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November 28, 2017
“Do leopards cause you any problems?” Your answer to this question likely depends on where you live in the world and your primary source of income. When this question was asked to community members around Loisaba...
November 22, 2017
Part Two: In the Lab My trip to Fiji has come to an end, and back in San Diego, I open the freezer and scan a row of boxes, each containing 100 small tubes of Fiji iguana blood or tissue. I refer to my spreadsheet...
November 22, 2017
Part One: In the Field When I say the trail leads straight up the hill, I mean straight up. For the second night in a row, I am walking a 250-meter transect freshly hacked through the thick, humid understory on...
Kara Powell
November 16, 2017
Plant-pollinator interactions are vital to the survival of both natural and agricultural ecosystems. The majority of plant species, including one-third of the plants we eat, rely solely on pollinators for...
November 13, 2017
I feel the goosebumps crawling up my arms and down my legs as I sit in a small conference room filled with no more than 100 California condor field team members. These were the “celebrities” of the condor world and...
November 13, 2017
In Part 1 of this blog, our pathologist diagnosed avian mycobacteriosis in a green imperial pigeon. (Read here.) But what is this disease and why is it important? Avian mycobacteriosis is a bacterial disease of...
November 13, 2017
The diagnosis isn’t difficult to make. I’m looking through a microscope at a specially stained tissue section, and innumerable bright pink bacteria stand out sharply against the blue-stained background. This sample...
November 13, 2017
Historically, aviation and aeronautics have been important ‘tools’ for wildlife biologists. In the most basic sense, taking a small bush plane as transport to a remote field location has long afforded scientists...
November 13, 2017
One way we’re working to conserve our rare plant populations is through seed bulking, also known as seed increase. Simply put, this is collecting seeds from a target wild population of plants and growing these...
November 08, 2017
The six southern white rhino females, brought to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park to live at the newly constructed Rhino Rescue Center (RRC), and I have a lot in common – and nothing at all. The differences are...

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