Conservation Nation works directly with Smithsonian scientists and researchers to impact global wildlife conservation efforts.
With your fundraising donations, Conservation Nation has supported Smithsonian conservation projects around the world. While our work to erase extinction is far from over, it is important to look back and note the amazing work we’ve achieved together.
To collect the poo, or not to collect the poo—that is the question. It is, anyway, for Smithsonian scientists in the midst of a conservation project focusing on microbes in cheetah scat, and culminating in a graduate student’s Conservation-Nation funded trip to Namibia in two months.
To ensure a future for black rhinos, a network of the world’s top minds are seeking the answer to this question: How does a black rhinoceros’ diet influence its health?
Dinosaurs are vanishing again. Except this time, they’re disappearing in the form of modern birds. According to a paper published in Science and co-authored by researchers from the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center, 2.9 billion birds have been lost in Canada and the United States—a 29 percent decline—since 1970.
Their bags are packed. Thanks to Conservation Nation, Smithsonian scientists are headed to Kenya in two weeks for a conference uniting the world’s top rhino experts with vets who are working to save rhinos on the ground. There, they will share research and resources, including special kits designed to make it as simple as possible to capture diagnostics and samples correctly for analysis.
After receiving Conservation Nation support to launch key aspects of their project, the Red Siskin Initiative (RSI) was just awarded a $250,000 grant from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the American Bird Conservancy to continue their important work on this endangered South American bird.
In 2017, scientists tagged 11 reticulated giraffes with high-tech, solar-powered, satellite transmitters. Just months later, the information gathered revealed a sobering reality—four of the animals had been poached. Even with the risks in mind, and even when the study endures tragic setbacks like animals lost to poaching, this research is key for the future of the species in the area.
A team of conservationists have begun work in the Paraguayan Chaco, including a Conservation Nation-funded, two-year project to track and study Lowland tapirs.
Conservation Nation “footed the bill” for a high-tech thermography camera to study Asian elephants’ feet as part of ongoing pachyderm research. Learn about how a world-renowned researcher is using this device in Myanmar.
Earlier this summer, Conservation Nation began purchasing tiny high-tech GPS tracking devices to outfit eastern meadowlarks—the transmitters are smaller than a dime and weigh less than four grams, so they won’t hinder birds in flight. Thanks to these bits of avian-friendly tech, Smithsonian researchers will soon know the path of a depleting population of songbirds as they migrate up and down the East Coast. Tagged eastern meadowlarks have taken flight, and researchers await their first round of data this month.
Meet Morgan. With Conservation Nation’s support, she’s studying Cheetah scat in the wild, learning about the microbes that live in cheetahs’ digestive systems. That way, researchers can cater cheetah diets to avoid diseases and ensure this species has a future in the wild.