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WCS: Senate’s failure to remove Arctic Refuge drilling from budget endangers one of America’s most pristine places

WASHINGTON (October 19, 2017) – Today, an amendment was offered to the Senate’s budget resolution that would have stopped the effort to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling as a means to fund other priorities, including tax cuts. That amendment failed, and the budget subsequently passed, signifying one step closer to irreparable damage to one of America’s last remaining pristine places. 

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Congressional Efforts to Open up Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Would Despoil One of America’s Most Pristine Places

WASHINGTON (September 29, 2017) – Allowing oil and gas drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge would be an unnecessary and harmful despoiling of a place of great natural value to wildlife, to the people who rely on this land, and for the American public – both now and in the future.

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Fairbanks, Alaska (June 2, 2017) – WCS released a statement in response to the Department of the Interior’s announcement that it will reopen a 2013 comprehensive management plan on the future of the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska.

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WCS Announces Request for Proposals for Nature-Based Climate Change Adaptation Projects
February 27, 2017 –  Through its Climate Adaptation Fund, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) today solicited proposals from nonprofit conservation organizations to explore and implement new methods for helping wildlife adapt to rapidly-shifting environmental conditions brought about by climate change.  

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WCS Applauds New International Agreement to Protect Polar Regions
January 19, 2017 – WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) commends the International Maritime Organization and partners for the development and implementation of the “Polar Code,” a binding international agreement that will help ensure the safety of mariners operating in polar waters, and the protection of both the Arctic and Antarctic’s marine environment from the risks of vessel activities.

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WOLVERINES! WCS Arctic Team Collaring Elusive Predators on Alaska’s North Slope

April 22, 2016 – A WCS-led research team, working in cooperation with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game has successfully placed satellite collars on two wolverines as part of a study to see how these elusive predators are faring on Alaska’s North Slope. 

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Dr. Joel Berger of WCS and the University of Montana taking part in a landmark U.S.–Russian bilateral conservation expedition on Wrangel Island off the coast of northeastern Siberia Berger and his Russian colleagues braving wind-chills down to –70°F to gather information on the impacts of climate change on the Arctic’s largest land mammal—the muskoxen(April 9, 2014) — Dr. Joel Berger, Senior Scientist with the Wildlife Conservation Society’s North America Program and John J. Craighead Chair in ...

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Holiday fun includes wildlife ice carving competition; Demonstrations; interactive ice play area; ice displays; and more Thursday, Dec 26 – Tuesday, Dec. 31 Bronx, NY – Nov. 25, 2013 – The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo’s Salute to Wildlife Ice Carving Celebration is back for the holiday season.. The week-long celebration, running from Thursday, Dec 26 – Tuesday, Dec. 31 features professional ice carving demonstrations, wildlife-themed ice sculpture displays, an interactive play area,...

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First range-wide study of bowhead whale genetics finds much genetic diversity lost during age of commercial whaling Canadian pack ice no barrier to ice-savvy bowheads crossing between oceans NEW YORK (October 18, 2012)—Scientists from the Wildlife Conservation Society, the American Museum of Natural History, City University of New York, and other organizations have published the first range-wide genetic analysis of the bowhead whale using hundreds of samples from both modern populations...

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