Meet the Louisiana Whooping Crane Class of 2022

The 2022 nesting season for Louisiana’s Whooping Cranes was its most successful so far with eight of 15 chicks surviving to fledge. Four chicks fledged from marshes at the White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area – a population first and important milestone. Two of the fledglings at White Lake became Louisiana’s third set of generally rare Whooping Crane “twins,” with both siblings surviving. This year’s successes bring the population total up to 76 individuals as of September 2022.

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Vet Training in Namibia

In May 2022 Giraffe Conservation Foundation (GCF) spearheaded an innovative, hands-on training for African wildlife veterinarians to enhance the capacity of these conservation leaders. Whilst most African countries do not necessarily have a shortage of veterinarians, few have specialised skills or experience in wildlife veterinary medicine. GCF and its partners are determined to change this: they invited eight young veterinarians from five African countries (Democratic Republic of Congo, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania and Uganda) to participate in an intensive 10-day hands-on wildlife immobilisation training course in Namibia. The course was fully funded by GCF and proved a great success.

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A Hidden Threat to Grey Crowned Cranes in Uganda

International Crane Foundation team in southwest Uganda is working with local Crane Custodians and other community members to understand better the threat that powerlines pose to Grey Crowned Cranes in the region. The International Crane Foundation/Endangered Wildlife Trust African Crane Conservation Program aims to identify and lessen the damage from powerlines to cranes, other birds, and the surrounding ecosystems. To better understand the impacts of human-caused mortality on cranes in southcentral Uganda, they are implementing a project to understand the powerline infrastructure and how it affects biodiversity.

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Rediscovered Critically Endangered Amphibian after 36 years: Lynch’s Colombian tree frog

Last seen 36 years ago, Lynch’s Colombia Tree Frog (Hyloscirtus lynchi) was considered extinct after many unsuccessful searches by hundreds of researchers over recent decades. After 9 months of searching for this species, Fundación ProAves researcher Elson Meneses finally located the first Lynch’s Colombia Tree Frog individual after 36 years in a new location of the edge of its suspected range. We suspect that the species has disappeared from its original habitat and now located at a higher elevation suggesting the effects of climate change have pressured it to gradually seek cooler climes higher in the Andes, but where very little natural habitat remains.

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Nubian Giraffe Conservation in Uganda

Uganda is home to one of the most threatened subspecies of giraffe: the Nubian giraffeOnce free ranging across western Kenya, western Ethiopia, southern South Sudan and Uganda, the Nubian giraffe has been largely eliminated from much of its former range. GCF and UWA’s collaborative effort to conserve giraffe in Uganda is guided by a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that was signed by both parties in 2014 to formalise this important partnership. As part of this partnership, the National Giraffe Conservation Strategy & Action Plan for Uganda (2020-2030) was developed to identify conservation priorities. Nubian giraffe conservation in Uganda is an important programme for GCF and we are currently focusing on three national parks that host giraffe, namely Murchison Falls (northern and southern bank), Kidepo Valley and Lake Mburo National Parks, as well Pian Upe Game Reserve, where giraffe were reintroduced in 2019.

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Khomas Environmental Education Programme

The Khomas Environmental Education Programme (KEEP) team continues to host over 2,000 students and 85 teachers for a fun and educational day in the field. In addition, the KEEP team reached students from around the world via Zoom and through the eight-part environmental education series that was aired Africa-wide on DSTV. The new school year has now started in Namibia and our KEEP team has never been busier. For many children their KEEP excursion is the first time ever to see giraffe or any other wildlife.

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Healthy Wetlands for the Cranes and People of Uganda

The population of Grey Crowned Cranes in East Africa has declined by over 80 percent in the last 25 years, largely due to increasing pressure on wetlands.
In partnership with the Endangered Wildlife Trust, Rugarama Hospital, the Margaret Pyke Trust and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, we are implementing a Population, Health and Environment project in southwest Uganda. The ICF goal is to empower local communities to conserve their cranes and manage wetlands while also meeting the communities’ health and economic needs.

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Permaculture and Cranes

The Drakensberg Crane Conservation Project’s priority community engagement work is focused on conservation agriculture and capacity building, public awareness and education, and health and environment. International Crane Foundation project communities, such as KwaMkhize, are predominantly unemployed and surviving mainly on social grants and agricultural products. Even though agriculture is seen as key in addressing food security in communities along the Drakensberg, the extent of alien plant infestation, soil erosion, overgrazing and poor soil quality continue to be impediments to enhancing food security in the area. To find a lasting solution to the issue, the project facilitated training on permaculture gardening. Permaculture is the development of agricultural ecosystems intended to be sustainable and self-sufficient. Much like no-till farming, permaculture protects the soil structure of the ground and allows the carbon sequestration capability to remain intact, benefitting the environment.

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Farmers lead the way in cultivating solutions to climate change

A milestone for the environment in South Africa! The country’s first landowner has signed a carbon project development contract. South Africa’s Carbon Tax Act creates a market for those who can sequester or trap carbon, such as those with suitable farmlands – and habitat for cranes – to receive payment from polluters in carbon credits.

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International Day of Action for Rivers 2021

The 24th Day of Action for Rivers will take place on March 14, 2021. The International Day of Action for Rivers is a day dedicated to solidarity – when diverse communities around the world come together with one voice to say that rivers matter. That communities having access to clean and flowing water matters. This past International Day of Action for Rivers on March 14, 2020, thousands of river stewards, defenders, and allies took action both in-person and online. Despite the health and safety challenges faced by many countries around the world with the COVID-19 pandemic, over 50 direct actions were registered across 23 countries/nation-states with hundreds more joining in via social media and digital outreach. The outpouring of solidarity with #RiversUniteUs during this time is a testament to the commitment of so many communities and individuals around the world to protecting vital freshwater. The International Day of Action Against Dams and For Rivers, Water and Life was adopted by the participants of the first International Meeting of People Affected by Dams, March 1997 in Curitiba Brazil. Representatives from 20 countries decided that the International Day of Action would take place on March 14 – Brazil’s Day of Action Against Large Dams. Our aim on this International Day of Action for Rivers, is to raise our voices in unison against destructive water development projects, reclaim the health of our watersheds, and demand the equitable and sustainable management of our rivers.

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