Dinner Lecture: Conservation with communities

What: Join ZAWS for a lecture from the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) veterinary team as part of the JGI Republic of Congo Program! Dr. Rebeca Atencia and Sofia Fernandez will discuss JGI initiatives in Congo as well as their experiences in conservation and global veterinary medicine.  Bring your own plates and utensils.
When: Tuesday March 13th, 6:00 PM
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Dinner Lecture: Our Costly Obsession, The Problem of Plastic Waste and What You Can do to Help

What:  Join ZAWS and WVLDI as we welcome Mariah Beck to speak about the problem of plastic pollution, and what we can do to help, her own waste-less lifestyle, and the sense of empowerment it has provided her!
This event will include a very brief lecture followed by a workshop on how you can produce less waste and empower others to take action!
When:  Monday, March 5, 6-7pm
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Event: Tropical Biology and Conservation meeting

There will be two talks; Gerardo Soto will be presenting his research titled “Defining Forest Health to Help Conservation Planning in Chile” and Ted Lawrence will be presenting a talk titled: “Linking Economic Globalization to Changes in Maya Forest Landscapes of Yucatan, Mexico.”

When: Wednesday, February 21, 5:00-6:00 pm

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Six speakers discuss different aspects of conservation medicine at the first annual Wildlife Health Day

On Saturday six speakers shared their experiences addressing issues related to conservation, wildlife, and one health.  The topics were wide-ranging, covering conservation of endangered species, zoo animal nutrition, plastic waste, and honeybee health.  For every topic the speakers highlighted the importance of wildlife health and the role of the veterinarian. Continue reading

Dinner Lecture: Conseration of Przewalski’s Horses in the Great Gobi B

Dr. Christian Walzer, executive director of the Wildlife Conservation Society and head of Conservation Medicine at the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, Austria will present a 50min talk to the Cornell Graduate Community on his work with Przewalski Horse Conservation in the Great Gobi B Strictly Protected Area, a nature preserve in South-Western Mongolia. Continue reading

I found a turtle! Now what??

It’s spring, the weather’s getting nicer, and you are out and about, along with many wildlife species. You’re driving along the road and you see a rock. Wait, it’s moving! It’s a turtle! You slow down to note that it’s not moving particularly fast… It’s almost rush hour, and you start to worry. “What should I do?” you wonder. Keep reading as third year veterinary student and student wildlife technician Lauren Jacobs discusses how to identify the common species in this region, how to help the turtle out of harm’s way, how to keep yourself safe while doing so, and more!

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The Dangers of Anticoagulant Poisons

Many people choose to use poisons or rodenticides, such as warfarin, as a solution to rodent pests. Warfarin is an anticoagulant, which means it prevents the formation of blood clots. If an animal eats enough of this rodenticide toxin, they may die within days. A turkey vulture presented to the Janet L. Swanson Wildlife Health Center last year with presumed rodenticide toxicity from a poisoned meal. Third year student Lauren Jacobs discusses the case and reminds readers that rodenticides can be harmful to pets, children, and wildlife. Continue reading

Conference: Yale 2018 International Society of Tropical Foresters Conference

Tropical forest landscapes are complex systems shaped by interacting ecological, social, and multi-dimensional processes. Complexity includes the dynamic ecologies, socio-political regimes, and diverse stakeholder perspectives that converge within any given tropical forest locale. While many who live and work in tropical forest landscapes have acknowledged the need to move away from siloed management, challenges persist for addressing the socio-ecological complexity of forest landscapes.

Attending to socio-ecological complexity means adopting new frameworks that capture the range of drivers, stakeholders and knowledges in tropical forest management. The 2018 International Society of Tropical Foresters Conference will bring together practitioners, academics, and forest users to explore the thought, experiences, and methods used for attending to the complexity of tropical forest landscapes. Continue reading

I found a baby! Now what??

As the weather gets warmer and so do the critters’ affections, we’re about to experience a multitude of babies! Spring is a’comin’, and we should all be prepared! You’re playing/gardening/napping outside, and you spot a baby deer/squirrel/bunny/bird! You watch for a minute, and he looks all alone… he’s awful cute, and you start to worry. “How do I help this precious fluff?” you ask. Emily MacArthur, veterinary student and wildlife rehabilitator, reviews some simple tips for deciding whether that baby animal you found is hurt, what to do, and who to call. Continue reading

Colonialism and Conservation: a look at Borneo, Indonesia

“With Indonesia’s history of colonialization and even more recent neo-colonialism, what is our role as conservationists? That is a question I still struggle to answer. The clear majority of Americans will never know what it is like to grow up in a developing country. We might have preconceived notions about how easy it would be for someone to just stop poaching, or to build a better road. To just simply stop the hunting of prized animals such as elephants, even though it can provide some income to poor villages. To judge someone who traps a pangolin, despite not even knowing the laws preventing it. We live a sheltered life in veterinary school, but programs like Engaged Cornell and Expanding Horizons give us glimpses of the real world.” Continue reading

Breeding Livestock Guard Dogs and Protecting Cheetahs

Third-year veterinary student Zack Dvornicky-Raymond spent the summer of 2016 working with the Cheetah Conservation Fund in Namibia on the Livestock Guard Dog Project, a unique approach to human-wildlife conflict that places Anatolian Shepherd/Kangal dogs with farmers to reduce livestock predation. Protecting livestock reduces retaliatory killings against cheetahs and improves the outlook of local communities on cheetahs. Zack’s work addressed reproductive setbacks in the breeding colony, pinpointing medical problems and creating new management protocols that have since resulted in multiple successful litters. Continue reading

Two and a Half Minutes to Midnight: an open letter to the veterinary field

Second-year veterinary and MPH student J Hunter Reed delivers a timely charge to current and future veterinarians: stand guard for these coming years, as they will bring a myriad of challenges. You will be there, and our world will need you. At the end of the day, it will not be individual knowledge that will save this planet – it will be the collective wisdom of many minds working together as a team towards one common objective: to protect Life. Wherever you are and whatever your specialty, push yourself to collaborate. It will frustrate you; it will humble you; but, most importantly, it will inspire you. And through that inspiration, I hope you come to appreciate that this world is a remarkable one – and in fact, our only one. It needs our help now more than ever, and we must work together, as one, to protect it. Continue reading