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While big game animals are mostly thriving, O’Mara said, “About a third of all wildlife species are in trouble. … The challenge has been to tell this story systematically to inspire the American people to speak up.”
He called for a plan to improve wildlife habitat, boost federal funding and connect more Americans with wildlife, urging conference participants to “do our part and stand as tall as the giants that came before,” including respected conservationists Aldo Leopold, Ding Darling and Theodore Roosevelt.
The message can unite conservatives and liberals, O’Mara said, if conservationists can tell the story in a way that reverberates with people. He pointed to Darling, whose cartoons and artwork made a compelling case for wildlife conservation.
Birds at greater risk of hitting windows in rural areas
Nearly 1 billion birds in North America are estimated to die annually from striking windows or building exteriors, and researchers conducting a recent comprehensive study of the phenomenon found the threat is greater for birds in rural areas than it is for urban birds.
“If you take the same building and put it in a very urbanized area, the number of window collisions we found was lower,” said Stephen Hager, a biology professor at Augustana College in Illinois and lead author of the study published in Biological Conservation.
For more information: http://wildlife.org/birds-at-greater-risk-of-hitting-windows-in-rural-areas
Court upholds decision on Great Lakes gray wolf population
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld a lower court decision on Aug. 1, causing federal protections to continue for gray wolves in the western Great Lakes region. The Court’s ruling voided a 2011 rule issued by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to delist gray wolves ( Canis lupus) in the western Great Lakes region due to recovery of the population.
For more information: http://wildlife.org/court-upholds-decision-on-great-lakes-gray-wolf-population
USFWS releases report on national wildlife related recreation
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has released the preliminary report of the 2016 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation . The survey — which has been produced every five years since 1955 — is designed to collect and report information on wildlife related recreation activities participated in by individuals 16 and older. In the time since this survey began, it has become one of the most important sources of information on fish and wildlife recreation in the United States.
For more information: http://wildlife.org/usfws-releases-report-on-national-wildlife-related-recreation
For Full Report: https://wsfrprograms.fws.gov/Subpages/NationalSurvey/nat_survey2016.pdf
DEC Confirms Emerald Ash Borer in Northern New York
First Time Invasive Pest Found in Franklin and St. Lawrence Counties
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today announced that invasive pest emerald ash borer (EAB) has been found and confirmed for the first time in Franklin and St. Lawrence counties. DEC captured the insects in monitoring traps at the two locations.
For more information: http://www.dec.ny.gov/press/111380.html
How can businesses be involved in conservation?
Corporations and conservationists aren’t always on the same side, but green infrastructure is one area where they can find common ground, said speakers at Wednesday’s keynote at The Wildlife Society’s 24 th Annual Conference in Albuquerque, N.M.
From Katrina to Sandy to Harvey, they noted, hurricanes have shown that natural landscapes can be more resilient than manmade infrastructure, but undertaking those natural infrastructure projects isn’t always easy.
The presentation, “Business Fundamentals for Restoring Natural Infrastructure,” sponsored by Caterpillar Inc., brought together leaders from Ducks Unlimited, The Nature Conservancy and Caterpillar to discuss the importance of these partnerships to build green infrastructure, benefiting communities, wildlife and business.
Wildlife Society Publishes Fact Sheet on the Problem of Feral Cats