Keep Wildlife Wild: Don’t Feed the Animals

I was having lunch with several wildlife managers during the 24th International Conference on Bear Research and Management, and asked them, “what is the one conservation message you want to get out to the public?”  And I loved this response from Colleen Olfenbuttel (North Carolina’s bear and furbearer manager): “Keep bears wild.” There are several…

Earth Week 2016: Upgrade Your Yard for Wildlife by Letting it Go

We’re celebrating Earth Week 2016 with suggestions for how to apply the phrase “Earth Day Every Day” to conserving biodiversity. There are a number of great suggestions for things you can do every day to conserve energy and water; but we asked ourselves, what actions can we take to conserve biodiversity? This week we’ll explore:…

Earth Week 2016: Creating Conservation Advocates

We’re celebrating Earth Week 2016 with suggestions for how to apply the phrase “Earth Day Every Day” to conserving biodiversity. There are a number of great suggestions for things you can do every day to conserve energy and water; but we asked ourselves, what actions can we take to conserve biodiversity? This week we’ll explore:…

What We’re Reading- July 10, 2015

Congratulations to SNPits blogger Stephanie for her new paper on raccoon relatedness under different experimental feeding systems. Stephanie and her coauthors found that clumped feeding resulted in shifted home range distributions of raccoons, thereby disrupting natural patterns of relatedness. Mammals tend to have one sex that disperses so that related individuals do not mate with…

Wildlife in the Big City: International Urban Wildlife Conference 2015

This week takes me to Chicago, where I am at the International Urban Wildlife Conference. Here the talks are all focused on the biology of unnatural ecosystems, cities and their surrounding sprawl. When you think of urban wildlife, likely pigeons, rats and raccoons, come to mind, but you be surprised to learn the rich biodiversity…