Weekly Update: Ya Ha Tinda Elk Project

The Ya Ha Tinda Elk Project is a fourteen year, ongoing research initiative on the elk population of the Ya Ha Tinda (YHT) ecosystem in Alberta. Once one of the largest migratory elk populations in Canada, the YHT herd has experienced significant declines since the mid-1990s. In 2013, SCI Foundation partnered with the University of …

Sustainable Christmas Trees

Winter is in full swing and the Holiday Season is officially here! This week SCI Foundation wanted to highlight the interesting ways Christmas trees can contribute to conservation. The United States currently grows around 350 million Christmas trees. Most trees are grown on what is called a monoculture.  Monoculture farms are areas where only one …

Weekly Update: Newfoundland Caribou Project Reveals Habitat Key to Sustainable Management

For over eight years, SCI Foundation has partnered with the Canadian Province of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Department of Environment and Conservation to support a major research program on Newfoundland Island’s woodland caribou population. The long-term scientific study has made these caribou one of the best studied wildlife populations in the world. We are pleased to …

Weekly Update: The South Rockies Grizzly Project

The South Rockies Grizzly Project in British Columbia seeks to research “bottom- up” effects on bears, such as habitat or prey availability, as well as “top-down” effects like hunting and human development. The goal of the project is to balance hunting opportunity, human safety and conservation risk for grizzly bears in the southern Rocky Mountains …

Issue of the Week: Wildfires, Wildlife and Hunting Access

As fall hunting season opens across the country, the American West is currently experiencing its worst wildfire season in decades. California is in the midst of its driest period in the past 500 years, enabling fires to rage across vast parts of the state. The largest wildfire in Washington state history, the Okanogan complex fire, …

Issue of the Week: What Makes Wildlife Habitat?

As conservationist we use the term habitat frequently. It is thrown around in wide-ranging conversations and the detailed elements associated with habitat are often lost in the phrasing. Wildlife species have requirements that must be met by their habitat for survival. Components of habitat are food, water, shelter, and space.  Habitat for wildlife is often …