rufous-capped warbler looks like:
https://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/rufous-capped-warbler

Decide for yourself if you’d put a jack-in-the-pulpit in your mouth (don’t do it):
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arisaema_triphyllum

And learn more about the incomparable Neil Rettig:
http://www.neilrettigproductions.com/

~
Leonard by Jonah Gula
My world is large.
I cross continents and waters,
By land and by sky.
I see mountains and forests,
The rivers, the seas.
Yet I know not these lands.
For they are deep,
Deeper than a thousand years can reveal.

And there is Leonard,
Just a blip on a map.
His twitches and brooks,
The ponds, the stands.
His corners are mapped
In my mind, so I think.
But he is deep,
Deeper than a thousand years can reveal.

Then I zoom.
Zoom to the flow
Where beavers keep work.
The engineer and his home,
His pond, his dam.
But it is deep,
Deeper than a thousand years can reveal.

Who inhabits the flow?
More than I see
Make their home up the dam.
There are otters and turtles,
The dragons, the trout.
And that is deep,
Deep as I’ll go in a thousand years.

On the shores of the pond
Are the softwoods inmixed.
Riches and wonders
I supposedly see.
The moose and the bear,
No midges, no ants.
I feel the depth,
And for a thousand years search.

Wait! So easy to miss
Are Leonard’s ditches and pools.
My wheel will destroy
What I’m too blind to see.
Here live leopards and snappers,
The pupa, the swallowtails.
There seems no depth,
So a thousand years, wasted.

Leonard’s a friend,
I believe when I leave.
But a friend with great secrets,
Is hardly a friend.
For what of his ponds and shores,
The ditches, the pools
Can I ever know in a thousand years?
~

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Welcome & Introductions

Welcome to Conservation Chronicles, a new podcast covering the human-wildlife interface. In this first episode, we tell you a little about ourselves and cover a story about a museum collection and an unjustly labeled bird murderer.

Sources & Links:

Read the main article we reference in Dr. Filardi’s story:

The Ornithologist the Internet Called a Murderer (New York Times)
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/15/opinion/sunday/moustached-kingfisher-internet-harassment.html?smid=fb-nytimes&smtyp=cur

 

Read Dr. Filardi’s response to the controversy:

Why I Collected a Moustached Kingfisher (Audubon)
https://www.audubon.org/news/why-i-collected-moustached-kingfisher

 

For more on our DDT reference, and museum collections, according to the experts:

Eggshells, DDT, Collections, and Study Design (The Field Museum)
https://www.fieldmuseum.org/blog/eggshells-ddt-collections-and-study-design

 

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