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Oil and Gas Drilling in the Arctic Refuge Is a Direct Hit Against Our Country’s Natural Heritage

New York, Aug. 17, 2020 – The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) President and CEO Cristián Samper has issued the following statement today:

“At WCS, we stand strongly against the Administration’s announcement to approve an oil leasing program for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. Oil and gas drilling in one of our last remaining wilderness areas is a direct hit against our country’s natural heritage. We ask Congress to take action to stop this development."

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New Large-Scale North American Study on Wild Bison Identifies Genetic Diversity Concerns and Solutions for Ensuring their Long-Term Conservation
In a new large-scale study of wild bison genetics, a team of scientists funded by the U.S. National Park Service and led by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) has identified practical actions to maintain the genetic health of bison herds on federal lands, setting a foundation for the successful long-term conservation of wild bison. Findings indicate that increasing the actual or effective size of existing herds, establishing large herds, or the careful exchange of individual bison between herds, is needed to maintain the genetic diversity of wild bison.
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Scientists Listen to Whales, Walruses, & Seals In a Changing Arctic Seascape
A  year-round acoustic study of marine mammals in the northern Bering Sea is providing scientists with a valuable snapshot of an Arctic world already under drastic pressure from climate change, according to WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society), Columbia University, Southall Environmental Associates, and the University of Washington.
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Mountain Goats’ Air Conditioning is Failing, Study Says
A new study in the journal PLOS One says Glacier National Park’s iconic mountain goats are in dire need of air conditioning.
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BISON ON THE EDGE: Scientists, Indigenous Peoples, Government Officials, Ranchers, Gather to Develop Roadmap for Rewilding North America Bison
The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and Pueblo of Pojoaque will co-host a conference to advance a bold vision: rewilding the North American continent with the American bison. 
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The US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) published final rules that significantly weaken the implementation of the U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA).
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Managing Climate Risk for Conservation Investments - A New Report Written by Funders Offers Solutions
The Wildlife Conservation Society’s (WCS) Climate Adaptation Fund, in collaboration with the Climate Resilience Fund (CRF), has released a new report providing practical guidance to foundation and public agency funders, and natural resource managers for reducing their investment risk in the era of climate change. The report was launched this week at the 2019 National Adaptation Forum in Madison, Wisconsin. According to the 2018 National Climate Assessment, a legally-mandated synthesis of ...
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WCS's Eric Sanderson Chosen as a 2019-2020 Fellow for the New York Public Library's Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers

The New York Public Library’s Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers has selected WCS Senior Conservation Ecologist Eric Sanderson as a member of its 21st class of Fellows.


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WCS Commends Governor Cuomo for Plastic Bag Ban
The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) applauds Governor Cuomo and the New York State Senate and Assembly for their leadership in banning single-use plastic bags in this year’s budget. 
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WCS Applauds Introduction of New York State Law to Protect Vulnerable Species
WCS applauds New York State Assemblyman Steve Englebright, Chair of the Environmental Conservation Committee, for his introduction of A. 6600, a bill that will protect vulnerable species. 
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