environment

WHC Receives Illinois DNR Grant to Benefit Lake Michigan Shoreline

Fellow Chicago Field Office staffer Shelley Cabrera and I recently attended a press conference given by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn at Chicago’s Oak Street Beach. We were there on a sunny spring Saturday to hear the governor announce that WHC was one of 26 beneficiaries of a $1.6 million investment in environmental and education projects […]

A Hands-On Approach to Building the STEM Workforce of Tomorrow

STEM–the acronym deployed to cover the disciplines of science, engineering, technology and math–is a hot topic right now. Statistics and studies point to a deficit in appropriately trained STEM graduates to meet the workforce demands of the future although governments, institutions, and NGOs advance STEM training as having great social and economic benefit to individuals […]

The Night I Saw an Eastern Tiger Salamander

Way back in college I took a Herpetology class, which included four outdoor field trips. One of my fondest memories from that class is our nighttime field trip to a large vernal pool in a nearby forest. There was, of course, an abundance of spring peepers and other tree frogs, complete with the cacophony of […]

Bringing Nature to the Human Workplace

The board of the Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC) recently met at the 79th North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference in Denver that brought together nearly 900 conservation professionals from state and federal agencies and non-profit organizations from across North America. By embedding our board meeting in the conference, we were able to build new […]

Connecting to Enhance WHC Certification

In early February, the Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC) convened an impressive group of stakeholders to kick-start the design phase of an enhanced certification program that, when launched, will incorporate contemporary conservation and education initiatives to ensure and incentivize the best conservation projects and education programs across WHC’s membership. This meeting was attended by representatives from […]

Wildlife in Winter: Now You See Me…

It just snowed (again) out here on the East Coast, so it seems only fitting that I wrap up our “Wildlife in Winter” blog series by talking about how some animals camouflage themselves in the winter to blend in with snow. In the warm months, species like the snowshoe hare sport a brown fur coat […]

Recognize Endangered Species Day on May 16

What do a Brown pelican, Morelet’s crocodile, and Maguire daisy have in common?  They are all species which, due to their recovery in the last few years, have been “delisted” from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Endangered Species List.  While regulation has no doubt aided in the recovery of these species, public awareness and education, […]

Wildlife in Winter: Catching Prey Under the Snow

Last week I wrote about how some animals like voles, mice, and shrews utilize subnivean habitats as a way to stay warm and avoid being seen by predators while they forage. Of course, predators need to eat too. And while the snow allows the rodents to stay out of sight, there are several predators such […]

Wildlife in Winter: Finding Cover Under the Snow

Here in the Mid-Atlantic region, we’ve been experiencing snowfall on almost a weekly basis for the last month or so.  And while all this snow causes school shutdowns and traffic headaches for us, some of the local small mammals, like voles, mice, and shrews, do very well by staying beneath the snow. This type of […]

Wildlife in Winter: Hibernation

Last week I wrote about migration as a strategy for surviving the colder temperatures and food shortages during the winter. However, a number of other animal species have instead evolved to use winter dormancy to make it through the winter. Hibernation is a type of winter dormancy typically employed by mammals. Other species such as […]
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