Canines, Carnivores, & Conservation
The Western honey bee (Apis mellifera) may be the most important insect for our ecosystem and human population health.
How do dogs help with honey bee conservation?
We know that carnivores are those that eat meat, but have you given much thought to what characteristics they have in common? Or what differences there are between them?
Let’s take a closer look at carnivores by asking, “What Characteristics Do Carnivores Share?”
Border Collies are part of the herding group of dogs. They usually live to be between 12 and 15 years old and weigh between 30 and 55 pounds. These dogs were originally bred over 300 years ago in Scotland to work on farms and handle sheep and other animals between the border of Scotland and England.
Is one right for you?
When you get a dog, you need to plan ahead. Your days are now scheduled with your dog’s needs in mind. Traveling is the same. You need to make a plan when it comes to vacations to ensure your dog is as safe and comfortable as possible. Depending on the circumstances,...
Invasive species are organisms that are not native to a specific environment and cause harm in that environment. These plants, animals, microbes, etc., must cause harm to be considered an invasive species. This harm can be ecological or economic. These species are a major threat to native species because they change habitats, interfere with biodiversity, and can cause the extinction of native species due to competition for resources like food and space.
How Do Invasive Species Spread?
They weigh between 24 and 40 pounds and live to be between 7 and 12 years old. They’re mammals and they live in colder climates in the northern regions of North America, Europe, and Asia.
Meet the wolverine.
Have you seen a dog agility competition before?
It’s a competition where dogs have to run through an obstacle course and are timed while they do it. They have to jump over obstacles, run through tunnels, weave through poles, climb over seesaws, and more! These competitions are really fun to watch, but have you thought of actually training for it with your dog?
Of all the things that negatively affect our environment, plastic seems to have the biggest target on its back. And with good reason – plastic, especially single-use plastic, is one of the largest contributors to pollution in our oceans. 80% of litter in our marine habitats is from plastic, because every year, 8 million tons of it finds its way into the ocean.
These foxes are well equipped to handle any cold weather. They can live in temperatures that plunge as low as -58 degrees Fahrenheit. Their short ears and muzzle, furry paws, and bushy tail are all adaptations that enable them to keep warm.
They are the arctic foxes.
The pandemic has affected many industries. The most obvious ones that we think of are restaurants, theatre, concerts, but there have been other industries that have been completely knocked off course due to the pandemic.
Service dogs and the organizations that train them, are one of them.
Yup, you read that right! Through the Canines Assisting Conservation series, we have discussed how trained dogs assist in the conservation of multiple terrestrial mammals, and now we can add marine mammals to that list as well! Just as on land, scent-seeking dogs...
There are remarkable examples of how wild canids can also assist us with understanding and preserving our environment. Being the most widely distributed canine on Earth, foxes provide us a unique perspective on ecosystem health in differing habitats around the world.
Learn how foxes are helping humans monitor ecosystem health.
Conservation is incredibly important to maintaining our environment’s biodiversity and keeping our wildlife at steady population sizes. This is true for both our wildlife on land and in our oceans. After all, our oceans are our planet’s largest ecosystem. We once thought that the ocean was too big to be impacted by our actions, but in recent years we’ve found out that that is just not true.
Why Do We Need to Conserve Marine Life?
Polar bears are at the top of their food chain. They are also considered marine mammals. These bears weigh hundreds of pounds: females can get up to about 1,000 pounds, while males can weigh significantly more than that.
How does climate change impact their survival?
If you’re thinking of adding a new pet to your family, but already have a pet or two in the house, you’re going to need to prepare for the process of introducing your new pet to your old ones. This process can’t be rushed and it’s important to establish safe and...
When it comes to keeping track of the well-being of species, there are two resources you can look at. You check to see how they’re listed under the Endangered Species Act or look at the IUCN Red List.
You’re already familiar with the ESA, but what about the IUCN?
They stand about 24 inches tall and measure 32-47 inches in length from head to tail. They have long, dense fur that keeps them warm in the winter. Their paws, too, have fur on them which helps them move over snow more easily. The long tufts on their ears help them with their hearing. They also have great eyesight.
They are the Lynx of North America, Europe, and Asia.
Mixed breed dogs are dogs whose genetics are a combination of more than a single breed.1 Purebred is a single breed. For example, a purebred labrador retriever will have a family tree of only labrador retrievers. Meanwhile, a mixed breed dog might have a whole combination of different breeds that make up its genetics.
Is one better than the other?
When we talk about action to help the environment, the words conservation and preservation come to mind. Is there a difference between the two? Nowadays, not really. Conservation and preservation go hand in hand with the goals of environmental organizations. However, when you get down to the specific definitions of these two words, there is an important difference.
Grizzly bears used to have a wide range throughout the United States and much higher numbers. However, these animals require a lot of space to live – they usually occupy about 600 square miles in their territories. Ultimately as humans spread out and built communities throughout the United States, we encroached on their habitats. That, matched with fear, led to a population number of under 1,000 bears (excluding Alaska and Hawaii) by 1975. That’s when the grizzly bear received protection under the Endangered Species Act.
If you’ve been to an airport, a big train station, or at a large public event, you’ve probably seen police officers with K-9 dogs. These dogs help the police maintain safety – both for the officers and for the people around them.
What does it take to be a police dog?
We know that putting in the effort to conserve species is important. We also know that protecting predators has positive effects on their entire ecosystem and the other species that live within it alongside them. Thanks to the Endangered Species Act, the United States has been able to bring back many species that were on the brink of extinction.
But what does recovery actually look like?
Wildlife is usually a step ahead of us when it comes to natural disasters. They can sense things before we can as humans. Hurricanes, flooding, and wildfires are all natural disaster events that pose a threat to our wild animals. This is especially true of animals that have low population numbers – like red wolves in North Carolina.
Seek and destroy canine missions have become a critical component of the war against invasive species around the world. Not only do dogs find these alien invaders once released into our wildlands, but now they also have become a major player in preventing the spread of noxious plants, animals, and even pathogens before they arrive at suitable habitat.