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Did you miss our recent webinar on reducing #HumanWildlifeConflict in the context of engaging communities to tackle illegal wildlife trade (#IWT)?

Well, you're in luck... We've got all the presentations, videos and follow-up in one thread!👇 African wild dog
The webinar began with an intro to the First Line of Defence initiative, from @HollyDublin1: iucn.org/regions/easter…

This uses an interactive methodology, underpinned by a theory of change, to help engage communities more directly in the design of projects to tackle #IWT.
.@HollyDublin1's presentation focused on one of 4 key pathways central to effective community participation: decreasing the costs of living with wildlife.

She used 2 examples from Kenya to highlight the importance of understanding local contexts --> slideshare.net/IIEDslides/fir…
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Today at #CovidTownHall: @JonnaMazet! #Epidemiologist & executive director of @OneHealthUCD at #1 vet school @ucdavisvetmed. On board of directors for @GlobalVirome, served on #USAIDPredict to find emerging viruses before they spread to humans. 1/3
ohi.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/people/jonna-m…
More from @JonnaMazet:
@TEDMED talk “What If We Could Immunize the World Against Pandemics?"
@KnowableMag (4.16.20)
knowablemagazine.org/article/health…
@KCBSRadio (4.6.20)
kcbsradio.radio.com/media/audio-ch…
@OneHealthUCD #COVID19 Town Hall (4.9.20)
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For those who can't attend today's #CovidTownHall at 3:30pm PDT with @JonnaMazet, you can access all recorded meetings ~24hr after here: video.ucdavis.edu/channel/channe…,
including those with @phylogenomics, @DrABrashear, @JamesEKHildreth, @sociovirology, & Brad Pollock 3/3
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“Rapid assessment of avian species richness and abundance using acoustic indices” – New paper with @bunnefeld @_birdyNick @SWillis_Durham @DaisyDentauthors.elsevier.com/sd/article/S14…

#Birds #Bioacoustics & #Conservation See thread to find out more 1/10 Image
An acoustic index is a metric derived from audio recordings, simplifying the complexity of sound into a single number. If we can find associations between acoustic indices and classic biodiversity metrics like species richness, it could facilitate monitoring on a huge scale. 2/10 Image
In our paper, we show consistent and coherent links between nine different acoustic indices and avian species richness and relative abundance. 3/10 Image
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The most frustrating part of #TigerKingNetflix was that the directors brought up real conservation and animal welfare issues, but had no unbiased experts to debunk misinformation. This is a thread of experts' posts on #TigerKing about these issues. Please add ones I miss.
First, Dr. @TaraPirie explains in @ConversationUK why releasing captive big cats into the wild won't work. Essentially, animals born outside of accredited zoos (@zoos_aquariums in the US) do nothing for #conservation.

theconversation.com/tiger-king-why…
Next this piece in @PBSNature by @sguynup + @swfoto, journalists who spent years documenting the captive tiger tourism industry in the US by "investigating hands-on tiger attractions that heavily breed, use, and then dump tiger cubs for profit."
pbs.org/wnet/nature/bl…
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Dear #Bat1K community! Facing the current situation we have something to share with you. Please keep on reading this thread on #bats and #COVIDー19 🦇👇 1/n
We all find ourselves in the midst of a #global #pandemic. Our life is changing and we all have to adapt. Meanwhile, we get to hear the news, densely packed with the #coronavirus, the disease it causes, and also: #bats. 2/n
#Researchers around the globe are doing their best to quickly understand the virus and its outbreak. Nevertheless, the rush to report and communicate complex scientific results has sometimes led to confusion, mistrust and ultimately even fear and hatred towards #bats 3/n
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Global shifts in mammalian population trends reveal key predictors of virus spillover risk. Out in Proc Royal Society B @RSocPublishing @CKreuderJohnson @EpiCenterUCD @PREDICTproject @OneHealthUCD @ucdavisvetmed @LairmoreDVMDean @NIH doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2…
Co-authors include @petaleeh @PanditPranav, @SmileyTierra, Julie Rushmore, Cristin Young, and Megan Doyle. The study was supported by @PREDICTproject and @NIH
The study concludes that the exploitation of natural habitats is not only a conservation issue, but an important driver of spillover transmission zoonotic viruses. Here is a thread that discusses three key points highlighted from study.
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All about #WetMarket - Things you should know! Thread!

We are familiar with the term 'Market' which has been a place of prime trade, since the days of Barter System. Broadly categorised as Dry & Wet based on the products - Fabrics, Electronics & those dry come under former. 1+
Wet Markets are places where seafood, meat, live animals are sold/butchered.
These are there around the world.

Are these places a source of deadly virus and bacteria?
Not necessarily. As long as these markets sell only fresh products like seafood, meat, poultry prdts.. 2+
When does this Wet market becomes a matter of serious concern?
When they sell Captive animals tht are of wild nature & not domesticated which means those animals did not take any vaccines or medications. Naturally, wild animals have microbes owing to their habitat in d forest. 3+
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A thread to cover some of the major - and I mean seriously, shockingly major - gaps, mistakes and problems with the #environmental impact assessment for Montijo airport in #Portugal.

First up: no #fieldwork. AT ALL. 1/
That's right – the EIA of a major international #airport proposed for the country’s most important #wetland site for #bird #conservation didn’t bother to actually count any #birds.

Instead, they depended on studies already published for other reasons.

How did that work out? 2/
Well, the data on birds feeding in the #intertidal- the largest and most important #habitat in the #SPA- was collected in 2002-3.

In the 17 years since, the #Tagus has changed a lot for birds. Improved #water treatment but drastic increase in #shellfish harvesting. 3/
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Revealing & important article in today’s @expresso on political interference in the approval of Montijo airport:
“Montijo airport was approved despite thumbs down from technical staff”

Thread to translate the main points 1/11

leitor.expresso.pt/semanario/sema…
Technical staff at #ICNF (Institute for Conservation of Nature & Forests, part of @govpt) told bosses to reject the application, early in the evaluation.

“The project will have significant, permanent & irreversible negative impacts on the avifauna of the estuary.” 2/11
Internal doc signed by techs and directors highlights that “affecting 20% of #birds’ feeding area risks the integrity of the whole SPA”

It concluded, considering #BirdsDirective of @EU_ENV, that their verdict “must be negative”, on pain of “possible future community litigation”
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#Farmers are standing up for some basic needs, the #FarmersBillOfRights. We need these in order to survive as producers & caretakers of our shared land, water, soil, & communities. Join our fight!
Thanks to the original co-sponsors: @RepDebHaaland, @chelliepingree & @CoryBooker
@RepDebHaaland @chelliepingree @CoryBooker Learn more about the #FarmersBillOfRights by reading this quick synopsis: bit.ly/3bjDITB
@RepDebHaaland @chelliepingree @CoryBooker 1) RIGHT TO FAIR, OPEN MARKETS: We need #competitive marketplaces to buy seeds, supplies & goods, & sell the fruits of our labor. It's become nearly impossible for independent rural businesses to compete with multinational #monopolies. Farmers need strong #antitrust. #bustupbigag
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We are excited to share our pub in #EvolutionaryApplications bit.ly/2GH3tzr comparing relatedness estimates for pairing recommendations in critically #endangered #birds from #Aotearoa #NZ 🇳🇿. See this #SciComm 🧵 for more! #Conservation #Genomics #ConGen #ConSERTeam 1/13
Around the 🌏, #conservation breeding programmes strategically pair the least related individuals to enhance recovery. This is like #Tinder for threatened species, only more information goes into pairing than swiping ⬅️ or ➡️. See my #3MT for more! 2/13

It’s important to get the relatedness value right for pairing, because mating between close relatives can result in negative fitness consequences, like ⬇️ hatching success 🐣(see bit.ly/3b4IILO). 3/13
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Dear @nytimes @cnn @vice @newsroomnz @thescientistllc @businessinsider @bbcnews @LaVanguardia @diariARA @NatureNews @sciencemagazine I suggest to every one of you to carefully and honestly think and reply to a very simple question regarding #bats #conservation #virus & #ethics.
"A casual family wth 2 lovely children lives in the countryside, near a cave hosting thousands of bats. They never had an issue with them and don't know much about bats... but now they've read your most recent news and headings about #coronavirus. What would they immediately do?"
Let me give my personal view as a bat ecologist "They would probably seal the cave or massively kill as many bats as possible. Some could hopefully escape, but the colony wouldn't definitely be back." But don't misunderstand me. It is 100% logical, and I would have done the same.
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A detailed #thread on the important #schemes launched by Sri #NarendraModi led #BJP Govt.

Sri @narendramodi ji has launched many #welfare schemes. These #schemes varies from welfare of #Farmers, #housewives, #labourers, #students to small #shopkeepers etc.
@PMOIndia @BJP4India
1. PM-KISAN: This scheme promises to pay all poor #farmers (small and marginal farmers having lands up to 2 hectares) Rs 6,000 each every year in 3 installments through Direct #Bank Transfer. It would reportedly benefit around 14.5 crore farmers all over #India.
2. Pradhan Mantri #Kisan Pension Yojana: To address the problems of farm sector distress, the Modi 2.0 Cabinet has approved a proposal to provide small and marginal #farmers with a minimum Rs 3,000 per #month fixed #pension, costing Rs 10,774.5 crore per annum to the exchequer.
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*THREAD* Second session today at #RSPBScieConf19 features @Natures_Voice work on "Saving Nature Through People" #conservationscience #socialscience
@Natures_Voice First up: @tomswinfield on tropical forest restoration🌴🌳 Private sector restoration concessions must be profitable if they are to be a scaleable restoration option. An enabling regulatory environment is needed. @hutan_harapan @ICRAF @BurungIndonesia #RSPBScieConf19
@Natures_Voice @Tomswinfield @hutan_harapan @ICRAF @BurungIndonesia Next, Sierra Leone: Reconciling #biodiversity and #livelihoods in high biodiversity developing world settings is a perennial problem. New @Darwin_Defra project seeks to achieve this goal in greater #Gola landscape @FionaJSanderson bit.ly/2qCUlrc bit.ly/33n1Tve
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*THREAD* This #RSPBScieConf19 session thread presents advances in @Natures_Voice's goal to champion land well-managed for nature #ornithology #conservationscience
@Natures_Voice Now @Tomfinch89 shows that combining high-yield farmland with natural habitat and low-yield farmland can reconcile conflict between food production and nature conservation @RSPBScience @_BTO @CamZoology @savebutterflies and @NaturalEngland.

*Paper here* conbio.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.111…
@Natures_Voice @tomfinch89 @_BTO @CamZoology @savebutterflies @NaturalEngland In the first of a set of #agri-environment talks @pebellamy tests the effectiveness of targeted grants in delivering increases in #woodland birds @ForestryComm @NaturalEngland #RSPBScieConf19
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This thread is a story about 'The Beasts of Oseberg'- five exquisitely carved and mysterious #Viking Age objects @kulturhistorisk
Photo: Kirsten Helgeland
@Kulturhistorisk Many will have seen pictures of these animal heads found in the ship burial of Oseberg, AD 834. The heads where originally five in number: The Academic, The Lions head, The Carolingian and The Baroque head no.1 and no.2.
Photo: Kirsten Helgeland
@Kulturhistorisk Each head is about 50 cm in length. A straight handle (50-75cm) was attached near the base. If held by the handle only it would be possible but not easy to balance the head upright. Besides the handle the heads are not parts of a vehicle or furniture. Their use seem inscrutable.
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#Inktober catch up 31/31 #Cuckoo #inktoberredlist I had to finish off with the cuckoo, as they symbolise for me what has been called 'shifting baseline' syndrome. My 'nature' base line of growing up the UK in the 70's was full of insects, and birds.
Huge flocks of sparrows, starlings and lapwing. So many flies and insects that we needed a fly screen on the back door. Thunderbugs and ladybird swarms. The car bonnet covered in insects after a short journey. The sound of cuckoo's every Spring. Dead hedgehogs on the roads!
That was my 'normal'. For most of my children's generation that has changed, to the point where they don't even know the names of everyday birds, because they've never seen one. @robgmacfarlane and @JackieMorrisArt writing a book, The Lost Words, to help children 'rediscover' and
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A starving #SunBear begs for food in an #Indonesia ZOO
This isn't new news😔
In 2017, Scorpion Foundation: "90% of Zoo's in Indonesia are unfit"
Under the guise of #CONservation is how these 84+ Zoo's operate

🔎 scmp.com/lifestyle/trav…

.@Menlu_RI .@GrandIndo

#AnimalAbuse 🆘
2/ #Indonesia ZOO'S = #AnimalAbuse
The Ministry of Environment & Forestry regulates these Zoo's
&
Secretary General of Indonesia Zoo Association👉 #TonnySumampau does nothing

In 2013 the #surabaya Zoo, 130 animals died
In 2014 it was called the #ZooOfDeath

.@Menlu_RI
3/ #Indonesia ZOO'S = #AnimalAbuse

There are daily #AnimalRights VIOLATIONS committed by these Zoo's -
Which can be enforced under the Criminal Code BUT law enforcement officials will not.

Starvation
Beatings
Forced to perform
Unsanitary conditions EXTREME

.@Menlu_RI
#news
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With #Halloween approaching, what haunts you? I often worry about how quickly #animals are going extinct, and especially #frogs. Here's some of the ways your support can help me prevent then from becoming #environmental ghosts: patreon.com/MyFrogCroaked #FridayFeeling #FrogFriday
Did you know? Many baby #frogs (tadpoles) act as “river lawn mowers” by grazing on algae and plant material that falls into rivers. Their presence helps protect clean water which people and #wildlife both depend on. #FrogFriday
Also, #frogs may help control the spread of human #diseases spread by #insects, like #malaria, dengue & Zika. The tadpoles of some frog species are carnivorous & kill mosquito eggs & larvae. Keeping frogs healthy can help keep people healthy too patreon.com/MyFrogCroaked #OneHealth
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Visiting #LaReunion allowed for a very special adventure with my 8-month old son. We wanted to see one of the rarest birds in the world before it disappeared: the Reunion Cuckoo-shrike.

This is a thread about #birds, #birding, fatherhood, #biodiversity and #extinction ... 1/13
@Team_eBird @BirdLife_News @BirdWatchingMag @Natures_Voice @WildlifeMag @Britnatureguide @RareBirdAlertUK @extinctsymbol @BirdNoteRadio 2. What does #extinction mean? What does it feel like? How does our species internalise, let alone rationalise, the loss of another?

Perhaps, like the Universe itself, the #anthropocene sixth mass extinction is too big, too abstract, just too *much*, for us to absorb.
@Team_eBird @BirdLife_News @BirdWatchingMag @Natures_Voice @WildlifeMag @Britnatureguide @RareBirdAlertUK @extinctsymbol @BirdNoteRadio 3. So let's focus on just one species: a bird few have heard of, and fewer would likely think or care about. A type of cuckoo-shrike found only on #Reunion, the next-door island to my home in #Madagascar.

A bird from an island where avian extinctions have already occurred.
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When I first came to Borneo in 1990, I flew across the whole island looking down on endless perfect forest. Not any more. Making a program on deforestation and palm oil is so frustrating & depressing. Inside the forest the wild orchestra is deafening. cont...
Biodiversity is close to zero. We’ve been nose to nose with sun bear & orang utan orphaned & homeless. Been in perfect riverside forest but finding it only extends metres from the banks. cont...
But there MUST be positivity. Buying and protecting forests is one solution World Land Trust Sustainable palm oil is another; strips of forest within the plantations, encouraging epiphytes and other plants beneath the palms. cont..
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It’s time for another #ORNITHOLODAY! Tweeting today are @hemmingsnicola1, members of her @sheffieldAPS team including @fay_morland, and collaborators @ZSLScience @kikaB8 & @Belfast_Ash9 (we’ll introduce ourselves properly shortly!) #ornithology #teamegg
We’ll be delivering dozens of amazing egg facts throughout the day (08:00-15:00 UTC) #ORNITHOLODAY #teamegg
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Hawai’i is the #EndangeredSpecies capital of the 🌎and May 17th is #EndangeredSpeciesDay. But through proactive #conservation efforts, hope and beauty 🌺 remain. Here is the week’s ABC’s of #SavingSpecies throughout the Pacific islands.

[Photo by David Sischo] A snail with a brown and yellow striped shell on a leaf with red flowers in the background
🅰️is for 🅰️uwahi Restoration

25% of Hawaiian endangered plant taxa are from dry forests. #Conservation agencies, volunteers, and landowners of ‘Ulupalakua Ranch are changing that future by planting these🌱at Auwahi

Read more: rebrand.ly/y8eko6
[Photo: M. Oppenheimer/PEPP] A plant with a small, yellow flower with 7 long petals and black and orange seeds.
🅱️ is for the Yellow-Faced 🅱️ee
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The first 🐝 to be federally listed as Endangered are Hawai’i’s endemic yellow-faced bees! The Service’s Coastal Program works with universities, the State, and community to protect them
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Read more: goo.gl/Pdtaao
Photo by J. Graham A small insect with a yellow face sits on the petal of a half-flower that is white.
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