We’re now one week into 2021, and The Jaguar and Allies’ sixth full year of operation. In this post I’m going to briefly look back over 2020, and then describe what’s on the horizon for myself and this blog.
On July 15, 2020, my AmeriCorps crew and I didn’t return to the area that we’d been working at for the past several days. Instead, we headed for a new location.
While Livestock guarding dogs (LGDs) do prevent human-wildlife conflicts in some cases, not many studies have examined how LGDs affect wildlife species beyond just the creatures that might prey on livestock. That’s where Beth Smith comes in.
I took off my pack, began working, and then a thunderstorm appeared out of nowhere. The rain wasn’t heavy, but the lightning was right on top of us, so we had to leave immediately.
The snow leopard (Panthera uncia) is one of the most elusive animals on the planet. Dwelling in some of the most rugged terrain on Earth, few humans – even those who live in snow leopard territory – ever get to glimpse the “ghost cat of the mountains.” That’s what makes the following video footage so special.
To make matters worse, no-one in Boulder works: they just hike all day while looking beautiful. Consequently, I never had a break in the traffic long enough to relieve myself, and had to endure my agony for several hours.
A Facebook follower alerted me to an alarming issue that took place while I was in Colorado. War broke out between the nations of Azerbaijan and Armenia on September 27, which concluded in a cease-fire in mid November. During this time, illegal chemical weapons were used that could lead to much human and ecological suffering.
I’m thankful to live on a planet with so many extraordinary animals – including jaguars – and that there are people working hard to conserve them. This year, I’m especially thankful to Jaguar USA and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) for teaming up to raise money for jaguars on International Jaguar Day.