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Annual Adirondack Loon Census: Volunteers Wanted!

The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Adirondack Program announces a call for volunteers to survey loons on Adirondack lakes as part of the 18th Annual Adirondack Loon Census. The event will take place on Saturday, July 21, 2018, from 8:00-9:00 a.m. Participants can choose from a list of available lakes and ponds in the Adirondack region to sign up for and survey.

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STUDY: Indigenous Peoples Own or Manage at Least One Quarter of World’s Land Surface

Indigenous Peoples have ownership, use and management rights over  at least a quarter of the world’s land surface according to a new study published this week in the journal Nature Sustainability.

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New Study: An Estimated 84 Highly Endangered Amur Leopards Remain in the Wild in China and Russia

Scientists estimate there are only 84 remaining highly endangered Amur leopards (Panthera pardus orientalis) remaining in the wild across its current range along the southernmost border of Primorskii Province in Russia and Jilin Province of China.

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Dr Willy Marthy of WCS Indonesia Program Graduates from Prestigious Leadership Program

The Wildlife Conservation Society is delighted to congratulate Dr. Willy Marthy, Sumatra Manager for the WCS Indonesia Program, on his graduation from the IDEAS advanced leadership program.

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Garden Pests that Can Eat You:  WCS Wild Seve Program Protects Farmers and Wildlife from Each Other
WCS’s Wild Seve program, which helps farmers living around India’s Bandipur and Nagarahole National Parks recoup losses of crops or livestock from tigers, leopards, elephants, and other protected wildlife, has just filed its 10,000th claim since the program launched in July, 2015.
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Study in Fiji Finds That Removing Sea Cucumbers Spells Trouble for Shallow Coastal Waters

NEW YORK (June 5, 2018)—The lowly sea cucumber strikes observers as a simple sausage-like creature, one that is far less interesting than brightly colored reef fish or color-changing octopi that share its coastal habitat. The sea cucumber’s unimpressive appearance belies the outsized role these creatures play in converting decomposing organic matter into recyclable nutrients and keeping coastal ecosystems healthy and clean, and overfishing them can have negative impacts on coastal marine environments, according to a new study focusing on a species of sea cucumber called a sandfish in the journal PeerJ.

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GIVE A SIP: WCS Launches Campaign to Support Bill Eliminating Plastic Straws in New York City
NEW YORK (May 23, 2018) – The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) kicked off its Give a Sip campaign today to support a bill introduced by Councilman Rafael Espinal that will eliminate the use of most single-use plastic straws in New York City.
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Two-and-a-Half-Year Identidad Madidi Expedition Ends After Visiting 15 Remote Sites in Bolivia’s Madidi National Park
LA PAZ, BOLIVIA (May 22, 2018) — After a two-and-a-half-year expedition through the world’s most biodiverse protected area, the Identidad Madidi explorers have concluded their epic quest of completing a massive biological survey of Madidi National Park, uncovering more than 120 potentially new species of plants, butterflies and vertebrates in the process, according to WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society).
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Massive Study Across Western Equatorial Africa Finds More Gorillas and Chimpanzees Than Expected, but 80% Are Outside the Safe Havens of Protected Areas

A massive decade-long study of Western Equatorial Africa’s gorillas and chimpanzees has uncovered both good news and bad about our nearest relatives. The good news: there are one third more western lowland gorillas and one tenth more central chimpanzees than previously thought. The bad news: the vast majority of these great apes (80 percent) exist outside of protected areas, and gorilla populations are declining by 2.7 percent annually.

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Landmark Paper Finds Light at End of the Tunnel for World’s Wildlife and Wild Places
A new WCS paper published in the journal BioScience finds that the enormous trends toward population stabilization, poverty alleviation, and urbanization are rewriting the future of biodiversity conservation in the 21st century, offering new hope for the world’s wildlife and wild places.
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