Wildlife & Biodiversity

Here in my home state of Kentucky, less than one-half of 1% of our 25.8 million acres remains in its natural state. Considering that 80% of Kentucky’s wetlands have been destroyed, more than 500 of the Commonwealth’s plants and animal species are considered rare, and environmental degradation impacts one-third of state monitored waterways. Many natural…

Wildlife & Exotic Species

Even when habitat is present for native wildlife, animal populations can be seriously impacted, or even eliminated, as a result of the introduction of exotic or non-native species. Exotic plants and animals are mainly introduced in an area by people. For example, about 25 million homes in the US have exotic birds as pets –…

Wildlife & Endangered Species

Legislation designed to protect certain animals has a long history in the U.S., the first law specifically addressing species threatened with extinction was the Endangered Species Preservation Act of 1966. The Act authorized the Secretary of the Interior to determine what wildlife species were facing extinction in the United States. Today we’ll discuss some aspects of…

Wildlife & Wetlands

Historically, the U.S. has had an abundance and diversity of wetlands. However, the wetlands that exist now may represent only 50% of those seen by pioneers as they advanced across the continent some 200 years ago. The loss of wetlands in this country is of extreme concern to wildlife managers because of the value the…

Wildlife & Fire

The use of fire in wildlife management is a controversial area of research. Resource managers are attempting to counter the “Smoky the Bear” image and show that fire can be a valuable wildlife management tool. So how does fire influence your management area? Wildlife habitat can be positively or negatively impacted by fire. How fire…

Wildlife & Weather

One of the biggest things that can effect the health of your wildlife is something you have no power to control – the weather! So how do wildlife cope with it? Today we’ll find out! Lets get started with a few definitions: Weather: The condition of the atmosphere at a particular place, and during a…

Wildlife Diseases & Habitat Quality

There is a strong correlation between wildlife diseases and their habitats. Today we’ll discuss those diseases and how what’s surrounding them can contribute. More importantly, we’ll also go over diseases that can be passed to us humans and what we can do to prevent them. Before we get started, here are some concepts to keep…

Wildlife Mortality Concepts

There are many types of mortality that wildlife can succumb to. Mortality is merely the cause of death; some being normal and others abnormal. Today we will discuss the differences between the two and the general concepts of mortality that can damage your wildlife populations. Normal Mortality vs. Abnormal Mortality Normal Mortality: Types of mortality…

Mating Systems

Today we’ll discuss the 3 types of Mating Systems: Monogamy, Polygamy, and Promiscuity! But first we shall go over sex ratios before getting into the main topic. Sex Ratios express the relative abundance of each sex in wildlife populations. Sex ratios are expressed as “the number of males: the number of females“ 50 : 50 even sex…

Migration

We’ll finish up our discussion of movement with the second type of movement: Migration. Migration is a periodic movement involving a round-trip! There are two types of migration: Altitudinal Migration: animals migrate relatively short distances up and down mountains out west e.g., big game (elk, mule deer, moose) – their “summer” and “winter” ranges Latitudinal Migration: animals migrate a long distance;…