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Experts in Ecology and Statistics explore cutting-edge methods

(December 30, 2016) MEDIA CONTACTS:Dr. Arjun Gopalaswamy, [arjungswamy@gmail.com], Phone: 8050821192Dr. Ullas Karanth, [ukaranth@gmail.com], Phone: 080-2211-8976Prof. Mohan Delampady, [mohan@ms.isibang.ac.in]India’s first workshop on Statistical Ecology conducted in collaboration by Indian Statistical Institute-Bangalore and Wildlife Conservation Society’s India ProgramInter-disciplinary team of leading experts in statistics, ecology and conservation meet to explore cutting edge methods of gathering and...

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Western Ghats Coffee Plantations Sustain High Bird Diversity in India

(September 24, 2016) Media contact:Dr. Krithi K. Karanth <krithi.karanth@gmail.com>One of largest scientific assessments of tropical birds in the world, covering an area of 30,000 sq. km in KarnatakaCoffee, rubber and areca agroforests found to support 204 bird species, including 13 endemic birds of the Western GhatsCoffee is richer in birds than areca and rubber, but all three agroforests are important for bird conservation in the GhatsTree cover is an important factor associated with higher bird species...

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Landscape Connectivity Affects Genes to Communities

(August 19, 2016) Media Contact: Dr. Divya Vasudev,<vasudev.divya@gmail.com>+91-96638-99211Connectivity between forest fragments is critical for avoiding extinctionA review of 370 scientific articles reveals that isolation of habitats or wildlife populations almost inevitably has negative impacts such as high mortality, low reproduction and local extinctions. Studies on the impacts of connectivity are sadly lacking in India. Scientists recommend more objective-based assessments to understand impac...

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International Efforts Needed to Save World’s Largest Mammals, Scientists Say

(July 28, 2016) New paper warns of imminent extinction crisis for largest wild animal speciesStudy Link:http://bioscience.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2016/07/25/biosci.biw092doi: 10.1093/biosci/biw092Media ContactJohn Delaney – 718-220-3275; jdelaney@wcs.orgNew York (July 27, 2016) – A team of conservation biologists is calling for a worldwide strategy to prevent the unthinkable: the extinction of the world’s largest mammal species.In a public declaration publishe...

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New book: ‘Recovering biodiversity in Indian forests’

(June 02, 2016) This volume is a collaborative effort among a senior, distinguished officer of the Indian Forest Service and expert ecologistsBook published as part of the Springer Briefs Series - which presents concise summaries of cutting-edge science and practical applications across a variety of fieldsBook details a study on the effect of anthropogenic pressures under different levels of human access and management regimes on biodiversity and wildlifeStudy used advanced methods to assess vegetation, birds a...

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Statement of Concern by Tiger Biologists

(April 16, 2016) On Sunday, April 10th, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and Global Tiger Forum (GTF) issued a report stating that the world’s wild tiger population was on the rise, and on track for a doubling in a decade. We do not find this report1 and its implications scientifically convincing.Having devoted years of our lives to trying to understand and save wild tigers, we believe their conservation should be guided by the best possible science. Using flawed survey methodologies can lead to incorrect con...

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Refuge pockets critical for persistence of Blackbuck in human-dominated landscapes

(March 29, 2016) Study examines how Blackbuck navigate through habitats in the face of threats by predators and anthropological pressuresRefuges allow blackbuck to avoid risk in landscapes with high human-useFood source for blackbuck is determined by changing seasons, leading to flexibility in habitat use by the animalsResults helpful for future land-use planningMarch 28, 2016, Bengaluru: Recent research by a team of scientists from Wildlife Conservation Society India Program, Centre for Wildlife Studies, Centre...

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Conserving Wildlife Across National Boundaries

(March 25, 2016) 1. New trans-boundary project to increase wildlife connectivity between Northeast India and Myanmar2. Community-based conservation is key to successful efforts in Northeast IndiaHistorically, animals like tigers and elephants would freely move between Northeast India and Myanmar. Today, this connectivity is likely broken. Wildlife Conservation Society India Program (WCS India), Nagaland Wildlife and Biodiversity Conservation Trust and WCS Myanmar have collaboratively initiated a long-term vision...

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Camera-trap data subsides rumours of second tiger in Nagaland

(March 25, 2016) • Soon after the shooting of a tiger by anxious villagers, rumours of a second tiger surfaced in Medziphema, Nagaland• In collaboration with Wildlife Conservation Society India Program, the Nagaland Forest Department set up camera traps to confirm the rumours• Seven days of camera-trapping with 17 units allayed fears of tiger presenceNagaland threw up a surprise for wildlife conservationists, particularly those involved with tigers in the country. A dispersing tiger, which landed ...

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How dispersing animals seek mates can influence habitat connectivity

(March 04, 2016) • Mate choice by females can determine how dispersing animals can join new populations• Mate choice alone can lead to isolated populations even in landscapes with continuous habitats• New research findings pinpoint weaknesses in conventional understanding of landscape emphasizing fate of post-dispersal reproductive fate of animals as a key factor.In landscape-scale conservation programs worldwide, connectivity is a critical factor. However, little is known about the influence of b...

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