Michigan’s Upper Peninsula Comes Together Around White-Tailed Deer

The Michigan Predator-Prey Project has been SCI Foundation’s flagship North American conservation project for the last ten years. The Michigan DNR and Mississippi State University Carnivore Ecology Laboratory research team set out to discover why the Upper Peninsula’s white-tailed deer population did not recover after a large decline following 2 consecutive severe winters.  This work …

The Michigan Predator-Prey Story

From White-tailed Deer Research to Landscape Level Ecosystem Management: How SCI Foundation Led the Way in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula By SCI Foundation – Conservation Up in the backwoods of the Superior state, the outdoors is a way of life. With everything from moose to muskie, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (U.P.) has some of the best hunting and …

Wheels on the Ground Needed for Tanzania Lion Project

SCI Foundation needs your help to fund a high priority project need! A research vehicle with the Tanzania Lion Project recently suffered a mechanical failure in the field, leaving the project short a vehicle and causing the researchers to alter their survey methods. Importing replacement parts and repairing this Land Rover will take some time, …

Weekly Update: Missouri Black Bear Project

The Missouri Black Bear Project is producing new scientific results. Since 2011, SCI Foundation has partnered with Mississippi State University’s Carnivore Ecology Laboratory and the Missouri Department of Conservation to study the state’s population of bears. The American black bear (Ursus americanus) was extirpated from Missouri in the early 1900s. The state now has an …

Estimating White-Tailed Deer Fawn Survival in Michigan

By Nathan Libal, MS State University; Dr. Jerrold Belant, MS State University; Dr. Dean Beyer, MI DNR Wildlife radio transmitters are an invaluable tool for determining habitat use and movements of many species.  Researchers also use radio transmitters to estimate survival and cause-specific mortality.  Several decades ago, these devices were in their infancy, and managers …

Estimating Bobcat Abundance in Michigan

By Deb Martell, MS State University; Dr. Jerrold Belant, MS State University and Dr. Dean Beyer, MI DNR 1. A bobcat (Lynx rufus) caught on camera at a hair snare site. Estimating wildlife abundance is important for effective management and understanding species’ ecology, including predator-prey relationships.  Use of DNA-based identification of individuals from tissue samples …