Committed to preserving our wildlife heritage and saving imperiled species worldwide.
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RWLS by the Numbers
80 unique grants and programs in 2014-15
$3.5 million in conservation research
The Wildlife Challenge Today
The world faces a global biodiversity crisis driven primarily by habitat loss and climate change. As habitat degrades or is destroyed, wildlife populations become disconnected and more vulnerable to other threats, such as disease. Even well-managed and relatively abundant game species suffer from severe habitat loss. For both common and rare wildlife, it is imperative that research focus on identifying land management strategies to assist species' adaptation to rapidly changing land use and climate.
The Next Generation
The wildlife profession itself also faces complex challenges. Students pursuing the field of wildlife science need direct and meaningful experience outdoors with wildlife, habitat and the stakeholder community to gain an appreciation for the multi- faceted demands of their chosen profession. Established professionals need opportunities to augment their skills in new areas: multi-institutional collaborations, transparency in decision-making, emerging technologies and systems-based approaches that are critical to effective resource management. To ensure broad public support for the conservation of our wildlife heritage, we also must act to close the widening gap between the demographic makeup of the conservation profession and the public at large.
It is with these research and professional challenges in mind that we have re-envisioned the Roosevelt Wild Life Station's program at ESF. We are seeking strategic partners to achieve this new vision.
The research program at the Roosevelt Wild Life Station focuses on the northeastern United States and southeastern Canada, an area that is undergoing one of the most rapid rates of climate change in North America, as well as strategic sites around the globe. Priorities are protection of imperiled keystone and strongly valued species vulnerable to the impacts of rapidly changing landscapes and climate; and habitat management issues, such as maintaining effective habitat in private-land mosaics, protecting and expanding core habitat areas, and securing habitat connectivity.