Seized: 10 Tons of Ivory Marked “Fish”

Only a fraction of millions of illegal wildlife goods are confiscated. On July 4, Hong Kong custom officials intercepted the largest seizure of ivory on record. The 7 tons, or almost 16,000 pounds, of ivory were hidden in shipment containers labeled as frozen fish. Three people have already been arrested for their involvement. Just a [...]

By |July 12th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Wildfires Worsen with Biodiversity Loss

Wildfire season is well underway for 2017. So far this year, more than 30,000 fires have burned across 3 million acres. On July 10 alone, there were 20 new fires across 15 states, and only seven have been contained. Scholars continue to debate the extent at which biodiversity loss fuels wildfire intensity. Every species contributes [...]

By |July 10th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Caught on Camera

Bird-eating Mallards We’ve all heard of Turducken but… For the first time, a group of zoologists in Romania documented a group of wild ducks attack and attempt to eat two smaller birds. The mallards pursued the birds when they landed in the water, eventually drowning them before consuming them. The juvenile ducks struggled to eat [...]

By |July 7th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Who Does Conservation Best?

The U.S. has ranked 19th on a list of top-performing countries for conservation efforts, coming in behind others such as Norway, Canada and Costa Rica. In the top five were four African countries that incorporate sustainable use in their wildlife management models: Botswana, Namibia, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe. For a recent study, the wildlife research unit [...]

By |July 5th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Will Fire Kill CWD?

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) is not a new discovery, but this deer-killing disease is still puzzling scientists fifty years later. The New York Times recently highlighted how far research has come, including a new experiment that will burn National Park Service land to curb future fatalities. As described by Texas Parks and Wildlife, “Chronic wasting [...]

By |June 28th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Bert Klineburger, Pioneer in Hunting World

He traveled the Earth and hunted scores of different game animals, many now out of reach to the international hunter. DSC member Bert Klineburger was guide to presidents, kings, Hollywood royalty and “little guys” too. His death in June 18 represents not just the passing of a beloved man, but also of a way of [...]

By |June 28th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Overcoming Centuries of Forest Mismanagement

In Japan, wildlife and habitats are starting to show the detrimental effects of centuries of forest mismanagement. For example, large predatory birds, such as the Golden eagle, cannot locate prey from the air in order to feed offspring. Over 40 percent of Japan’s forests are home to just conifers, which were repurposed that way for [...]

By |June 26th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

DSC Supports Rep. Gosar on Introduction of Grand Canyon Bison Management Act

DSC applauds Representative Paul Gosar (R), along with co-sponsors Trent Franks (R), Tom O’Halleran (D) and David Schweikert (R), for introducing the Grand Canyon Bison Management Act on June 22. The bill would authorize the use of science-based wildlife management and sustainable-use conservation techniques to control the bison over-population within Grand Canyon National Park (Park). [...]

By |June 26th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

RSO Certification Course This Sunday

The NRA Range Safety Officer (RSO) program was developed in response to the demand for a nationally recognized range safety officer certification. To become a NRA Range Safety Officer, you must pass the RSO course and demonstrate that you possess the knowledge, skills, and attitude essential to organizing, conducting, and supervising safe shooting activities and [...]

By |June 26th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Eagles, Bears, Owls: Oh My!

Ugly Duckling Local bird watchers sighted something cool in British Columbia recently. On Southern Vancouver Island, a bald eagle has essentially adopted a baby red-tailed hawk into its own family. The eagle has been feeding the hawk for at least a week. Biologists are unsure about how this situation came to be. No one knows [...]

By |June 26th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments