Canines, Carnivores, & Conservation
CANINES. They are humankind’s oldest friends. They enrich our lives in so many ways. Understanding them provides insight into how to care for their emotional and physical health as well as linking us profoundly to their ancestry — the wolf. Join our team in a study of Canines, their history, behaviors, and even tips to give them the best life possible. That’s simply what a best friend does.
CARNIVORES. Carnivores are often mythified in a variety of ways, mostly as dangerous creatures of lore and legend. Wolves, bears, large cats, and other carnivores play essential roles in the self-management of healthy ecosystems and wildernesses. Join our team as we delve into what makes these animals unique and a great partner to humankind as we work to manage our wild places.
CONSERVATION. Learning about carnivores can be fascinating, however, without the stewardship by humans, the landscape could be profoundly and dangerously altered. Join our team as we discuss the very recent brief history of conservation of apex predators, the factors that led to threats to their survival, and steps taken to protect their future.
As we have covered in previous editions of Canines Assisting Conservation, the Hawaiian Islands' paradise of biodiversity is under attack from multiple threats. The native waterfowl of the islands have been struggling against invasive predators and habitat...
A large lizard species hangs on for survival among the often-sizzling desert and shrublands in San Joaquin Valley of California. In addition to the usual threats of expanding human development and pollution, these endangered reptiles are also facing significant challenges caused by climate warming.
Do you love dogs but are allergic to them? Or do you know someone who is? About 10% of people are allergic to dogs, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. These allergies are to proteins found in fur, saliva, urine, and dander.
Forests are incredibly important for the planet. Many of them get destroyed due to agricultural use, land development, and forest fires. To help maintain forests and bring them back, reforestation is a goal of many departments and organizations. According to American University, reforestation is defined as, “planting trees or allowing trees to regrow on land that had recently been covered with forest.”
In the wild, these animals prefer forests, wetlands, and places near water sources. However, because of their adaptability, they’ve found ways to thrive in major cities and suburbs. They are opportunistic eaters and will go after animals like crabs, frogs, and insects, but also enjoy fruit and nuts. They also will happily eat what they find in the garbage we throw out and any pet food they may find.
If you’re new to owning a dog, navigating all the new information can be overwhelming. Especially when it comes to leashes – there are so many materials and lengths and types, how do you know which one to get?
Kinga Philipps is no stranger to outdoor adventures. In fact, it’s her whole life. The writer, producer and television journalist has spent the past 20 years traveling the globe, diving, spearfishing, surfing, swimming with sharks, kitesurfing, bungee jumping, free diving and mountain biking — just to name a few.
If you’ve ever come across a hunting trophy photo of a wolf before, you may have been struck by how big it looked in the photo. Compared to the hunter, the wolf looks huge! Much bigger than it should, given the size it actually is. Why is that?
With summer comes fun pool days, beach days, and barbecues. However, with these summer activities also comes very hot weather. Especially with the soaring temperatures we’ve seen out west in the United States, it’s even more important to know how to take care of your dog and prevent heatstroke.
Grizzly bears once held a lot more range throughout the United States and Canada than they do now. Currently, besides Alaska, grizzly bears’ range has shrunk 99%.1They are currently listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. They were originally listed in...
American martens are found in places like Newfoundland, Alaska, California, New York, Minnesota, and Maine. They particularly like to live in mature forests. These forests provide the perfect habitat for their homes as well as give them access to their favorite prey. In Minnesota, they had almost disappeared due to logging taking away their habitat. However, the Department of Natural Resources managed to help them make a comeback by 1990.
Going to the vet is an important part of owning a dog. Vet visits will keep your dog happy and healthy. An important part of these visits is getting your dog vaccinated when needed. There are several illnesses that could put your dog at risk of getting severely sick...
The Frozen Zoo was mentioned in our email on maintaining genetic diversity, which you can read here if you missed it. However, the work at the Frozen Zoo goes beyond maintaining or improving genetic diversity and represents how technological advances can help with conservation efforts.
Ocelots are carnivores and have great adaptations to eat rabbits, fish, frogs, birds, monkeys, and more. They have pointed fangs and sharp back teeth. Their teeth aren’t made for chewing, but for killing and tearing. So instead of chewing their food, they’ll just rip pieces off and swallow the pieces whole.1 In turn, predators to the ocelot are big cats, snakes like anacondas, and harpy eagles.
Dogs have been close companions to humans for a long time, and when we look at the history of certain breeds, we can usually see when they were brought over to a specific place – like when corgis were brought over to Wales – or when they were developed. With so many dog breeds out there, have you ever wondered about the history of dog breeding?
One sea turtle species, the Kemp’s ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys kempii) has experienced a massive decline in population since the 1940s and efforts are now underway to preserve critical nesting habitat before extinction occurs.
You’re probably familiar with skunks because of the odor they leave behind after facing off with a predator. What else do you know about them? These animals were originally classified as part of the Mustelidae family – that of weasels – but eventually they were reclassified into a family of their own, called Mephitidae. There are 11 species of skunk and 5 live within the United States.
One of the toughest parts of being a pet parent is figuring out what your pet can and can’t eat. Many dogs love human food and will wait patiently beside the kitchen table, hoping for a treat. But they can’t eat all the same things that we can. So what can they and can’t they have?
Modern science now incorporates canines into many different facets of conservation. From searching for subterranean water pollution to guarding threatened penguin colonies, dogs now have a paw in many important projects to improve our planet.
Otters are found everywhere except for Australia and Antarctica.1 They are part of the Mustelidae family and are the only members of the family that are serious swimmers. There are thirteen species of otter, and the United States is home to two of them.
Hidden within the vast jungles and waterways of Central and South America lives one of the rarest and threatened canines on Earth. In an ironic twist, the most abundant canine on the planet is now helping biologists seek out this elusive small carnivore to save the remaining population before extinction. But first, what exactly is a bush dog?
One of the biggest environments that is the focus of many conservation efforts is the ocean. We spoke before about how plastics are affecting the ocean (if you missed it, you can read about it here), but what else affects the health of our marine ecosystems?
During World War II, the US military was seeking ways to ensure a backup emergency food supply was available to personnel stationed in Hawaii. One of the potential food sources investigated was the Giant African land snail (Achatina fulica), a large pulmonate (air-breathing) gastropod native to East Africa. Measuring up to 2.8 inches high and nearly 8 inches long, this huge snail is commonly used in diets and medicinal practices around the world. Unfortunately, the popularity of this species has now made it the most invasive snail in the world, causing agricultural and ecological devastation globally.
Keeping endemic species around is important. Many of them are endangered due to habitat loss and other human actions. They’re important to save not just because they’re unique to a particular area, but because they are important to maintaining biodiversity, too.