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Biodiversity

Friday, October 10th, 2014

DataONE Provide Collaborative Research and Mapping for Bird Species Diversity

As with the proverbial canary in a coal mine, birds are often a strong indicator of environmental health. However, over the past 40 years, many species have experienced their own environmental crisis due to habitat loss and climate change, among other factors. To fully understand bird distribution relative to environment requires extensive data beyond those

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

The 2014 Living Planet Report Records Serious Declines in Biodiversity

GLAND, Switzerland, Sept. 29, 2014—Global wildlife populations have declined by more than half in just 40 years as measured in WWF’s Living Planet Report 2014. Wildlife’s continued decline highlights the need for sustainable solutions to heal the planet, according to the report released today. The Living Planet Report 2014 also shows Ecological Footprint – a

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

DOI Announces $35 Million in Grants to Boost State Endangered Species Conservation Efforts

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe today announced nearly $35 million in grants to 20 states to enable collaborative efforts to conserve many of America’s imperiled species, ranging from the red cockaded woodpecker in the Southeast to a variety of bat species in the Midwest to

Friday, August 29th, 2014

Biodiversity Research Proves the Value of Protected Areas

Protected areas conserve biodiversity and more action is needed to ensure safeguards are in place to protect these areas, researchers say.Published in PLOS ONE, researchers from Monash University, Stellenbosch University and the University of Exeter, used meta-analysis – combining results from different studies – to look at the past 30 years of research into these areas, to determine

Monday, August 25th, 2014

NSF Continues Funding for Advancing Digitzation of Biodiversity Collections

The National Science Foundation has awarded six grants totaling about $7.5 million to digitize biodiversity collections, a nationwide effort coordinated by the iDigBio program based at the University of Florida. The research is critical to understanding our planet and how changes in biological diversity affect human societies. The funding will shed light on “dark data,”

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

UBC Student Uses Satellite Data for Elephant Conservation Effort

UBC PhD candidate Jake Wall has adapted satellite tracking technology to help protect endangered African elephants. Wall’s research looks into elephant needs of food, space, connectivity with the environment, security and water. According to Wall, his research, and that of the Save the Elephants organization which he works with in Kenya “focuses on the movement

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Duck Migration Study Reveals Importance of Conserving Wetlands

During the 2011 and 2012 migration seasons, University of Missouri researchers monitored mallard ducks with new remote satellite tracking technology, marking the first time ducks have been tracked closely during the entirety of their migration from Canada to the American Midwest and back.  The research revealed that mallards use public and private wetland conservation areas

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Observing Polar Bears from Space

Monitoring wildlife in the Arctic is difficult. Study areas are cold, barren and often inaccessible. For decades scientists have struggled to study animals, like polar bears, which live in these remote areas. Now researchers at the U.S. Geological Survey have begun testing a new, yet counterintuitive solution – rather then get close to the animals,

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

‘Lifemapper’ Predicts Where Climate Could Send Creatures

Since the 19th century, scientists have brought voucher specimens back from the field. Most now sit in research institutions around the world “dried, mounted, pickled, preserved, frozen, and stuffed,” according to the creators of Lifemapper, an online species-distribution tool.

Monday, July 7th, 2014

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Launches Greater Sage-grouse Website

The unprecedented effort to conserve greater sage-grouse and sagebrush habitat is a complicated process that encompasses 11 states, six federal agencies and numerous non-governmental groups. To help journalists, stakeholders and the interested public stay informed about this effort, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has built a new greater sage-grouse website and assigned three public

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