Archive for the 'Issues' Category

Bundys vs BLM, Part 2

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

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Bundys vs BLM, Part 1

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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The Volunteering Epidemic

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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Poaching, Part 3

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!

Theme Song: Epic Cinematic by Scott Holmes / https://scottholmesmusic.com 

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Poaching, Part 2

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/

Find us on Facebook and Instagram @ Conservation Chronicles
*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!

Visit the show’s website at www.conservationchronicles.podbean.com

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Poaching, Part 1

In this first episode of a short series, we explore the origins of poaching and the wildlife trade, and discuss the social and economic environments this illicit industry thrives in.

We also introduce a new segment in which Jonah shares a tip on sustainable living! The P word makes an inevitable cameo…plastic…the P word is plastic.

Sources & Links:

To read the article we featured on nighthawk migration:
http://wildlife.org/where-do-nighthawks-spend-the-winter/

To read the article we featured on elephant poaching in Botswana:
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-09-10/botswana-investigates-reports-of-elephant-poaching-near-okavango

To read more about the history of poaching:
http://www.birds.cornell.edu/brp/elephant/conservation/conservhistory.html

And to learn more about CITES:
https://www.cites.org/eng/disc/what.php

Lastly, to see pictures we post for each episode, find us on Facebook and Instagram @ Conservation Chronicles
*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!

Visit the show’s website at conservationchronicles.podbean.com

Theme Song: Epic Cinematic by Scott Holmes / https://scottholmesmusic.com

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Chytrid

We’re back to delving into the heavy topics, with an episode covering the devastating fungal infections Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis and B. salamandrivorans - collectively known as chytrid. Culpable for contributing to the extinction and imperiling of many amphibian species worldwide, chytrid has been called “the worst pathogen in the history of the world” for biodiversity.

Sources & Links:

To read some recent articles on chytrid and those studying it:
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/05/amphibians-decline-frogs-chytrid-fungi-bd-animals-science/
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/some-frogs-may-be-bouncing-back-after-killer-chytrid-fungus
https://www.wired.com/story/some-frogs-may-be-developing-a-resistance-to-the-disastrous-chytrid-fungus/

And to learn more about chytrid and threatened amphibians:
http://www.amphibianark.org/the-crisis/chytrid-fungus/
https://amphibiaweb.org/chytrid/chytridiomycosis.html

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Plastic Planet

In our second episode we dive into one of the most critical issues for the environment today (and the last few decades): plastic pollution. We explore how the problem came to be, where we are now, and what you can do in your everyday life to be part of the solution.

Sources & Links:

One of many articles on the Thailand whale:
https://www.forbes.com/sites/trevornace/2018/06/04/whale-died-of-starvation-after-eating-80-plastic-bags-off-thailands-coast/#7b6df3116c31

McDonald’s rejects plastic proposal:
http://fortune.com/2018/05/24/mcdonalds-shareholders-vote-keep-plastic-straws/

Read more about the Global Programme of Action and the Clean Seas Agreement:
https://www.unenvironment.org/explore-topics/oceans-seas/what-we-do/addressing-land-based-pollution

http://cleanseas.org/

The National Geographic Planet or Plastic Campaign:
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/planetorplastic/

The sea turtle and the plastic straw (Viewer Discretion Advised):
https://youtu.be/4wH878t78bw

The stork in the plastic bag, and other photos:
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2018/06/plastic-planet-animals-wildlife-impact-waste-pollution/

TIME magazine – Throwaway Living:
http://time.com/3879873/throwaway-living-when-tossing-it-all-was-all-the-rage/

The Malaysia Airlines plastic cameo:
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/04/140404-garbage-patch-indian-ocean-debris-malaysian-plane/

The EU and UK race to reduce:
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/may/28/eu-challenges-uk-to-race-to-the-top-on-plastics-reduction

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