What’s Causing Deadly Outbreaks of Fungal Diseases in World’s Wildlife?

Read the full story at Yale Environment 360.

An unprecedented global wave of virulent fungal infections is decimating whole groups of animals — from salamanders and frogs, to snakes and bats. While scientists are still trying to understand the causes, they are pointing to intercontinental travel, the pet trade, and degraded habitat as likely factors.

Unnatural Balance: How Food Waste Impacts World’s Wildlife

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New research indicates that the food discarded in landfills and at sea is having a profound effect on wildlife populations and fisheries. But removing that food waste creates its own ecological challenges.

9 animals that are feeling the impacts of climate change #askInterior

Read the full post from the U.S. Department of the Interior. Have questions about how climate change is impacting wildlife, how they are adapting and what you can do to help? Join DOI for a Twitter chat on Wednesday, November 18, at 1 pm ET. Submit your questions on Twitter or Facebook using #askInterior or email them to newmedia@ios.doi.gov.

Climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our time. We are already seeing its effects with rising seas, catastrophic wildfires and water shortages. These changes are not only having a dramatic impact on diverse ecosystems but also on the wildlife that call these places home. Here are 9 species that are already being affected by climate change.

Obama just announced the first new marine sanctuaries in 15 years

Read the full story in the Washington Post.

At the second annual Our Ocean conference, which opened Monday in Chile, world leaders will address the challenges to marine ecosystems around the globe and announce the extra steps they are taking to protect the world’s oceans. And during today’s open statements, both the U.S. and Chilean governments helped to kick things off by announcing steps to create several new marine sanctuaries.

In a video message to conference attendees, President Obama announced plans for two new marine sanctuaries, one off the coast of Maryland, and the other in Lake Michigan. They’ll be the first new national marine sanctuaries designated by the federal government in the past 15 years.

Climate change threatens perch, other warm-water fish

Read the full story at Great Lakes Echo.

Some fish may find that short, warm winters are not fun in the sun, according to a recent study of Lake Erie perch.

In fact, climate change may cause more harm to certain fish than researchers once thought.

Fish living in mild-temperature regions benefit from some aspects of climate change, such as more water flowing through rivers. But the negative impacts outweigh the positive ones, according to the study “Short Winters Threaten Temperate Fish Populations” published in Nature Communications last July.

Wisconsin DNR asks for hunters to record their wildlife observations

With the start of deer hunting in Wisconsin for 2015 when the archery season opens Sept. 12, state wildlife officials are kicking off the seventh annual Deer Hunter Wildlife Survey, an easy-to-do survey where hunters can record their observations of deer and other wildlife while out hunting. Survey results help track population trends for Wisconsin’s deer herd and other wildlife.

“The Deer Hunter Wildlife Survey is a fun opportunity for hunters to share their enthusiasm for wildlife while helping survey efforts,” says Jes Rees Lohr, wildlife research scientist with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

The DNR asks hunters to record all of their hunting activity throughout the deer season, even if no wildlife sightings were made during a hunt. The observations provide the DNR with an index to abundance for many wildlife species. In 2014, there were more than 15,000 trips logged totaling more than 66,000 hours of observations. In addition, hunters reported a total of 5,634 bucks, 13,419 does and 8,253 fawns. Since starting in 2009, the Deer Hunter Wildlife Survey has reported more than 80,000 hunting trips from hunters all around the state.

At the end of each year, participants will receive a personalized summary of all recorded wildlife from that season. Participants can access the survey webpage by going to the DNR website, dnr.wi.gov, and search keywords “Deer Hunter Wildlife.” Tally sheets can be filled out either electronically or printed from the site. The survey period ends January 2016

Lastly, don’t forget to keep sending in your trail camera photos. The trail camera gallery can be accessed through the Deer Hunter Wildlife Survey webpage. Check back often as the site is updated as soon as new photos are sent in.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Jessica Rees Lohr, wildlife research scientist, 608-221-6349.