The Return of Desert Bighorn Sheep to Arizona Mountaintops

Sheep hunters are some of the most passionate outdoorsmen and valuable conservationists in the world. As Vance Corigan says in a February 2017 New York Times article “people who pay $300,000 for one tag just paid to recover 30 sheep to places that haven’t had sheep in 100 years.”   This year SCI Foundation and …

Black Bear Management in the Modern World

As I drive through the woods of Pennsylvania, I pass Civil War battlefields and old colonial era towns on my way from Washington, DC into black bear country. Bears are increasingly active across these Appalachian hills, as spring brings warmer weather, fresh green up, and newborn fawns. I’m headed to a small mountain town called …

Black Bear Recovery Helps Restore Healthy Missouri Forests

"This bear was an exceptional bear in my opinion. This was an awesome, awesome bear, a big black bear. He has a big white 'V', so he's got some distinguishing marks. He's an impressive creature, I think." "I'd say he's 500 pounds. I don't know how old he is, 8 maybe, but he's in his …

Working Ranches Keep Habitat Intact for Greater Sage-Grouse

Arid prairie lands in the western United States are filled with sagebrush wildlife, but changes to this wide-open landscape have led to losses in migratory songbirds and greater sage-grouse populations. Livestock grazing is the dominant land use shaping this steppe ecosystem. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) recognizes that the interaction …

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 Wolverine 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 fishing …

Survival of Sustainable Use

Is the sustainable use of wildlife sustainable? Conservationists at The Wildlife Society’s annual conference last week in Raleigh, NC agreed with a resounding yes. But how resilient is hunting to shifting demographics and negative public opinion? The take home message: as media reaction continues to undermine sustainable use management efforts and urbanization further threatens our …

Wild Harvest Initiative Makes Progress Acquiring Big Data

In a recent update from Conservation Visions Inc., the Wild Harvest Initiative has made significant progress acquiring data from public online sources and jurisdictional representatives. The initiative, funded by SCI Foundation and a coalition of hunting organizations, is working to estimate the value of recreational wild protein harvest from the 15.5 million hunters and 37 million …

North American Wildlife Conservation

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DsybqzoIpmc SCI Foundation’s North American conservation program has worked on every big game species on the continent. As you head out into the field this fall, remember all that SCI Foundation does for the wildlife you hunt. Learn more about these highlighted projects here: Alaska Wood Bison Reintroduction Mojave Mule Deer Project Newfoundland Caribou Project …

SCI Foundation Joins the Wild Harvest Initiative

SCI Foundation has recently partnered with Conservation Visions Inc. and committed to supporting the ongoing Wild Harvest Initiative (WHI). The initiative is a collaborative effort among the hunting and wildlife conservation community to estimate the nutritional and economic value of recreational wild protein harvest across all of North America. The WHI is the first attempt …

SCI Foundation Conservation Highlights

Since 2000, SCI Foundation has funded over 80 wildlife conservation projects in 27 countries. From white-tailed deer in your own backyard to African lions on the Serengeti plains, our research provides the the most accurate science to conserve species, improve habitat and support sustainable use management. To find out more, read our new Conservation Highlights HERE. This Conservation Highlights …