Fulfilling the need for greater Equity, Inclusion and Diversity within Society for Conservation Biology sections

Within sections and at the International Congresses for Conservation Biology (ICCB), the Society for Conservation Biology (SCB) has sought to address issues of Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity. This ongoing process has resulted in the creation of the SCB Equity, Inclusion and Diversity (EID) Committee, conference EID committees, and, in some sections, EID officers. How effective have sections been at addressing EID issues, what have been their challenges and accomplishments, and what future steps can be taken? These questions and others will be addressed in this session, which aims to bring together section representatives and members and the broader SCB community to address EID issues, especially challenges and suggestions for how to address them.

Scientist consensus broadens discussions on the US-Mexico border wall and its threats to biodiversity

Fences and walls erected along international boundaries in the name of national security have unintended but significant consequences for biodiversity. In North America, along the 3,200-km US-Mexico border, barrier construction in the past and recent efforts by the Trump administration to complete a continuous border 'wall' threaten some of the continent's most biologically diverse regions. Already-built sections of the wall, stretching over 1,000 km, are reducing the area, quality, and connectivity of plant and animal habitats, and compromising millions of dollars and acres invested in binational conservation. Political and media attention, however, often misrepresent the harm done to biodiversity. In 2018, we published a paper in BioScience calling on scientists to express unified concern over the border wall's negative impacts on wildlife, habitat, and binational collaboration in conservation and research. In a demonstration of concern felt worldwide, 3,000 scientists from 43 countries endorsed the declaration. The scientific consensus over the border wall received mass media attention internationally and is influencing the development of national legislation and appropriations to better protect biodiversity, such as by changing wall design and potentially defunding construction. This case demonstrates the important role scientists can play by calling attention to scientific evidence and reminding politicians of the long-term impacts of their decisions on the planet.

Refining species range maps for improved implementation of the ESA

The Endangered Species Act (ESA) is often considered the strongest law in the world for protecting imperiled species. However, there are inefficiencies that limit its effectiveness, including limitations in the resolution and accuracy of spatial …

Test Sign-on

A test of creating a sign-on page

Women in the Outdoors Panel

Wild Wilderness Women, Endangered Species Protection Network, and Mappy Hour are excited to join forces to bring to you a 'Women in the Outdoors Panel.' Come join us at Arc'teryx to hear from three amazing women who are contributing in unique ways to …

Conservation Cartography: From Patagonia to Sounds of the Wild West

As we move out of the information age and into the attention age, conservation organizations need new tools to tell their story, stand out in the crowd, and connect with their audience. ...

Funding needs of the Endangered Species Act

The Endangered Species Act is widely considered the strongest law in the world for protecting threatened and endangered species; indeed, over 95% of listed species are still with us today. Yet the law has been dramatically underfunded for decades, …

Eye in the Sky: The use of innovative SAR technology and new GIS tools to aid environmental compliance and monitoring.

Eye is the Sky will provide an overview of imaging technology and how it has been used in environmental litigation. The panel will also seek to address why state and federal environmental regulatory agencies have been slow to embrace these …

Dynamic recovery planning and technology application

Defenders of Wildlife has been collaborating with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Department of Defense on a program to make ESA recovery plans web-based and dynamic. Here I describe progress on the project and new directions of our work.

What bear hair can tell us about how black bears live among human development

Black bears are more and more frequently found living close to people, raising important questions about how these large mammals adapt to human dominated landscapes. Do bears prefer rural forests, or living in the suburbs? Where are they likely to show up next? These and other questions can all be answered using bears hair!