Native ecosystems, species underpin Hawaiian culture Dr. Samuel M. 'Ohukani'ōhi'a Gon, III is the Senior Scientist and Cultural Advisor for The Nature Conservancy of Hawai'i, and a leading expert on Hawaiian ecology. This year he is one of the four keynote speakers at the annual Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation (ATBC) meeting, which is being held next week in Honolulu, on the Hawaiian island of Oahu.
Man selling eagles on Facebook arrested in Indonesia Police in Indonesia’s second city of Surabaya, a hotbed of wildlife trafficking, seized 16 eagles of various types from a trafficker who was using Facebook to connect with potential customers. A tip alerted the authorities to the trafficker. They used the Internet to confirm his activities before moving to arrest him at his house in Surabaya’s Bubutan area.
Tanzanian study says education, better signing could reduce animal vehicle collisions Animal vehicle collisions (AVCs) take an incredible toll on wildlife worldwide. In the United States, for example, as many as 1.5 million deer, moose, and other ungulates are annually involved in vehicle crashes, with all yearly U.S. wildlife collisions costing $1 billion and causing 29,000 human injuries. Still, drivers and the media tend to downplay these costs to world wildlife and automotive safety.
'Land sparing' vs. 'land sharing': scientists weigh in on how to improve biodiversity on farms To protect natural ecosystems, some conservationists advocate 'land sparing,' in which farmers intensify agricultural practices to boost yields, theoretically enabling them to forgo expansion into natural areas. Others advocate 'land sharing,' in which farmers take over more land but use more environmentally friendly practices. Researchers studied the relative effects of the two approaches on biodiversity.