News Updates

Wildlife Crossings June 30, 2020

In June, the House of Representatives included dedicated funding in the INVEST in America Act (HR2) to reduce wildlife-vehicle collisions. Renee Callahan, Senior Policy Officer for our Partner, the Center for Large Landscape Conservation (CLLC), noted that wildlife-vehicle collisions cost over $8 billion a year but that wildlife crossing structures have been shown to reduce collisions by as much as 97 percent. A Senate bill (S2302) also includes $250 million for wildlife crossing construction.
At the same time, the Road Ecology Center at the University of California-Davis has released a report on the lower death tolls for large wildlife during traffic reductions caused by COVID-19 stay-at-home orders in California, Idaho and Maine as follows.
State Average # Large Wildlife Killed daily from 2015-2019 Average # Large Wildlife Killed daily in 2020 post-stay home orders % Reduction in 2020
CA 8.4 6.6 21%
ID 8.7 5.4 38%
ME 15.2 8.4 45%

Can a COVID Recovery Avoid Single-use Plastics? June 8, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has increased demand for disposable plastics, even though they clog landfills and pollute the ocean. But single-use plastics are a growing problem argues Kristin Hughes in DevEx, and governments should address plastic pollution and press for greater use of recycled plastic as part of efforts to recover from the pandemic.

Creating Coral’s “Book of Life” June 8, 2020

Coral reefs around the planet are being threatened by climate change, as warmer and more acidic waters cause ecosystems to die off. A team of scientists wants to counteract this trend by using cryopreservation, which stores frozen coral samples to prevent species from going extinct, explains UN News.

Pets and Coronavirus: An Update

In the last WellBeing News (Issue 2:4), we ran a short item on pets and the coronavirus. We would like to draw readers’ attention to an excellent new review of all the studies to date that have looked at the potential for pets to catch the coronavirus and pass it to their human guardians. The review, “Infected not infectious,” was produced by the International Companion Animal Management Coalition (ICAM) and provides summaries of the available studies on pets and coronavirus as of May 14, as well as a nifty graphic showing the numbers of humans, dogs and cats that have been reported as having been infected by the coronavirus.
Graph showing the numbers of humans, dogs and cats that have been reported as having been infected by the coronavirus.
Cat Conflicts: Conservationists and Protectionists Remain at Odds but the Conflict Might be Ameliorating
June 30, 2020
by John Hadidian, Ph.D. and Andrew Rowan, D.Phil.
Karuna for Corona- Feeding the Homeless Dogs
June 14, 2020
IUCN ‘Guidelines for Conserving Connectivity through Ecological Networks and Corridors’
May 30, 2020
By Rachel Caldwell
Conservation Program Officer, Center for Large Landscape Conservation
Don’t Blame Wildlife for Covid-19
April 30, 2020
By Mark Jones BVSc, MSc (Stir), MSc (UL), MRCVS,
Head of Policy, Born Free Foundation
A Flying Fox (Bat) – Yarra Bend Park, Melbourne, Australia by CraigRJD
The Context for the Coronavirus Pandemic
March 31, 2020
By WellBeing International
Impact of the Coronavirus Outbreak on Wildlife
February 26, 2020
By Andrew Rowan
Photo by: REST-Maria Diekmann
Australian Bushfires – Hell on Earth for People, but especially for Wildlife
January 29, 2020
By Michael Kennedy, AM (Member of the Order of Australia)
In Search of Explanations and the Truth
February 27, 2020
By WellBeing International
Photo by: Ondreji Presicky