April, 2009

USGS Public Lecture Series

USGS has launched a new Public Lecture Series entitled “Science in Action.” USGS scientists lecture on topics in their area of expertise the first Wednesday of each month. Lectures are held at the USGS Headquarters building [...]

Dolphin Bubbles

The attached YouTube video shows some incredible behavior by captive dolphins at SeaWorld. Little is known about the play behavior of wild dolphins, so observations of captive animals are useful in understanding the full range of behavioral [...]

Stimulus Money for Wildlife Refuges

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said the nation’s wildlife refuges and fish hatcheries will receive $280 million in stimulus funds. The announcement is the latest in a series about federal spending that will be managed by the [...]

Too Many Deer Among Us

Today’s Washington Post carried yet another in a long list of stories about burgeoning white-tailed deer populations in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area.  This is hardly new news to me or other wildlife professionals.  Sometimes when I arrive home [...]

Disney Nature’s New Film: Earth

Yesterday, on Earth Day, April 22, I was invited to attend the Washington, DC premier of Disney Nature’s new documentary film, Earth.  I would recommend this movie to anyone who has even the slightest interest in nature, [...]

New Study Shows Widespread and Substantial Declines in Wildlife in Kenya’s Masai Mara

Populations of major wild grazing animals that are the heart and soul of Kenya’s cherished and heavily visited Masai Mara National Reserve—including giraffes, hartebeest, impala, and warthogs—have “decreased substantially” in only 15 years as they compete [...]

Earth Day 2009: What Are We Celebrating?

Earth Day 2009 will occur tomorrow, 22 April.  According to the U.S. government’s Earthday.gov website, “Earth Day is a time to celebrate gains we have made and create new visions to accelerate environmental progress. Earth Day [...]

The April Edition of The Wildlifer

Great news, The Wildlifer has gone from a quarterly to a monthly.  Check out the April Edition of The Wildlifer here.  Included in this issue is a column by Michael Hutchins on social networking in the [...]

Why Should Students Attend the TWS Annual Conference?

The Wildlife Society’s Annual Conference provides an excellent opportunity for students to make connections and expand their professional horizons. Those who attend the conference gain valuable tools and information, potential leads on jobs in their chosen [...]

Renewable Energy and Wildlife: Are They Compatible?

Today’s Washington Post contained an article on the possible negative impacts of solar and wind power development on wildlife.  The Wildlife Society (TWS) has been on top of this issue from the beginning, as evidenced by its recent award-winning technical review on the potential [...]