January 2019 Conservation Newsletter- Global Conservation

Global Conservation

Conservation in Watercolors at Field Museum

The Field Museum’s artist-in-residence Peggy Macnamara aids the conservation efforts of the Keller Science Action Center. The Action Center is trying to bring awareness to the Yaguas National Park in the Peruvian Amazon. Original Article.

What to do with last year’s Christmas Tree?

Team of Conservation Halton Workers adding Christmas trees to the banks of Bronte Creek

In Carlisle Ontario, the conservation group Conservation Halton is reusing Christmas trees to narrow over widened creeks and streams in an effort to protect the local wildlife. According to Kent Rundle, stewardship coordinator for Conservation Halton, “With an over-widened creek, we have a greater surface area for the sun to warm up the water, and when this water is very, very warm, it’s not habitable to sensitive species.” Original Article.

Living Planet Index drops by 60% since 1970.

A Federally threatened Ringed Map Turtle, Graptemys oculiferaJoel Sartore National Geographic

The World Wildlife Fund For Nature’s Living Planet Report indicates that the Living Planet Index, a marker for the diversity and abundance of animals worldwide, has dropped by 60% since 1970. The index is a weighted system where the loss of a critically endangered species impacts the score greater than a decline in a species population that is stable. What this 60% value truly means is that populations of vertebrates declined by 60% on average. This is not the same as saying 60% of all animals were lost, but it is still an alarming statistic. Original Article.

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