SCI Foundation Visits New Predator-Prey Project in the Field

After a four-hour early morning drive from SCI Foundation’s Washington, DC office on Capitol Hill, we found ourselves on the top of a steep ridge miles into the thick and thorny woods on our hands and knees. We had traced the coordinates of a GPS-collared young male black bear to this exact location and were …

No More Crying Wolf in Washington

“Where winter wolves bark amid wastes of snow and ice-clad trees.” (Whitman, Walt. “Song of Myself.” 1855.) For almost eighty years wolves were absent from the Cascade Mountains. In 2008, gray wolves began recolonizing the northwestern United States and reestablishing packs in Washington. Four years later, the University of Washington, the USDA Forest Service, and …

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 …

Weekly Update: Montana Bitterroot Elk Project

  In 2011, SCI Foundation partnered with Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks and the University of Montana to investigate the influence of predation, habitat and nutrition on elk population dynamics in the southern Bitterroot Valley. After four years, the research is complete. There are some important outcomes that are being used to change regulations and …

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 …