Op-Eds, Blogs & Podcasts

Conserving Species in Extreme Environments
by Joel Berger
In a new episode of the People Behind the Science podcast, WCS's Joel Berger discusses his long career in conservation, including his efforts to establish the only Federally designated wildlife corridor in the U.S., getting arrested in Russia, and his work to protect species in some of the world's species in remote areas.
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We Need to Protect Endangered Ecosystems to Protect Endangered Species
by Dan Kraus
In a new op-ed for Canada's National Observer, WCS Canada's Dan Kraus explores how we can break through the bottleneck of all the species that need protection under Canada’s Species at Risk Act (SARA) and, more importantly, what can we do now to halt and reverse the loss of Canada’s biodiversity.
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by Mariana Varese
Season 2 of the WCS Wild Audio podcast launches in conversation with Mariana Varese, the Peru-based director of WCS’s Amazon Landscapes Program. Mariana describes a new initiative, “Together for Conservation,” that seeks to conserve biodiversity while preventing environmental crime in the Amazon.
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Bat Conservation Q & A with Yup’ik Students from Mertarvik, Alaska
by Sarah Olson
In a new blog at PBS Nature in recognition of Native American Heritage Month, WCS’s Sarah Olson shares her experience teaching Yup’ik high school students in her cousin Naomi’s class in Mertarvik, Alaska. In recent years, Sarah has been joining the class by Zoom during Bat Week to share her knowledge of bat conservation and answer the students’ questions.
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Keeping an Eye on the Elusive Matamata Turtle
by Yovana Murillo
The threatened freshwater matamata turtle, prized in the wildlife trade for its unusual appearance, received Appendix II protection at CITES CoP 19 this week, requiring that all trade be legal and sustainable. Read the blog by WCS's Yovana Murillo.
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Going for a Song?
by Elizabeth Bennett
Throughout Southeast Asia especially, the songbird trade has rendered forests increasingly silent, with whole cities devoid of wild birds and their songs. In a new essay WCS's Liz Bennett explains how and why the parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) could take action this week to help ensure that our forests continue to ring out with a vibrant avian chorus.
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For the Osage Nation, Bison Are Home on the Range
by Jason George
Describing the transfer of six purebred bison from the Bronx Zoo to the Osage Nation Ranch in Oklahoma, Osage Dept of Natural Resources' Jason George notes, "Like the echo of buffalo hooves stampeding across the Great Plains, the Bronx Zoo’s bison restoration program reverberates across the entirety of North America. The return of bison to the Osage people will have a profound effect on our efforts to reclaim not only our culture but a way of life." Read Jason's blog for Native American Heritage Month at PBS Nature.
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Special CITES Edition 2: A Push to Expand Global Protections for Sharks and Rays
by Luke Warwick
On Nov 14, conservationists from across the globe will come together in Panama City, Panama for the triennial meeting of the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species—or CITES. In this special Wild Audio rebroadcast, WCS Executive Director for Shark and Ray Conservation Luke Warwick discusses anticipated action for sharks and rays at CITES, including a proposal to list the entire family of Requiem Sharks for protection.
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The World’s Peatlands Are Climate Bombs Waiting to Detonate
by Dan Zarin
"The global climate crisis won’t be solved just by protecting peatlands," writes WCS Executive Director of Forests and Climate Change Dan Zarin in a new op-ed for the New York Times, "but it can’t be solved without them. Saving these landscapes is essential to slow the planet’s warming."
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Goats, Rams, and Conflict at Earth’s Edge
by Joel Berger
For the Stuff to Blow Your Mind podcast, WCS's Joel Berger describes the challenges of conservation in a changing world and his new research into conflict between mountain goats and bighorn sheep over mineral resources uncovered by a changing climate.
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Special CITES Edition 1: In Panama, Attention Turns to the International Wildlife Trade
by Susan Lieberman
This month representatives from across the globe will gather in Panama City, Panama. It’s the 19th convening of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora—or CITES. WCS’s Sue Lieberman leads WCS’s delegation to the meeting. She recently spoke to Wild Audio to share her thoughts on what’s to come.
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Hanging Out With Bats Under Bridges
by Cory Olson
In a new essay for PBS Nature recognizing Bat Week, WCS Canada's Cory Olson highlights the growing importance of bridges as sites from which to learn about bat health and behavior. He writes, "How many bridges have you driven over without giving a single thought to what is going on underneath? You might be surprised by what is happening down there. Bridges crossing rivers and creeks provide an ideal location for bats and bat biologists to come together."
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The Time is Right for the EU to Step Up Its Fight Against Wildlife Trafficking
by Arnaud Goessens, Jorge Rios, and Olga Kuzmianok
In a new opinion essay, WCS EU's Arnaud Goessens joins Jorge Rios and Olga Kuzmianok of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) to argue that as the EU looks to CITES CoP19, it has an opportunity to act further to address the crisis of wildlife trafficking.
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Peruvian Conservation: Sealed with a Drink from the Tambopata River
by Loyola Escamilo
"As we try to understand the complex dynamics of natural and social systems in the Madidi-Tambopata landscape," writes WCS's Loyola Escamilo in a new essay for PBS Nature celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, "we will continue to pursue a watershed approach that strengthens land management and biodiversity conservation efforts carried out by local communities, and that achieves governance for peace."
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Un Sofrito: A Love of Culture, Science & Wildlife
by Daisy Rodríguez
"It’s been a privilege to work with diverse constituencies in New York alongside community leaders and organizations, government officials, and agencies," writes WCS's Daisy Rodríguez in a new blog at PBS Nature for Hispanic Heritage Month, add, "The blending of nature, culture, and public service in which I immersed myself as a teenager has taken shape as I advocate for the conservation of wild places and the people and wildlife they sustain."
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Zoo and Aquarium-Based Conservation: A Place for Everyone
by Lisa Marie Avendaño
In a new blog at PBS Nature to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, the Bronx Zoo's Lisa Marie Avendaño writes, "To me, the purpose of a zoo and aquarium is to connect all people to wildlife by providing an opportunity to learn about threats different species face in their natural range, what zoos and aquariums are doing about those threats, and how visitors can help. For this model to work, we need everyone to feel welcome."
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