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WSU research highlights deforestation threat to jaguars

By Will Ferguson, College of Arts & Sciences

PULLMAN, Wash. – Accelerating deforestation of jaguar habitat, especially in corridors connecting conservation areas, threatens the long-term survival of the iconic predator, according to new research by Dan Thornton, an assistant professor in the Washington State University School of the Environment. » More …

Through May: Library features wildlife photos by vet student

By Nella Letizia, WSU Libraries

PULLMAN, Wash. – Not much is different about the two side-by-side photographs of fourth-year Washington State University veterinary student Seth Bynum. He’s seated in the back of the same Chevy Tahoe, wearing a short-sleeved shirt, shorts, sandals and long hair, holding up a hand-lettered sign with the words “Montana or Bust.” » More …

Weighing benefits, risks of wild birds on organic farms

By Sylvia Kantor, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

Bluebird-80PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University will help organic growers protect human health by assessing the risks and benefits of wild birds on organic farms. Researchers received nearly $2 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Organic Research and Extension Initiative to conduct the study. » More …

Video: Veterinary college nursing orphaned baby raccoons

By Charlie Powell, College of Veterinary Medicine

raccoonPULLMAN, Wash. – Six orphaned newborn raccoons, called kits, are being bottle-fed at Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Feedings are every three hours. The kits are about four inches long. » More …

Small acreage stewardship curriculum wins award

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A curriculum developed to help the growing number of small acreage landowners become good land stewards has been named winner of a national award by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service.

 

“Living on the Land,” the curriculum developed by an eight-state team, is being awarded the CSREES Partnership Award for Multi-state Efforts. The team is led by Susan Donaldson of University of Nevada Cooperative Extension and includes Doug Stienbarger, director of WSU Clark County Extension.

 

Stienbarger coauthored both lessons in the first module of the curriculum, reviewed the entire curriculum to recommend modifications, and … » More …

WSU natural resource scientist overturns assumptions

PULLMAN– The Wildlife Society has honored coauthors Donald Katnik and Robert Wielgus with its 2006 Outstanding Publication Award for a paper that overturns widely held notions of resource use and avoidance by animals in the wild. The results described in the paper will likely change the way assessments of habitat and wildlife -especially endangered species – are conducted.Wielgus is director of the Large Carnivore Conservation Laboratory at Washington State University. Katnik, now at the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, is a former WSU graduate student in Natural Resource Sciences who was under the direction of Wielgus. The paper is a result of Katnik’s doctoral … » More …