Calling puma conservationists! Monitoring the puma is challenging; they are shy and elusive. We’ve just published a new, non-invasive approach using footprint identification:
Alibhai S, Jewell Z, Evans J (2017) The challenge of monitoring elusive large carnivores: An accurate and cost-effective tool to identify and sex pumas (Puma concolor) from footprints. PLOS ONE 12(3): e0172065. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0172065
We’re proud to be part of a new video documenting the wonderful work of the Pimm Lab at the Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University.
Here’s a snapshot of the different ways our group works to save species around the world.
Our new WildTrack T-shirts are here! Get FIT with our T-shirts or customise for other products. Sprint like a cheetah, charge like a rhino, or just chill like a panda! All profits to WildTrack. Now available on www.zazzle.com/WildTrack
FIT is being used to identify otters in collaboration with the Suffolk-based Stanny Field Centre in the UK (http://www.stannyfarm.org/Field/otterProj.html). This Centre recently hosted the first FIT otter workshop, taught by Frederick Kistner, an otter ecologist. It was a great success, and the first step towards monitoring the ongoing recovery of wild otters.
Participants engaging in a Q &A session with WildTrack.
We’ve always wanted to produce a detailed video showing would-be users, our field conservation colleagues, exactly how FIT works, step-by-step….
Now it’s here, thanks to JMP data visualization, and appropriately published in the world’s first peer-reviewed video journal, the Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE).
Spotting Cheetahs: Identifying Individuals by their Footprints
It’s our job as conservationists to celebrate the Earth and all her inhabitants, but today is special. Our Earth Day blog is published by JMP software with a new WildTrack video.
Spotting the elusive cheetah: An Earth Day story
Business for Wildlife! We’re thrilled to have been chosen by SAS to feature in the new 2016 roundtable report ‘Create, Grow, Sustain’!
SAS is a member of the Business Roundtable (http://businessroundtable.org/about) consisting of leading US companies with $7 trillion in annual revenues. https://businessroundtable.org/resources/sustainability/2016/companies/sas-sustainability-2016
The Piedmont Wildlife Center (PWC) in Durham is encouraging citizen scientists to sign up and help monitor Box turtles (Terrapene carolina carolina)) in North Carolina, where sadly they have no protection.
WildTrack is working to develop a system to identify individuals from their shell patterns and keep track of their progress. The turtles are about to come out of their winter hibernation for imaging. If we succeed it will be the first FIT for reptiles!
Box turtle neighbourhood watch article
Technologies have so much to offer towards protecting global biodiversity, but only if they are appropriately deployed. Together with colleague Stuart Pimm, we comment on the pros and cons in this Forum article published today.
Pimm, S., Jewell, Z.C. & Alibhai, S.K. (2016) Comment on ‘Technologies for Conserving Biodiversity in the Anthropocene’, by John O’Brien. Forum response for Issues in Science and Technology. “Forum.” Issues in Science and Technology 32, no. 2 (Winter 2016). http://issues.org/32-2/forum-29/