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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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.

What Does Marine Conservation Look Like?

What Does Marine Conservation Look Like?

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?

How Does Climate Change Affect Polar Bears?

How Does Climate Change Affect Polar Bears?

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?

How to Introduce Your Dog to Other Pets

How to Introduce Your Dog to Other Pets

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...

What is the IUCN Red List?

What is the IUCN Red List?

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?

Lynxes: What You Need To Know About These Elusive Cats

Lynxes: What You Need To Know About These Elusive Cats

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.

Purebred Dogs vs. Mixed Breeds: What’s Better?

Purebred Dogs vs. Mixed Breeds: What’s Better?

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?

Are Conservation and Preservation Different?

Are Conservation and Preservation Different?

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. 

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By The Wolf Education and Research Center

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