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.
Seals are carnivores that are in the Pinnipedia group – the word pinniped translates from Latin to mean “fin-footed”.1 This Pinnipedia group is divided into three groups:1&2 Odobenidae, which is made up of walruses Otariidae, which consists of fur seals and sea...
This carnivore is one of the largest cats in the world. They come in third place, right behind the tiger and lion. Within the United States, they take first place as the largest cat. Originally, their territory took up from the southern region of the United States down to the northern part of Argentina. However, they’ve lost more than half of their original territory since the late 19th century. Now they can be found mostly in Brazil, within the Amazon rainforest and the Pantanal.
Meet the jaguar.
Black-footed Ferrets are nocturnal and fossorial (living underground) members of the Mustelidae family. They are easily recognized by their black feet, black-tipped tails, and black masks on the face, while the rest of their body is a beige-white color. Black-footed Ferrets are the only species of ferret that’s native to North America.
They’re also one of the most endangered species in North America.
Does your dog start to shake when you pull your coat on and grab your keys? Does he howl as soon as you turn the lock and head toward the car? If so, your dog may have separation anxiety. Separation anxiety is a problem that can make it difficult for you to do what you need to do on a daily basis. However, there are certain ways to tackle this problem.
Piping Plovers are shorebirds that have struggled to increase their numbers due to a variety of threats to their habitat. Originally, they were almost hunted to extinction until 1918 with the creation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Although they made a brief recovery by the middle of the 1920s, their numbers fell again in the 40s because of development.
Do you know what the smallest member of the Canidae family is? Or which fox has unique cat-like qualities?
Find out in Christopher Montero’s classroom discussion on Foxes!
Fleas are annoying for both you and your dog. This is why it’s essential to take the threat of fleas seriously and make sure you have preventative measures in place so that they never become a problem. Dogs can pick up fleas from outside and other animals. Once a flea has decided to make your dog its host, the issue can grow exponentially. One flea can lay a couple of thousand eggs, which hatch within ten days. These get transferred to different surfaces anytime your dog lays down or shakes – which means that fleas aren’t just present on your dog, but everywhere in your home and yard.
Wildlife Telemetry is when scientists place devices on wild animals to track their movements and behaviors. The information gathered from doing this helps us get a better understanding of a species’ behavior, their migratory patterns, where they spend most of their time, etc. This can help us make better decisions regarding their habitat – a good example is whether or not we can thin part of a forest to help against wildfires without hurting a species that lives there.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When talking about recovery actions for species and conservation efforts, you’ve probably heard the term nonessential experimental population thrown around. What does that mean? And more importantly, what does it mean for the species that are labeled with it?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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.”