Indentifying and Protecting Wildlife Corridors

Interview with Mt. Lion Foundation about his new book, “The Cougar Conundrum”. Scroll to ~ 2 min. in to get right to the interview.

Mark was going to write a book about cougar biology, but with all the recent cougar/human incidents, fear, tragedy, loss and hype about cougars and the human impacts on them, and the cougar impacts on humans, he decided to write a book to answer a lot of questions he receives as a cougar biologist, and lay out some of the realities of “life on the land” for cougars and people alike. With the hope of bringing some clear examples of how people and their animals have been able to live with cougars, I think Dr. Elbroch has provided some very contemporary starting points to understanding, living with, and even solving, the “cougar conundrum”.

From Jonah Evans, consummate wildlife track and sign specialist, comes this video for your educational inspiration!

From Gabby Saunders of Wildlands Network to all wildlands partners, We are excited to announce that the Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act, along $300 million in dedicated funding for wildlife crossings, has passed the House floor on July 2 as part of a stimulus package with bipartisan support.   To elevate this huge win for wildlife, and […]

Source: Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act Passes – Rewilding

Great review of the book, “Becoming Wild” by Carl Safina

 

Reviewed by John Miles.  Burning questions today are how we should relate to other-than-human denizens of Earth and why we should do so very differently than we have historically. The “arrogance of humanism” as David Ehrenfeld called it years ago, also “human exceptionalism,” has led to what Eileen Crist recently called the worldview of “human […]

Source: Becoming Wild: How Animal Cultures Raise Families, Create Beauty, and Achieve Peace, By Carl Safina – Rewilding

Here is a new video we’re making available via YouTube to show some of wildlife that need to move to and from Sandia Moutain.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8KGKrCqWP34

Help protect this area as a wildlife corridor, its already there!

Send your comments before April 16th to: wildlife.corridors@state.nm.us to inform the Wildlife Corridors Act, which is seeking public comments for a State wildlife corridor action plan.

Protect the Crest of Montezuma wildlife corridor!

The light green shaded area is the safest path for wildlife to and from Sandia Mtn.

From: Pathways: Wildlife Corridors of NM, an all volunteer, non-profit organization.

Pathways vision is to see the mountains of New Mexico connected with protected
passage for wildlife of all kinds.

Sandia Mountain is ringed with development – the city of Albuquerque, freeways and subdivisions. There is only one narrow opening to and from the remaining mountain at the North East corner between Placitas and La Madera. Without roads and official trails, this rugged area is designated non-motorized travel within the Forest Service portion. On the Crest of Montezuma, managed by the Bureau of Land Management, official trails and uses of all sorts are being proposed. These uses are not a problem with official oversight, but these Federal agencies do not have funding for law enforcement personnel. Without a ranger at the trail head and on the trails we will see the spider webbing of trails, target shooting and trash – plus the increased access for illegal trapping and poaching of wildlife.

Won’t you help protect Sandia Mountain and keep it connected to the other mountains of New Mexico for the safe passage of wildlife? Let officials know that you want this area, the last of its kind, protected from illegal activity and the current laws enforced. Thank you for caring about the life of your mountain! share the link here: Crest of Montezuma

The light green shaded area is the safest path for wildlife to and from Sandia Mtn.

New video from Fork Tail Media, 13 minutes long, from the Olinger’s.

 

 

Time for hunting bear scat! 

See this special series of stories here: Real-world science in project at San Antonito – The Independent

SNOQUALMIE PASS, Wash. (AP) — Before descending the Cascade Mountains on its final stretch to Seattle, Interstate 90 cuts through a mountain pass of old growth forests and wetlands. For countless wildlife species, the busy highway is a border, constraining their movements and posing a fatal risk should they dare to cross it. “Everything from an elk down to a small salamander, they need to move to find food, to find mates, to find new places to live as their populations expand or just when conditions change, like a fire breaks out,” said Jen Watkins of Conservation Northwest.

Source: Washington state builds bridge to keep wildlife off highway

The 10,000th sighting has been registered!

Thank you for taking the time to volunteer for this Adventure Scientists Project. With these data, we hope to provide a safer environment for wildlife and drivers. Information about where wildlife-vehicle collisions occur, what animals are involved, and other data can help inform policy, management, and financial investment in reducing roadkill. We will present data back to collaborators in order to promote wildlife connectivity. You can learn about Adventure Scientists at http://www.adventurescientists.org

Source: Adventure Scientists’ Wildlife Connectivity Survey · iNaturalist.org