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How Does Climate Change Affect Bird Migration?

May 15, 2020
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Climate change affects every living organism on Earth. From polar bears to rabbits, each creature struggles to adapt to rising temperatures, longer and shorter seasons and limited resources. Among them are birds. Hundreds of species rely on subtle changes in temperature to find food, breed, nest and relocate. 

So how does climate change affect bird migration?

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Have Australian Bushfires Led to Wildlife Extinction?

April 10, 2020
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The Australian wildfires are unprecedented. More than 25 million acres burned — around the size of Indiana in the U.S. With such widespread destruction, it can be difficult to process just how much of an impact these fires had on the environment. The bushfires resulted in the loss of human life, thousands of homes, millions of acres of forest and more than 1 billion animals. 

Like the California disaster of 2019, the most devastating wildfire in the state’s history, the Australian bushfires have a significant effect on both humans and the environment. While it is too soon to state with certainty whether the wildfires have led to wildlife extinction, little-known species will likely feel the greatest impact.

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Scientists Search for Animals Spreading Coronavirus

March 30, 2020
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In early December, the city of Wuhan, China, became the epicenter of the novel coronavirus. Since then, the virus has spread across the globe, infecting more than 500,000 people and killing more than 20,000. As scientists race to find the culprit behind the infection, evidence points to animals — namely those sold at a specific market in Wuhan. 

While numerous species remain suspect in investigating the cause, including bats and pangolins, the mystery remains unsolved. Meanwhile, the virus continues to spread. 

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Wildlife Habitat Destruction a Growing Issue Across the Globe

March 25, 2020
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The last year has been a rough one, with a high number of wildlife habitat destruction in the name of progress and the death of the last male white rhinoceros. Those who love animals and want to see diversity of species continue to worry about this issue and how human expansion impacts the world’s ecosystems. 

A recent United Nations report showed as many as 1 million species on the brink of extinction. The study points to human activities placing 25% of species at risk of extinction in the next few decades.

Even though the UN warns of pending doom to many creatures and we all understand the impact the loss of one species has on local habitat, humans seem incapable of curbing development.

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Have We Lost Two-Thirds of Our Endangered Species by 2020?

March 9, 2020
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Our world changes every day in subtle and life-altering ways. Animal extinction manages to be both at once. It happens so gradually that it remains unknown to many people until a headline about another extinct species draws their attention. And though the process feels slow, each organism we lose has earth-shattering repercussions. The worst part is that we don’t always know the extent of these consequences until they’re upon us.

A World Wildlife Fund report from 2016 stated we’d lose two-thirds of our endangered species by 2020. They reported a 58% decrease in wildlife populations between 1970 and 2012, with a prediction of 67% by 2020. Though environmental groups and legislators are continuously making gradual moves to protect endangered animals, we’re increasingly closer to reaching the two-thirds prediction.

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The Importance of Animal Nutrition on the Farm

February 19, 2020
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Running a farm is no easy feat. You might feel like your to-do list gets longer every day, but you’d never give up the joy you get from working your land and raising animals. It comes with a sense of pride that has fueled generations of families, cultivating small farms around the world.

Every farm has a slightly different purpose. You could grow a single crop and keep animals around for private use, like eggs and milk for your family. Animals could also be the sole purpose of your farm since they can make a significant profit if you raise them correctly.

If you have animals on your farm, don’t stop learning what you can do to help them. With the proper approach, you can feed your animals the food they need while maintaining or improving the sustainability of your farm. Here are five reasons why animal nutrition matters. 

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Should We Move Toward Biological Pest Control Methods?

February 7, 2020
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If humans lacked effective ways to keep pests at bay, gardens and lawns would be overrun with unwanted visitors that could eat plants and trigger other undesirable effects. One method of interest is biological pest control. It centers on introducing living organisms that display predatory behaviors toward the pests rather than relying on chemicals to do the job.

Research shows there are many downsides to using non-biological pest control measures. For example, the chemicals pose dangers to kids and pets, and there are issues with the chemicals not reaching their intended targets. Additionally, ongoing use can cause resistance, requiring people to use more of a product to get the same results once achievable with a smaller amount. 

When methods of getting rid of nature’s nuisances prove ineffective, agricultural professionals often waste money when, perhaps, they should have investigated different options sooner. A study from the Zoological Society of London recently found that the overuse of an herbicide to control a weed that harms winter-wheat fields takes a £400 million bite out of the United Kingdom’s economy every year. 

Since the conventional ways of pest management have these negatives and others, more people wonder if now is the time to embrace biological pest controls. 

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The Complicated Relationship Between Agriculture and Wildlife

January 13, 2020
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How many wild animals are killed by farming practices? While scientists know there’s a problem, they’re unable to pinpoint a precise figure.

Some of the biggest drivers of biodiversity decline include overexploitation — harvesting animals from the wild at rates that can’t replenish — and agriculture, which consists of the production of food, livestock farming, aquaculture, tree cultivation and more. 

According to experts, agriculture and the overexploitation of resources is a more significant risk to biodiversity than climate change. In fact, nearly 75% of the world’s threatened species face overuse, compared to only 19% affected by climate change. 

The Sumatran rhinoceros, for example — which people illegally hunt for its meat and horn — is one of 4,049 species threatened by this problem. Other animals that poachers target include the Western gorilla and Chinese pangolin. 

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How The Construction Industry Can Disrupt Wildlife

January 1, 2020
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The construction industry has made many changes to move toward sustainability. Companies praise the advantages, while industry leaders, such as the U.S. Green Building Council and the Green Building Initiative, set eco-friendly standards. Still, people acknowledge construction has an undeniable impact on wildlife. In 2018, the U.S. spent more than $300 billion on new public development alone.

It will be challenging for any industry to cease environmental harm. Wildlife and construction, in particular, are a poor match. Environmentalists around the world hope companies will make strides towards a future without animal cruelty and ecosystem destruction.

Habitat Intrusion

Animals suffer when industries advance and expand, uprooting their homes. Businesses tear down forests and natural habitats to make room for shopping malls, restaurants and more. Some species learn how to thrive in these urban environments, such as foxes, birds, squirrels, opossums and more.

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Making Livestock Agriculture Sustainable and Cost-Effective

December 4, 2019
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Livestock agriculture is a farming practice that involves raising animals for food and byproducts, such as wool, oils and leather. Humans have used this practice for centuries. Yet the industry has changed significantly with the introduction of various technologies, an ever-growing population, the societal push for eco-friendly initiatives and the demand for transparency.

Farmers today are concerned about their crops and herd. They also fret over future operations. How long can they remain profitable? More than 1 billion people depend on livestock agriculture to make a living and provide resources. With pressure to become an eco-friendly industry, farmers need to consider how to make the practice sustainable and cost-effective.

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Wildlife Conservation Blog

 
Scientists have estimated that 150-200 species of plant, insect, bird and mammal become extinct every 24 hours. With these shocking numbers, understanding what part we play in wildlife and plant life extinction can help us reduce that number.
 
In this section, we’ll cover common issues surrounding wildlife, such as issues with poaching and habitat destruction, as well as technological developments and what role you can play in helping the animals on our planet.