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Camera Traps in Trees? That’s a Thing Now

A team of researchers says that combining standard camera trapping with new “arboreal camera traps,” where remote cameras are set high in trees, can result in more accurate population estimates of wildlife – particularly in hard-to-survey areas like tropical forests.

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WCS Partners with Ecosia to Plant 900,000 Trees in Tanzania
WCS and the non-profit search engine Ecosia announced today a massive effort to replant some 900,000 trees in degraded landscapes in Tanzania. 
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World Wildlife Day Remarks by WCS President and CEO Cristián Samper

The following are excerpts of remarks given today by WCS President and CEO Cristián Samper at the Celebration of World Wildlife Day 2020, on the theme of “Sustaining all life on earth.”

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WCS Climate Adaptation Fund Announces Request for Proposals for Nature-Based Climate Adaptation Projects
Through its Climate Adaptation Fund, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is soliciting proposals from nonprofit conservation organizations implementing new methods that help wildlife adapt to the rapidly-shifting environmental conditions brought about by climate change. 
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Current Strategic Plan for Biodiversity is Failing, Scientist Says in Journal Nature

Prioritizing and tracking the protection of countries’ ecosystems – from wetlands to reefs to forests and more – is critical to protecting Earth’s biodiversity.

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New Penguin Colony Discovered
Just in time for Penguin Awareness Day on January 20th, WCS researchers announced the discovery of a new colony of Magellanic penguins (Spheniscus magellanicus) on a remote island in Argentina.
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Study: Wild Tigers Struggle with Work/Life Balance

Scientists track a tigress in Russian Far East and learn there is lots of running around, wolfing down big meals, and then back home to watch the kids.

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WCS and Partners in City Nature Challenge Contest Receive Urban Intervention Program Award
WCS’s Bolivia Program and the Institute of Ecology have won an Urban Intervention Program Award, a prestigious honor with national recognition for their online efforts to connect the country’s urban population with nature, specifically by enlisting residents of La Paz in research and conservation actions important for urban wildlife habitats and diversity.
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CARBON BOMB: Study in Journal Science Advances Says Climate Impact from Loss of Intact Tropical Forests Grossly Underreported

A new study in the journal Science Advances says that carbon impacts from the loss of intact tropical forests has been grossly underreported.

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WCS’s Dr. Rob Wallace Receives IUCN’s Kenton Miller Award For Innovative Strategies to Protect Latin America’s Biodiversity (English and Spanish)

WCS’s Dr. Rob Wallace, based in La Paz, Bolivia, has been honored by the IUCN for his more than 20 years of innovative conservation and science to protect Latin America’s biodiversity.

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