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  • October 16, 2014
    Help or Hindrance for Species Conservation?
    by Wayne Spencer, Ph.D. (0 Comments)
    I have mixed feelings about the proposed listing of the Pacific fisher as Threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The species seems to meet the biological criteria for listing —small, fragmented populations, victim of numerous threats, etc.—however the question in my mind is whether ESA protections may hinder more than help with species conservation and recovery. I lead a ...
  • September 25, 2014
    The Power of Showing Up
    by Ann Van Zee, M.S. (0 Comments)
    On Sunday, September 21, my 7 year old daughter and I drove from Corvallis to Eugene to participate in the Eugene People’s Climate March, one of many solidarity marches organized across the world to amplify the NYC People’s Climate March. My daughter made the signs while sitting in the backseat, occasionally holding them up so I could see ...
  • August 21, 2014
    2, 4, 6, 8, Who Do We Appreciate? Teachers!
    by Ann Van Zee, M.S. (0 Comments)
    Maggie Reinbold, Associate Director of Conservation Education at the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research, opened up a recent Teacher Training workshop by firmly declaring that her staff believe teachers are the hardest working people in America. This set the tone for three days of hands on learning experiences and sample classroom exercises focused on the value of biodiversity ...
  • May 15, 2014
    Major Changes to Data Basin Mapping Tools
    by Gwynne Corrigan, M.S. (0 Comments)
    Have you explored Data Basin?  Launched in 2010, Data Basin is a web-based platform that integrates science, mapping, and the conservation community.  The platform was developed by Conservation Biology Institute (CBI) to support learning, research, and sustainable environmental stewardship.  Over the years, Data Basin has continued to expand and evolve.   We are excited to announce several big improvements and a ...
  • March 11, 2014
    The Killing Fields
    by Wayne Spencer, Ph.D. (0 Comments)
    Decades spent as a wildlife conservation biologist never prepared me for what I’m about to say:  We need to quickly legalize marijuana in this country to save wildlife and protect our natural lands.  Illegal marijuana grow sites are devastating wildlife populations, destroying forests, and poisoning ecosystems at an alarming rate on public lands across California and other western states ...
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