Monarch butterflies' spectacular migration is at risk – an ambitious new plan aims to help save it

Can a plan that brings together government and private landowners create enough habitat for monarch butterflies?

D. André Green II, Assistant Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Michigan • conversation
Sept. 18, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: conservation insects migration wildlife-conservation pollinators trump-administration endangered-species habitat butterflies endangered-species-act

'Extinction: The Facts': Attenborough's new documentary is surprisingly radical

A conservation scientist interviewed on the programme says Sir David tells it like it is.

Julia P G Jones, Professor of Conservation Science, Bangor University • conversation
Sept. 14, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: climate-change extinction wildlife-conservation david-attenborough habitat-loss

Five reasons people buy illegal wildlife products – and how to stop them

By understanding what drives people to buy wild species, we can figure out how best to stop them.

Diogo Veríssimo, Research Fellow in Conservation Marketing, University of Oxford • conversation
Sept. 3, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: illegal-wildlife-trade wildlife-conservation rhino-horns orchids

Trump greenlights drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, but will oil companies show up?

The Trump administration is opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas leasing – a step that's as much about politics as it is about energy.

Scott L. Montgomery, Lecturer, Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington • conversation
Aug. 21, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: wildlife-conservation alaska oil trump-administration endangered-species us-history us-energy-policy oil-and-gas-industry national-wildlife-refuge anwr oil-and-gas-exploration environmental-movement

How bird life may be affected by roads – and what to do about it

My research into Britain's birds found 77% of species varied in abundance around roads.

Sophia C Cooke, Research Associate, University of Cambridge • conversation
July 7, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: birds wildlife-conservation roads

Hundreds of elephants are mysteriously dying in Botswana – a conservationist explains what we know

The death toll stands at nearly 400 elephants of both sexes and all ages.

Vicky Boult, Postdoctoral Researcher in Conservation Biology, University of Reading • conversation
July 3, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: wildlife-conservation poaching botswana elephants okavango-delta elephant-poaching

Arctic heatwave: what warmer summers mean for the region's wildlife

As snow melts and landscapes change, there will be winners and losers.

Helen Wheeler, Lecturer in Wildlife Ecology, Anglia Ruskin University • conversation
June 26, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: climate-change arctic wildlife-conservation

Can Asia end its uncontrolled consumption of wildlife? Here's how North America did it a century ago

In the 1800s, Americans hunted many wild species near or into extinction. Then in the early 1900s, the US shifted from uncontrolled consumption of wildlife to conservation. Could Asia follow suit?

Roland Kays, Research Associate Professor of Wildlife and Scientist at NC Museum of Natural Sciences, North Carolina State University • conversation
June 17, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: covid-19 china wildlife fishing wildlife-conservation bison endangered-species us-history wildlife-trade asia hunting ivory-ban wildlife-management

Invasive species threaten most protected areas across the world - new study

Our research investigated 900 'alien' species across almost 200,000 protected areas worldwide.

Tim Blackburn, Professor of Invasion Biology , UCL • conversation
June 8, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: wildlife-conservation invasive-species national-parks protected-areas conservation-biology

Endangered tigers face growing threats from an Asian road-building boom

A new study forecasts that thousands of miles of new road construction will cut through tiger habitat across Asia by 2050. Planning can make these projects more tiger-friendly.

Neil Carter, Assistant Professor of Wildlife Conservation, University of Michigan • conversation
April 29, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: china india infrastructure wildlife wildlife-conservation endangered-species tigers planning asia poaching habitat roads wildlife-corridors habitat-fragmentation belt-and-road-initiative

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