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October 31, 2014
National Bison Day 2014: America Celebrates a National Icon on November 1st
On social media, bison fans are posting their #BeardsForBison Senate passed bipartisan resolution to officially commemorate National Bison Day Find a Bison Day event near you at www.votebison.org Washington, D.C. – October 31, 2014 – The Vote Bison Coalition is joining bison-friendly businesses, groups and individuals around the country today to celebrate the third annual National Bison Day on Saturday, November 1. More than 19 events are occurring in at least 15 states to celebrate N...
October 30, 2014
Five Rescued Coyote Pups Find Home At the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Queens Zoo
Flushing, N.Y. – Oct. 30, 2014 – The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Queens Zoo is home to five orphaned coyote pups. All were rescued and rehabilitated in Massachusetts. All born in the spring, four pups are female; one is male. Without their mothers to protect and provide food for them, they would not survive in the wild on their own. “The Queens Zoo educates visitors about animals from North and South America,” said Dr. Scott Silver, Director and Curator of the WCS Queens Zoo. “Coyotes range ...
October 06, 2014
Are Montana’s Invasive Fish in for a Shock?
Study finds that electrofishing can be used to target non-native species and may be a viable alternative to non-specific fish toxicant treatments of small streams BOZEMAN (October 6, 2014) – A new paper from the Wildlife Conservation Society, Montana State University, Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks, and the U.S. Geological Survey looks at the feasibility of electrofishing to selectively remove invasive trout species from Montana streams as an alternative to using fish toxicants...
September 25, 2014
Study Identifies Gauntlet of Obstacles Facing Migrating Pronghorn in Greater Yellowstone
Five-year study by Wildlife Conservation Society identifies dense natural gas field developments, highways, and fencing as threats to one of North America’s last great long-distance mammal migrations New York (September 25, 2014)—One of North America’s last remaining long-distance land migrations, better known as the Path of the Pronghorn, is being threatened by a mosaic of natural gas field development, highway traffic, and fencing in the upper Green River Basin, according to the Wildlife Conse...
September 24, 2014
Historic Buffalo Treaty Signed by Tribes and First Nations Along U.S. and Canada Border
Native groups from U.S. and Canada join to support restoration of bison; renew cultural and spiritual ties BOZEMAN, MT (September 24, 2014) – Yesterday afternoon, dignitaries from U.S. Tribes and Canadian First Nations signed a treaty—the first among them in more than 150 years—to establish intertribal alliances for cooperation in the restoration of American buffalo (or bison) on Tribal/First Nations Reserves or co-managed lands within the U.S. and Canada. This historic signing of the “Norther...
September 23, 2014
Dale Miquelle: Saving Tigers in the Russian Far East
NEW YORK (September 23, 2014) – Dale Miquelle, Director for the WCS Russia Program and a leading researcher on Amur (Siberian) tigers, recently sat down with WCS colleagues to share these insights about his work in the Russian Far East. Q: What is your focus in the Russian Far East and can you tell us more about where you are stationed and how long you have been there? DM: I have been in the Russia since 1992. The Siberian tiger is actually misnamed, as it actually occurs almost ex...
September 18, 2014
Senate Passes National Bison Day Resolution
For the second year in a row, Senate designates National Bison Day to celebrate bison’s contributions to our culture, economy and environment Celebration of America’s Largest Land Mammal will be November 1st this year Washington, D.C. – September 18, 2014 – The Vote Bison Coalition today applauded the U.S. Senate’s passage of a resolution to celebrate National Bison Day this year on November 1. The Vote Bison Coalition, comprised of the Inter-Tribal Buffalo Council, National Bison Association,...
September 09, 2014
A Decade of Research Identifies Threats to Adirondack Loons, Provides Guidance on Protection
Studies appear in special issue of Waterbirds Biodiversity Research Institute’s (BRI’s) Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation and the Wildlife Conservation Society’s (WCS’s) Adirondack Program announced today that three new articles summarizing research on Adirondack loons have been published in a special issue of the journal Waterbirds that is dedicated to loon research and conservation in North America. “We are pleased to have our loon research in the Adirondack Park included in this...
September 02, 2014
An Uphill Climb for Mountain Species?
A new paper looks at the issues facing biodiversity throughout the world’s mountain regions, sets agenda for conservation Do we need corridors between “habitat-islands?” BOZEMAN (September 2, 2014) – A recently published paper provides a history of scientific research on mountain ecosystems, looks at the issues threatening wildlife in these systems, and sets an agenda for biodiversity conservation throughout the world’s mountain regions. The paper, “Mountain gloom and mountain glory revisited:...
August 19, 2014
New study confirms widespread elephant slaughter; State and federal ivory bans urged
New York (August 19, 2014) – The following statement was issued by John Calvelli, WCS Executive Vice President of Public Affairs and Director of the 96 Elephants Campaign: “Today’s landmark study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, authored by 96 Elephants partner Save the Elephants and other groups, confirms the widespread slaughter of elephants throughout Africa driven by ivory poaching. These tragic numbers underscore the urgency of banning the ivory trade. Recent WCS res...
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