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May, 2011

Dangers of Toxo Underestimated?: Another Reason for Controlling Feral and Free-roaming Cats

An article by Christof Koch in the latest Scientific American. com suggests that the parasitic protozoa Toxoplasma gondii, which is carried in the guts of cats,  could have human health implications that go beyond its well-known deleterious [...]

Feral Cats and Their Feces Deadly to Marine Mammals

A new National Institutes of Health (NIH) study has determined that toxoplasmosis entering the water from infected cat feces are killing thousands of marine mammals, especially in combination with another parasite, Sarcocystis neurona. Affected marine mammals included California sea [...]

TWS Helps Sponsor Urban Wildlife Conference

The Wildlife Society and its Urban Wildlife Working Group are helping to sponsor the first ever International Urban Wildlife Conference May 22-25 in Austin, TX. The focus of this important meeting is what will happen to wildlife [...]

Rare Rodent Rediscovered on Reserve

Two weeks ago, on May 4th, a mammal that had been unseen for over a century reemerged in Colombia, on the El Dorado Bird Reserve. Simon McKeown and Lizzie Noble, volunteer researchers for the reserve, first [...]

Feral Cats and Rabies: A Deadly Combination

A feral cat who bit city workers in Rhode Island has tested positive for rabies and it is feared that an entire colony of as many as 40 cats may also have the disease. How long will it be before city [...]

Quantifying Ecosystem Services of Restored Tidal Marshes

The Humboldt Institute on the coast of Maine is sponsoring a workshop August 7-13 which will provide hands-on use of different functional assessment tools to evaluate a variety of ecosystem services provided by natural, impaired and [...]

Funding the National Wildlife Refuge System

If we’ve learned any lessons during the past few decades, perhaps the most important is that preservation of our environment is not a partisan challenge; it’s common sense. Our physical health, our social happiness, and our [...]

A Coast-to-Coast Guide to Endangered Species

Have you made your vacation plans for this summer?  The May 15 issue of The New York Times has a great article in the Travel Section on where to view endangered species in North America.  The [...]

America’s WILD READ

Looking for an exciting read this summer? We’ve got something to share with you: America’s WILD READ is a virtual book club meant to engage and inspire people to connect with the outdoors and nature. The [...]

Feral Cats Spread Diseases to Wildlife Even in Remote Areas

A new study reported in the Science Daily and published in the Journal of Wildlife Diseases has confirmed that feral cats are spreading potentially fatal diseases to native wildlife even in remote areas. Researchers working in [...]