Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology

Wood ducks give students a wild experience

May 31, 2018

At UC Davis, wood ducks are known among students majoring in wildlife, fish and conservation biology as the wildlife model for an internship program run by Professor John Eadie. Each year, from 50 to 90 interns learn how to check nests, measure eggs, band birds, collect blood samples and conduct field research on waterfowl behavior, reproduction and survival. 

Walleye fish populations are in decline

March 29, 2018

Study a warning signal for popular game fish

Walleye, an iconic native fish species in Wisconsin, the upper Midwest and Canada, are in decline in northern Wisconsin lakes, according to a study published this week in the Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Species.

What 3 feet of seawater could mean for the world’s turtles

March 26, 2018

Sea level rise to impact about 90 percent of coastal freshwater turtles

Ninety percent of the world’s coastal freshwater turtle species are expected to be affected by sea level rise by 2100, according to a study from the University of California, Davis.

Little creek, big impact

March 15, 2018

Twice as many birds at Putah Creek after water restored

A small restored area is having a big impact on regional birds, fish and animals, according to a study published in the journal Ecological Restoration by the University of California, Davis.

Just 4 miles west of UC Davis’ main campus sits a sliver of wildness called Putah Creek Riparian Reserve. On a recent spring day, below a canopy of valley oaks and eucalyptus trees came a twittering of chirps, trills and quacks.

Spring is springing earlier in polar regions than across the rest of Earth

March 14, 2018

Earth is experiencing earlier springs, but nowhere so much and so fast as at high latitudes

Spring is arriving earlier, but how much earlier? The answer depends on where on Earth you find yourself, according to a study led by the University of California, Davis.