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The Cornerstone of Community Engagement Within Conservation

The Cornerstone of Community Engagement Within Conservation

By Azzedine T. Downes,  President and CEO, International Fund for Animal Welfare At key moments in any movement, it is important to take a step back and take stock. For those of us actively engaged in the race against extinction, this is one of those moments. I lead the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), […]

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Interview of the Week: Neil Gelinas, National Geographic

Interview of the Week: Neil Gelinas, National Geographic

Neil Gelinas is an award-winning National Geographic documentary filmmaker,  whose most recent work was “Into the Okavango.” ODP: Nature is a beautiful subject, but it cannot talk.  How hard is it to make wildlife documentaries as a result?  NG:  I wouldn’t say I make wildlife documentaries. I make conservation documentaries in which people are the main subjects, […]

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One Big Gulp Thing:  Watch Out Sea Lion!

One Big Gulp Thing: Watch Out Sea Lion!

Off the coast of California on July 22nd, a wildlife photographer Chase Dekker caught a rare moment on film — a humpback whale coming up and “encountering” a sea lion that had been feasting on anchovies.  Talk about wrong place, wrong time!  Dekker shared his incredible photo with The Washington Post and they asked Ari Friedlaender, […]

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Climate Change forcing Species to Migrate, How Will Humans Deal With It?

Climate Change forcing Species to Migrate, How Will Humans Deal With It?

A new study from the University of Florida and the University of Tasmania found that climate change is currently forcing species to migrate from their historic ranges and its leaving communities unprepared for these new species. As the UF blog explained, “scientists predict species will generally move toward the poles or higher elevations as they […]

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Backyard Wildlife Encounters are Increasing, What Can You Do?

Backyard Wildlife Encounters are Increasing, What Can You Do?

Encounters with wildlife are becoming more common in towns and neighborhoods as urbanization increases, yet people are generally unaware of how to handle these encounters which are resulting in an increased risk for both humans and animals. And because of habitat loss to fragmentation, urbanization and expanding agricultural production, suburban and urban spaces are becoming […]

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How to Save Local Wildlife this Pool Season

How to Save Local Wildlife this Pool Season

By Madison Pravecek We are well past Memorial Day which means one thing for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere: pool season! While you may be really excited to use your personal or community pool, for many small animals pools can be quite treacherous. When frogs, chipmunks, salamanders, insects, or other animals enter a […]

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One Wild Kingdom Thing: A Tribute To Jim Fowler

One Wild Kingdom Thing: A Tribute To Jim Fowler

Last week, the man who introduced the baby boomer generation (and their parents) to the “Wild Kingdom” of animals and nature, JIm Fowler, passed away at the age of 89.  For more than 20 years, the show he co-hosted with Marlon Perkins, brought the “wonders of the natural world to millions of couch-bound Americans, mixing […]

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One stunning thing: NatGeo’s Photos of Life on Earth

One stunning thing: NatGeo’s Photos of Life on Earth

As we close out Earth Week we wanted to leave you with a reminder of what we’re fighting for when we work to save our planet. Take a look at NatGeo’s stunning roundup of 50 photos that depict life on Earth. We were particularly fond of #12 above. NatGeo’s photos allow us to experience and […]

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One Wild Thing: UN Youth Art Contest Winner

One Wild Thing: UN Youth Art Contest Winner

Valerie Dou, 17, of the United States is the winner of the United Nation’s 2019 International Youth Art Contest. The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) sponsored the contest in collaboration with the United Nations Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) and United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in celebration of World Wildlife Day […]

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Found!  Fernandina Tortoise Is Not Extinct After All

Found! Fernandina Tortoise Is Not Extinct After All

A team of explorers on the Galápagos Island of Fernandina last week discovered a female giant tortoise from a species thought to have gone extinct in 1906.  The expedition was led by biologist Forrest Galante for Animal Planet’s series “Extinct or Alive” which seeks to find “extinct” animals by searching for them in locations where a given species could have found refuge to remain alive. 

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Learning to Live With Coyotes in the City

Learning to Live With Coyotes in the City

Researchers from Utah State University in 2016 surveyed wildlife officials in 105 urban areas around the country and they found that 96 of the cities have coyotes in their midst.  Conflicts between humans and coyotes are rising in large urban areas across the country, and particularly in the West.  But those conflicts are not what you would expect.  Some urban areas hold “contests” in which hunters are allowed to “clean out” an area of its coyotes, and others allow trapping and/or poisoning them. 

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Protests Against Drilling in ANWR Dominate Public Meeting

Protests Against Drilling in ANWR Dominate Public Meeting

Last week, the Interior Department held a public meeting in Fairbanks to hear their comments and concerns about plans to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling.  The agency brought scientists who were there to explain the environmental impact of the project and then take testimony from members of the public. 

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