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Coverage of conservation programs since March 20, 2023.

Delta Waterfowl Testifies in Congress to Support HEN ACT

"...Waterfowl populations are driven by what happens on the breeding grounds, Rohwer said during his testimony. So thats why Im excited about this bill. For 40 years, weve known that the breeding grounds are declining..."

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63% of Metro Vancouverites would pay for a regional green tax, finds poll

"...The pollstersfound Metro Vancouver residents expressedstrong concern over the prospect of disasters and contaminating the natural world, with 88 per cent of respondents saying they worry about increasing water pollution and wildfires. ..."

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Delta Waterfowl Working to Expand Successful Shallow Wetlands Incentive Program

"...To help slow down wetland habitat losses across prairie Canada, Delta Waterfowl is considering how to emulate Manitobas successful Shallow Wetlands Incentive Program for Alberta and Saskatchewanprovinces with millions of small wetlandsto ensure the breeding duck habitat in prairie Canada remains viable and continues to produce ducks. Shallow prairie wetlands serve as territorial pair ponds that drive carrying capacity for breeding ducks and provide important food resources for nesting hens. Studies show that 10 one-acre wetlands attract 21 breeding pairs of ducks, while one 10-acre wetland attracts only seven pairs..."

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How conservationists are pushing back against a West Coast invader

"...After marking the plants on the app and with a pink flag on the ground, teams return to the location armed with personal protective equipment and a special backpack filled with a bright blue liquid. The backpacks contain an active herbicide known as Habitat that is mixed with a blue dye so the teams can easily see when it has been applied. Once sprayed, the herbicide moves through the plant down to the roots, disrupting its protein synthesis..."

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More Habitat, Less Bugs: Co-existing with Bats

"...Funded by Environment and Climate Change Canada, Kootenay Connect helps to sustain regional biodiversity by providing for the needs of federally-listed species at risk. Although gobbling skeeters is a perk (bats eat their weight in insects every night, swallows dine on roughly 850 mosquitoes a day) it’s their role within the entire ecosystem that makes them a target species for Kootenay Connect and its partners..."

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Ontario program to pay smart thermostat owners for summer temperature control

"...Ontario is rolling out an energy conservation program that will pay residents with smart thermostats to lower their air conditioning during certain periods in the summer..."

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Wetland Hero helps Kootenay scientists mitigate climate change

"...For a landscape facing wildlife, drought or floods, the beaver Castor canadensis is a downright superhero that scientists and community groups in the Kootenays are turning to for answers. Submitted photoSubmitted by Kootenay Conservation Program..."

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Critter Day slithers into Beaver Creek Park on May 13

"...Critter Day is also supported by BC Parks, the Ministry of Forests, the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC, FortisBC, and Teck..."

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Milestone $155 million investment approved for FortisBCs energy efficiency programs

"...This is an incredible opportunity to support our customers and advance energy efficiency in B. C. , said Joe Mazza, vice president, energy supply and resource development..."

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Can Mexico save its reefs from overtourism? Corporate Knights

"...Thousands of tourists disembark from the cruise ships in the morning, flooding the 48-kilometre-long island during the day. And an estimated 20% of them go snorkelling to explore the beautiful coral reef just off the coast. This coral makes up part of the Mesoamerican Reef, which stretches from just north of Cancun all the way down to Honduras and is the second-largest in the world behind the Great Barrier Reef..."

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Red Deer conserved nearly three billion of litres of water since 2009

"...Conservation programs have dramatically reduced per capita water consumption Paul CowleyMar. 27, 2023 3:00 p. m..."

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New Purchase of 235 Hectares near Prince George Protects Carbon Absorbing Peatlands and Rich Biodiversity

"...The crises of biodiversity loss and climate change are distinct, yet linked, and we must work together to tackle them both. By working with partners such as the Nature Trust of British Columbia and the Province of British Columbia, and with the generosity of the Prince George community, we are helping to protect the natural environment in British Columbia and across the country. Protecting wetlands plays a vital role in helping to halt and reverse biodiversity loss and store carbon, providing climate regulating benefits..."

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Jobs in conservation programs

Recent employment opportunities from across Canada.

Water Conservation Officer - District of North Vancouver (North Vancouver, BC)

"...As one of BCâs Top Employers and known for being a flexible, family-friendly employer with inclusive workplace culture, the District of North Vancouver offers an incredible workplace culture supported by wellness services, employee recognition programs, and a hybrid work model..."

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Water Conservation Officer - City of Burnaby (Burnaby, BC)

"...If you’re someone who is passionate about the environment and has fantastic interpersonal and communication skills, this is the opportunity for you..."

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Climate Change Specialist - Municipality of North Cowichan (Duncan, BC)

"...Ability to use tact, discretion, persuasion, diplomacy, respect and courtesy to gain the cooperation and commitment of others; facilitate groups; and to establish and maintain effective working relationships and rapport with departments, officials, the media, representatives of other groups, agencies, entities or businesses, and diverse members of the public.  ..."

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Conservation Programs Specialist (Fixed Term) - Meadow Lake, SK - Ducks Unlimited Canada - Regina, SK

"...If you are qualified and interested in this opportunity, please visit our online career center to submit your application for confidential consideration..."

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Podcasts

Recent episodes that mention conservation programs.

Stacy Jupiter | Wildlife Conservation Society

Duration: 37:06

"...Dr Stacy Jupiter, Melanesia Director of the Wildlife Conservation Society, works in partnership with local communities to find long-term win-wins for people and wildlife..."

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Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about conservation programs.

Saving the Kiwi: Protecting New Zealand's national bird | DW Documentary

"...Luckily, thousands of people have joined the massive conservation program..."

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Carlos Peres | Sustainable-use protected areas improve community well-being | Frontiers Forum 2023

"...Through their research, professor Carlos Peres and his team showed that community-based conservation programs in the Amazon not only benefit natural ecosystems but also improve the livelihoods of people living in protected areas..."

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Farmers and Ranchers on the Benefits and Barriers of Adopting Regenerative Ag

"...With new excitement for soil health on both sides of the aisle, now is the time to build massive political will to create change in our food system..."

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How this Wild Cat is Coming Back from Extinction

"...We introduce the breeding and conservation programs that have helped the wildcat make a remarkable recovery, and take a look at the threats the endangered species still faces today..."

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Academic Research

Recent peer-reviewed papers about conservation programs relevant to the latest news.

Nexus of household livelihood dependence and conservation approach to wetlands: a study of North Himalayan wetland in India

"...Since antiquity it has been seen that the wetland ecosystem not only contributes a considerable proportion of welfare to the local people in terms of food, fuel wood, timber, drinking water, irrigation water, etc..."

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Australia?s Natural Environment: A Warning for the World

"...Equivalent pressures face the biota of aquatic environments, with climate change interacting with other threats to produce poor prognoses for the future of freshwater resources and major marine ecosystems such as the Great Barrier Reef..."

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Genetic diversity in Stryphnodendron adstringens (Mart.) Coville (Leguminosae, Caesalpinioideae, Clade Mimosoid) and its correl

"...Biodiversity is organized in three fundamental hierarchical levels in nature: diversity of genes within species, diversity of species in communities, and diversity of ecosystems..."

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Local Community Involvement in Mangrove Forest Conservation and Edutourism in Kampung Sijangkang

"...However, river pollution has posed a threat to the mangrove forest ecosystem and therefore should be conserved because it benefits various stakeholders..."

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Living with human encroachment: Status and distribution of Green Peafowl in northern stronghold of Thailand

"...A higher number of the species was predicted within the protected areas than outside, highlighting the significance of the protected contiguous forest patches in the stronghold for the long-term conservation of the species combined with the supporting agro-ecotourism through the species existence in the surrounding agricultural landscapes..."

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Retrofit Guidelines Towards Achievement of Net Zero Energy in a University Building

"...The energy consumption of new buildings as well as pre-existing buildings can be decreased through retrofits for energy efficiency, energy conservation programs, reduction of plug loads, and integrated structural design..."

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Individual-Based Models for Incorporating Landscape Processes in the Conservation and Management of Aquatic Systems

"...Recent Findings We present exemplary cases that cover (1) the conservation and management of native species in systems impacted by invasive species, (2) life history evolution impacts on the management of fisheries, (3) predictions of the interaction between changing environments and management decisions, and (4) testing factors that drive system dynamics in order to prioritize management decisions..."

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Assessing molecular diversity among 87 species of the Quercus L. genus by RAPD markers

"...Nowadays, the reduction of Quercus biodiversity is becoming a matter of global concern, and several oak species have been included in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species..."

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Terrestrial Mammals of the United Arab Emirates

"...National conservation programmes, and creation of new protected areas might contribute to improving their status along with increased scientific research efforts to fill the knowledge gaps on their status and ecology..."

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