Wildlife Blog

Make Monitoring Easy!

Coyote on trail cam. Photo courtesy of Vulcan Materials Company.

By Colleen Beaty, Conservation Writer Monitoring is an important part of every habitat enhancement project. When you monitor a project after you’ve put it into place, you can track its progress and see what worked and what didn’t, and then use that information when making future management decisions for the project. Making note of the wildlife you see using your project, whether it be a large-scale planting like a prairie restoration or a small-scale structure like a nest box, gives you information about whether the project is successfully providing quality habitat, and to which species. I know that it can [more…]

Call to WHC Industrial Company Members! Please Complete Short Survey Aimed at Improving Efficiency of Natural Resource Restoration Project Cataloging!

Ad-Hoc Industry

By: Barbara J. Goldsmith, Director of the Ad-Hoc Industry Natural Resource Management Group The Ad-Hoc Industry Natural Resource Management Group (“Group”), a WHC member, has developed a nationwide Natural Resource Restoration Projects Catalog in collaboration with US Department of the Interior, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and other federal and state government partners. The Group is reaching out to WHC industrial company members with the request to complete a short survey on restoration projects involving your company. Companies completing this survey will have full access to the Restoration Projects Catalog! For more information and the survey, please click [more…]

National Bat Week 2014

Photo courtesy of Ohio DNR.

By Colleen Beaty, Conservation Writer, Wildlife Habitat Council My colleagues and friends are all pretty familiar with my fondness for bats. With their fuzzy backs and twitchy little ears – not to mention their penchant for eating the mosquitos that eat me alive every summer- what’s not to love? I’ve even written about them several times already for the Wildlife Blog, such as my post on celebrating bats for Halloween and my post about the Year of the Bat. I’m so happy, then, that this week (October 26 – November 1, 2014) is National Bat Week, led by organizations such [more…]

Announcing Our Symposium Keynote Speaker

Andrew Winston

We are thrilled to announce that our keynote speaker for the 26th Annual Symposium is noted author and globally recognized expert on green business strategy, Andrew Winston. Andrew returns to the stage at Symposium to present his new book,The Big Pivot, and illustrate why companies need to develop “radically practical strategies for a hotter, scarcer and more open world.” Taking examples from across the world, Andrew examines what he calls the mega challenges of climate change, scarcity, and radical transparency, and shows how companies can implement 10 strategies to move boldly forward in a new reality. This address will set the [more…]

If You Missed Spraying Your Phragmites This Year—What Now?

Photo courtesy of Bob Williams, phragmites.org

Based on a presentation by Bob Williams, www.phragmites.org In the Great Lakes region, September is prime time for treating phragmites with herbicide—which, at this point, is a key part of effective control. In September, the reeds are transferring nutrients down to the roots, making herbicide transport more thorough. Plus, in most years, the ground is dryer in August and September, expanding the area where non-wetland-approved chemicals can be used. That’s an especially critical factor in Ontario. But if you didn’t start planning earlier this year, chances are you didn’t spray in those months. Is there a way to get started [more…]

BASF Corporation’s Fighting Island Wins 2014 Regional Corporate Habitat of the Year

Photo courtesy of BASF Corporation.

by Mary Bohling, Extension Educator, Michigan Sea Grant BASF-owned Fighting Island, in the Canadian waters of the Detroit River between Wyandotte, Michigan, and LaSalle, Ontario, was used by the previous owner to store lime tailings. Today, the 1,200-acre island provides much-needed habitat in the region and is the foundation for extensive nature education programs. The WHC Huron to Erie Project’s awards committee named BASF Fighting Island the Regional Corporate Habitat of the Year because of the depth and breadth of that wildlife program. Their efforts include everything from invasive species management and habitat restoration for endangered lake sturgeon to providing [more…]

GM’s Milford Proving Ground Recognized as ‘Seedling Corporate Habitat of the Year’

Photo courtesy of General Motors.

by Luba Sitar, ITC The WHC Huron to Erie Project’s Seedling Corporate Habitat of the Year Award is given to a program that has been WHC-certified for two years or less. General Motor’s Milford Proving Ground (MPG) in Milford, Michigan, was this year’s award winner. The proving ground site was selected based on several factors. The MPG wildlife team established new habitat, targeted enhancements for a specific endangered species, included a monitoring component in the projects, and involved volunteers from the community. In 2011, the facility began two new green construction projects: ·        Renovation of the main lobby and entrance-area landscaping, and [more…]

The Many Benefits of Urban Trees

An example of the high value urban trees provide to an urban area. Source: Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources

By Colleen Beaty, Conservation Writer Last week I read a fascinating article about urban forestry, which argued that strategically reforesting a 1.5-square-mile area in Houston could help reduce ozone pollution in the city. Using weather data and computer models, researchers estimated that a freshly-grown forest could remove as much as 310 tons of ozone from the atmosphere over the course of 30 years. This got me thinking about the various merits of urban forests. Did you know that even individual trees provide a multitude of benefits to urban areas? One of the most obvious and visible benefits is the habitat [more…]

Register for August’s Conservation Academy Course!

Landfill leachate treatment for heavy metals before treatment.
Photo courtesy of Roux Associates.

By Julie Napolitano, Education Assistant, Wildlife Habitat Council Don’t miss this month’s Conservation Academy course, August 20, 2014 at 1:00pm ET, which focuses on green infrastructure and how you can integrate wildlife habitat into water treatment areas. Unfamiliar with the Wildlife Habitat Council’s Conservation Academy? It’s our web-based learning community, bringing together expertise of Wildlife Habitat Council biologists, education specialists, and our partners in the non-profit and government community, to offer a professional development option through online courses. REGISTER HERE Our August course features Kathryn Sommo, Senior Biologist of Roux Associates, and Colleen Beaty, Senior Research Assistant of the Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC), for [more…]

Providing Homes for Burrowing Owls

By Colleen Beaty, Senior Research Assistant WHC member Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. recently partnered up with WHC’s Tucson office and the Arizona-based raptor rescue organization Wild at Heart to construct artificial burrows for rescued burrowing owls at Freeport’s Safford Operations facility. Freeport produced a video about this project and gave us permission to share it. You can watch the video below to see the volunteers in action and find out more about this fantastic project: If you live out in the western parts of the U.S., you may recognize the burrowing owl (Athene cunicularia). Unlike most owls, they are [more…]