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Metal, Oil, and Pesticides Threaten Our Oceans

Metal, Oil, and Pesticides Threaten Our Oceans

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?

How Do Dogs Help With Hawaiian Snail Conservation? 

How Do Dogs Help With Hawaiian Snail Conservation? 

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. 

Why Endemic Species Are Important

Why Endemic Species Are Important

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.

Coyotes Are Incredibly Adaptable

Coyotes Are Incredibly Adaptable

Coyotes are in the same family as wolves, the Canidae family. These canids may look similar to wolves at first glance, but they have some significant differences. They are smaller in size and have thinner features than wolves do, like their ears and their muzzle.

These animals are known for their adaptability. 

How Do Dogs Help With Desert Tortoise Conservation?

How Do Dogs Help With Desert Tortoise Conservation?

Although the Mojave Desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii) outlived the dinosaurs, can live in deserts reaching 140 F, go an entire year without a drink, and must enter dormancy for most of the year to survive, these ancient reptiles are still struggling to overcome new threats of human disturbances and climate change.

How Technology Helps Conservation Efforts

How Technology Helps Conservation Efforts

Conservation requires a lot of time, work, and money. A lot of time is spent tracking and studying species and their habitats so that we know how they’re being affected by our own actions as humans, by poaching, by global warming, and to get more data to make better-educated decisions on how to help our environment.

Luckily, as technology advances, we’re able to gather more information easily.

Scientists Urge Restoration Of Federal Gray Wolf Protections

Scientists Urge Restoration Of Federal Gray Wolf Protections

A group of scientists urged the Biden administration Thursday to restore legal protections for gray wolves, saying their removal earlier this year was premature and that states are allowing too many of the animals to be killed.

Why Are Some Carnivores Solitary?

Why Are Some Carnivores Solitary?

Did you know that lions are the only social big cats? Besides mothers with their offspring, other cats are solitary. Why is that? Why are some carnivores solitary and others more social?

How Do Dogs Help With Black-Footed Ferret Conservation?

How Do Dogs Help With Black-Footed Ferret Conservation?

Conservation canines are also working to help the most endangered mammal overcome their pandemic plague.  Dogs may just be the key to the third resurrection of the Black-footed ferret species and their continued survival.

Maintaining Genetic Diversity in Conservation

Maintaining Genetic Diversity in Conservation

Genetic diversity is incredibly important when it comes to conserving species. Just like how an ecosystem can’t function as well as it should without system-wide biodiversity, animals specifically need genetic diversity to avoid an increased risk of extinction. Due to...

How Do Carnivores Hunt?

How Do Carnivores Hunt?

We know that carnivores have a lot in common – things like sharper teeth and simpler digestive systems – but have you thought about how they hunt? Let’s take a look at a few different carnivores and see how they use their predatory skills and adaptations to take down prey.

How Do Dogs Help With Penguin Conservation?

How Do Dogs Help With Penguin Conservation?

Around the world, guard dogs protect livestock, property, people, and even elephants.  Did you know they are instrumental in protecting penguins? For most of our discussions on how our four-legged friends are aiding in the conservation of imperiled species around the...

How Do Dogs Help With Honey Bee Conservation?

How Do Dogs Help With Honey Bee 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?

What Characteristics Do Carnivores Share?

What Characteristics Do Carnivores Share?

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?”

Canine Deep Dive: Border Collies

Canine Deep Dive: Border Collies

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?

How to Travel Safely with Your Dog

How to Travel Safely with Your Dog

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,...

Why Are Invasive Species Such a Problem?

Why Are Invasive Species Such a Problem?

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?

Is Agility Training Good for Your Dog?

Is Agility Training Good for Your Dog?

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? 

What’s the Biggest Polluter of Our Oceans?

What’s the Biggest Polluter of Our Oceans?

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.

The Cold? Not a Problem for Arctic Foxes

The Cold? Not a Problem for Arctic Foxes

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.

Service Dogs Were Impacted by the Pandemic

Service Dogs Were Impacted by the Pandemic

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.

How Do Dogs Help With Whale Conservation? 

How Do Dogs Help With Whale Conservation? 

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...

How Do Foxes Help With Monitoring Ecosystem Health? 

How Do Foxes Help With Monitoring Ecosystem Health? 

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.

THE SECRET IMPACT OF WOLVES THAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
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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