Conservation only happens when laws, policies, and planning are actually carried out.
After the planning stage, we set to work carrying out the actions wildlife need completed for conservation to work. That may be as broad as implementing the Endangered Species Act (ESA) or as focused as building a fence to keep cattle from trampling habitat for Chiricahua leopard frogs.
In the Center for Conservation Innovation at Defenders of Wildlife, we work at the intersection of science, technology, and policy to improve how conservation is implemented. For example, we conducted the first-ever analysis of ESA consultation data from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which showed the reality of implementing the law is very different from myths about it.