The New Year has brought new and exciting projects our way. SCI Foundation is proud to support the conservation efforts of multiple Safari Club International Chapters through our Matching Grant Program. The Foundation matches SCI chapter funds to support important conservation projects. Typical matching grants support the sustainable management of game populations, and the enhancement of wildlife habitats. Hunters and hunter dollars continue to be a driving force behind conservation initiatives.
Here are a few of the conservation projects that SCI Chapters have initiated this year:
Effects of Louse on Mule Deer
Partners: SCI Golden Gate Chapter, SCI San Francisco Bay Area Chapter, California Department of Fish and Wildlife
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is working with the Golden Gate and San Francisco Bay Area Chapters to track the survival of mule deer in the areas suffering from outbreaks of lice. Mule deer are experiencing lower survival rates because the lice spread internal parasites and excessive grooming makes deer less alert and more vulnerable to predation. These issues may cause a major decrease in mule deer populations.
Effects of Otter on Sport fish
Partners: SCI Drayton Valley Chapter, Alberta Fish and Wildlife
The Drayton Valley Chapter is working with the Alberta Fish and Wildlife to track otters, assess their impact on sport fish and to eventually set trapping quotas.
Sage-Grouse Lek Surveys
Partners: SCI Northern Nevada Chapter, Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW)
Volunteers from the Northern Nevada Chapter will monitor grouse leks (breeding areas) for the NDOW. This information will be used for the State’s action plan for greater sage-grouse. The NDOW hopes to determine that the greater sage-grouse populations are healthy and not eligible for an endangered species listing under the Endangered Species Act.
Costs associated with conservation efforts are escalating, and a single organization can no longer solely shoulder the burden to conserve wildlife. Public and private coalitions are quickly becoming a mode by which significant projects can be implemented. Most of SCI Foundation’s projects have multiple partners all cooperating to achieve a common goal.
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