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.

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How do dogs help with Eurasian oystercatcher conservation? 

How do dogs help with Eurasian oystercatcher conservation? 

Coastal wetlands are important habitats for many bird species.  Additionally, these marshes filter sediment from waterways and absorb floodwaters, both of which are major benefits to humans living near the coast.  Unfortunately, industrial and residential development threatens coastal wetlands around the world.  Rising seas caused by climate warming add yet another stress upon these important ecosystems. 

Canine Deep Dive: Golden Retrievers

Canine Deep Dive: Golden Retrievers

These dogs were originally bred for retrieving for hunters. This history means they are the kind of dog that loves having a job to do and needs a decent amount of exercise to keep them happy. Walking, jogging, fetch, or dog sports like agility will keep them happy and focused.

They are Golden Retrievers.

What is Carrying Capacity?

What is Carrying Capacity?

It’s the balance between wildlife and the resources their habitats provide. It is defined as, “the average population density…of a species below which its numbers tend to increase and above which its numbers tend to decrease because of shortages of resources.”

And it’s balance is essential to healthy ecosystems.

Let’s Chat About Sea Lions!

Let’s Chat About Sea Lions!

California Sea Lions are classified as of Least Concern, according to the IUCN, with a population trend that’s increasing. Threats to these sea lions are orcas, great white sharks, and human activity.

Why Are Pit Bulls Considered Bad?

Why Are Pit Bulls Considered Bad?

Pit bulls have a bad reputation that they constantly need to try to disprove. Many people think that pit bulls are always aggressive dogs that need to be avoided at all costs. However, studies have shown that pit bulls have stable temperaments and many pit bull owners have found that their dogs are loving, affectionate, energetic members of the family.

How Important Are Mussels to Their Environment?

How Important Are Mussels to Their Environment?

Mussels are very important invertebrates that provide tremendous benefits to their environments. However, many of them face threats and are protected by the Endangered Species Act. Mussels are important because they filter the water they’re in. They improve water quality and provide food for other animals in the rivers they live in. They also are a good indicator if something is going wrong in their waters.

Check Out Long-Billed Curlews!

Check Out Long-Billed Curlews!

Long-Billed Curlews are the largest members of the sandpiper family and are rare birds. A lot of their ideal breeding habitat has been lost and although they were once hunted, their populations are currently steady.

How Important is Dental Hygiene for Your Dog?

How Important is Dental Hygiene for Your Dog?

Dogs are at risk for periodontal disease. Most dogs will have early signs of it by the time they are three years old. Without treatment, things can get worse and affect their kidneys, liver, and heart.

Canine Deep Dive: German Shepherds

Canine Deep Dive: German Shepherds

They’re known for their loyalty, confidence, and intelligence. They love reward-based training and starting training and socialization early is integral for their success. They are the German Shepherd breed and this is their Deep Dive.

Monarch Butterflies Have Declined 90%

Monarch Butterflies Have Declined 90%

In a few weeks, it will be the start of the monarch butterfly’s migration.1 Millions of monarch butterflies make a 3,000-mile journey to Mexico – this migration takes several generations, as adult monarchs only live a few weeks. Monarchs need places to rest and eat and lay their eggs along this journey – and that’s where they’re having trouble. Habitat loss and fragmentation, climate change, and the destruction of milkweed in many areas has caused a 90% decline in monarch butterfly populations over the past few decades

Do you know about these other canids?

Do you know about these other canids?

You’ve heard a lot about different members of the Canidae family, like wolves, foxes, and coyotes. But there are many others in this family that you may not be as familiar with. Let’s check out three of them – the Maned Wolf, the Dhole, and the Sechuran Fox! 

How do dogs help with Hawaiian duck conservation?

How do dogs help with Hawaiian duck conservation?

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...

How do dogs help with blunt-nosed leopard lizard conservation?

How do dogs help with blunt-nosed leopard lizard conservation?

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. 

Which Dogs Are the Most Allergy-Friendly?

Which Dogs Are the Most Allergy-Friendly?

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.

What are the Benefits of Reforestation?

What are the Benefits of Reforestation?

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.”

A Raccoon’s Sense of Touch is Better Than Other Animals

A Raccoon’s Sense of Touch is Better Than Other Animals

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.

How to Decide on a Leash for Your Dog

How to Decide on a Leash for Your Dog

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?

A Hurt Dog in the Backcountry: Coordinating a Four-pawed Rescue

A Hurt Dog in the Backcountry: Coordinating a Four-pawed Rescue

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.

Why do wolves look so big in hunting photos?

Why do wolves look so big in hunting photos?

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?

Keep Your Dog Safe in the Summer Heat

Keep Your Dog Safe in the Summer Heat

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 Bear Conservation

Grizzly Bear Conservation

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...

Let’s Talk About Martens

Let’s Talk About Martens

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.

Does Your Dog Need to be Vaccinated?

Does Your Dog Need to be Vaccinated?

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...

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By The Wolf Education and Research Center

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW AS YOU START YOUR BIOLOGY CAREER
By Biologist Jeremy Heft of the Wolf Education and Research Center

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