July – Zoology scribble and bites

Diversity in conservation biology

I have been attending various conservation conferences this month in Australia and the United States, learning a lot about what conservation research is happening globally and have been feeling inspired about the progress we’re making. One specific focus at both conferences has been how to address diversity and inclusion within conservation. I’m still reflecting on everything I’ve learnt and where to next, but it’s a conversation that needs to be had.

via The Crucial Role of Women in Conservation | JSTOR Daily

Also an interesting quick YouTube video documenting the rules for the Black Birdwatcher.

A bold move by the Kiwis

New Zealand has had it’s own suite of invasive animals decimating native bird populations. There’s a lot of innovative research happening right now, both in invasive species management and reintroductions. The New Zealand government has announced a “world-first” project to make the nation predator free by 2050. I’ll definitely be watching this space!

via No more rats: New Zealand to exterminate all introduced predators | World news | The Guardian

Image – http://www.ngamanuimages.co.nz

A glorified gumball machine for conservation

Last month, I talked about new tech being used for conservation, and US Fish and Wildlife Service is using drones as a“glorified gumball machine” to fire vaccine-laced pellets to target diseased prairie dogs, food for the endangered black-footed ferret, a species that is facing a plague epidemic across America’s great plains.

via Drones to unleash vaccine-laced M&Ms in bid to save endangered ferrets | Environment | The Guardian

Black footed ferrets Image – Will Singleton

Pokémon goes into nature

Yes, I had to mention it, it’s a new App craze and Pokémon Go has gotten people wander around nature looking for fantasy creatures – but will this translate into people exploring real-life nature?

Asia Murphy is using #PokemonIRL to share natural history information on wildlife seen (or studied, for the scientists) via Pokédex form.

via Pokemon v Nature : Nature, I choose you |

via OPINION: Why nature conservationists should be worried about Pokémon Go – Australian Geographic

Fosa Image – http://www.anatiala.com/pokemonirl/

 

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