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Collateral Damage in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem: Unintended Consequences of an Elk Feeding Program

It was the mid-1990s, and my boyfriend and I were in the midst of a cross-country drive on our way back to college.  We stopped for a spell in the picturesque community of Kelly, Wyoming, our jumping-off point for a short backpacking trip in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.  I was excited—it was my first time…

Biodiversity Hotspot in the ‘Burbs?

Lauren Bailey – Society for Conservation Biology Three years ago I moved with my family to Arlington, Virginia, minutes outside of the nation’s capital.  I can see Reagan National Airport from my front yard, the Washington Monument looms in the not-too-far distance, and a major boulevard is only a block from my house. And yet,…

Five years after Deepwater Horizon

By Kat Diersen, The Society for Conservation Biology’s North America Policy Program Five years ago today, just before dawn, I was kneeling in the pristine white sand of a beach in the Florida panhandle, digging up a loggerhead sea turtle nest.  Normally this sort of thing is discouraged. After all, most sea turtles are protected…

In Pursuit of Illegal Loggers in India

In India in a rural area along the border with Bangladesh, Tripp Burwell, member of the Society for Conservation Biology, was helping local villagers learn about forest conservation when they heard the sounds of illegal loggers at work. Pursuit of the poachers resulted in an opportunity to apprehend and talk with the interlopers from a neighboring…

Salamanders Are Pretty Awesome…But They may Be in big Trouble

By Doug Parsons, North America Policy Director, Society for Conservation Biology

On recent visit with my two young sons to the National Zoo here in Washington, D.C., I pleaded with them to make a quick detour to look at the pandas. My 11-year-old scoffed, and made a beeline for the Blink and you Miss It exhibit for the Japanese giant salamanders. Slimy, small and cold-blooded as they are, salamanders don’t always evoke the same “warm and fuzzy” response from many zoo-goers as the larger and more charismatic mammal species.

Saving the African Elephant: A Call to Spiritual Responsibility

The Society for Conservation Biology’s Religion and Conservation Research Collaborative released a statement last week calling upon the world’s religious leaders to stop using elephant ivory. As the statement notes, “In addition to the ethical concerns raised by the possible extinction of elephant populations or species, the ivory trade is associated with considerable bloodshed for humans as well as elephants.” The Collaborative concludes that “the requirements of religion and conservation should be and, indeed, can be complementary in reaching the best possible outcome whereby religious faith is respected and the future of elephants safeguarded.”