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Another Record Year for Snowy Owls

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By Colleen Beaty, Conservation Writer, Wildlife Habitat Council  |  January 29, 2015  |   Last winter, the Northeast and Upper Midwest U.S. were treated to sightings of a bird species rarely seen so far south—the snowy owl (Bubo scandiacus). Snowy owls breeding in northern Quebec experienced a record nesting season the previous summer, believed to be linked to a boom of their prey, arctic lemmings. So when it came time for the young owls to disperse in early 2014, many of them (mostly males) had to disperse further south than normal to find food. There was even a snowy owl [more…]

Celebrate World Wetlands Day on February 2

Photo courtesy of Pepco Holdings, Inc.

By Colleen Beaty, Conservation Writer, Wildlife Habitat Council  |  January 22, 2015  |   February 2 of each year is World Wetlands Day, which marks the date that the Convention on Wetlands (also known informally as the Ramsar Convention) was signed in 1971. World Wetlands Day provides private and public entities alike with the opportunity to raise awareness about the importance and value of wetlands. The theme for World Wetlands Day 2015 is “Wetlands for our Future.” Wetlands provide vital habitat to a number of species, including (but certainly not limited to) waterfowl, wading birds, frogs and salamanders, aquatic invertebrates, [more…]

Designing the Ideal Project at Ricoh Group’s West Caldwell Site

Photo courtesy of Ricoh Group.

By Colleen Beaty, Conservation Writer When Yoko Perez started working for the Environmental Team at Ricoh Americas Corporation’s West Caldwell Office in June 2013, she started working to align their Wildlife at Work program with the priorities of Ricoh Group’s biodiversity policy, as well as to better engage employees in the program. She and her team recognized that working with WHC offers the Ricoh Americas branch a unique approach from Ricoh Group’s other branches to aligning with the company’s biodiversity policy. The West Caldwell Office’s Wildlife at Work program includes five pollinator gardens, which were installed last November with the [more…]

This Year’s Christmas Tree, Next Year’s Habitat

Brush pile constructed from evergreen trees. Photo courtesy of the California Dept. of Fish & Game.

By Colleen Beaty, Conservation Writer, Wildlife Habitat Council With the winter holiday season upon us and Christmas only a few days away, many living rooms and office lobbies are now decorated (or soon will be) with live evergreen Christmas trees. But once the holidays are over, what should we do with all of those trees? I suggest using them to create habitat! A post-holiday Christmas tree collection drive through a local school or community center is a great way to reach out to your local community and spread awareness about your habitat enhancement program, while also providing valuable brush for [more…]

Pollinator Information at Lafarge North America’s Sun City Safety Day 2014

Employees visit the pollinator information booth during Lafarge’s Sun City Aggregates Annual Safety Day 2014. Photo courtesy of WHC.

By Christine Felz, Environment and Public Affairs Manager, Lafarge & Maaike Schotborgh, Regional Ecologist, Wildlife Habitat Council Lafarge North America’s Sun City Aggregates site in the Phoenix, Arizona metro area holds an annual Safety Day in recognition of its employees’ safety achievements. At this year’s event, held on November 7, 2014, a pollinator information booth and a safety quiz with pollinator conservation questions were incorporated into the event’s activities. Approximately 80 people participated in the Safety Day, including the site’s employees and their families, neighbors to the site, and other interested members of the public. Additionally, and to assist CEMEX [more…]

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…]