I recently shared a story about the Chinese government’s worrying decision to lift a ban on the use of tiger and rhino parts in traditional Chinese medicine. Now, thankfully, China has decided to keep the ban in place for the time being. The demand for tiger and rhino parts in traditional Chinese medicine is partially […]

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The Very Rare Mountain Woodland Caribou

Mountain Woodland Caribou  (Rangifer tarandus) are the most critically endangered mammal in the U.S., with only a few dozen residing for part of the year in the mountainous Selkirks of Northern Idaho and Northeastern Washington State.

In pioneer times, this,  and a related sub-species,  ranged widely from Maine to Washington State in the northern part of the U.S. Only about 2000 remain word wide.

A small population exists in Canada, near the US Idaho and Washington borders.

Risks to the current populations include climate change, poaching, disturbance from the noise of industrial activities such as oil drilling, mining, artificial light, parasites, disease, and continuous human encroachment including habitat disturbances like road building, development, etc.

This is a very sensitive species, that does not suffer changes and disturbances well.

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CABI experts in the field of classical biological control are leading the fight to manage one of the UK’s most invasive weeds – Himalayan balsam – thanks to the nationwide release of the rust fungus Puccinia komarovii var. glanduliferae. Dr Carol Ellison, who has over 30 years’ experience of the biological control of weeds using […]

via CABI scientists are leading the fight to control one of the UK’s most invasive weeds – Himalayan balsam — The Invasives Blog