Monday, July 26, 2021

Phillip Elden | Wildlife Species That Need A Helping Hand

Phillip Elden

2020 is shaping up to be one of the driest years in history, says wildlife conservation specialist Phillip Elden. Between drought and wildfires, this means that, unfortunately, many wild animal species may be facing an early demise. Keep reading for insight on four that could use a helping hand the summer season. 
 
Salmon 
 
If you’ve tried to order a salmon dinner lately, you’ve likely noticed that the price of your favorite fish may have skyrocketed. This is because water levels in many parts of the country, particularly in Oregon and Washington, are down to about 25% of their normal levels. Phillip Elden explains that this results in hotter water, which is fatal to these fragile fish. Even further detriment comes from soil, exposed sediment, and heat from wildfires. 

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Cicadas 2021 | Phillip Elden

Phillip Elden

If you’ve been outside anytime in the last two months and you live in the Midwest, Southeast, or Mid-Atlantic, you’ve probably heard it. What is it? A sound you may not be familiar with. Phillip Elden says that those born before 2004 probably don’t remember the Brood X cicadas that came through that year. 
 
Q: What are cicadas? 
 
Phillip Elden: Cicadas are an insect that hatches from eggs and live underground the vast majority of their lives. There are more than 3000 species, but just a handful are notable. Seven different “broods” burrow underground for up to two decades before emerging in a loud and unanimous buzz. 

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Phillip Elden on La Nina

Phillip Elden

La Nina is the name of a weather pattern that begins in the Pacific. Like its brother, El NiƱo, La Nina causes the climate of a particular area to change for an entire season or longer. According to Phillip Elden, this can have an effect on local wildlife and their habitats. 
 
Q: What is La Nina? 
 
Phillip Elden: La Nina means “the little girl” in Spanish. It can create warmer and dryer averages in some parts of the United States, including Oregon. In a typical year, warm weather is pushed into South America over toward Australia along the lower border of the equator. This leaves cooler water in a small pocket along the West coast of South America. In a La Nina year, this pattern is pushed upward, creating a larger area of cool ocean water along the Western coast of Mexico up into Southern California. 

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Phillip Elden On Weather Vs. Climate

Phillip Elden

According to Phillip Elden, a conservation specialist based out of Oregon, both the weather and the climate have an effect on wildlife. However, one is long-term and one only causes an impact for a short while. 
 
Q: What is the difference between climate and weather? 
 
Phillip Elden: Weather is a specific meteorological event. For example, rain on Tuesday is a weather event. Drought, which may take place over many months, is also considered a weather pattern and not part of an area’s climate. Climate, by contrast, is the overall expectation of weather by season based on decades’ worth of history. 

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Phillip Elden on Monarch Butterflies

Phillip Elden

Phillip Elden grew up chasing butterflies in his backyard. As one of his core memories, he suspects that watching Monarchs flutter around the milkweed is what originally planted the seeds of conservation in this well-known nature advocate’s mind. But, he says that Monarch butterflies may be fluttering toward extinction. 
 
According to Phillip Elden, in 2020, researchers counted less than 2000 Monarch butterflies migrating from California to Mexico. This is a huge drop-off from the tens of thousands that would’ve made the journey in the 1980s. Because of climate change and habitat loss, Monarch butterflies are experiencing a sharp and alarming decline. 

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Phillip Elden Explains The Difference Between Public Lands

Phillip Elden

Conservationist Phillip Elden believes that our national parks and protected lands are one of our greatest assets. There are more than 250 million acres of parks, memorials, and wildlife refuges throughout the US. But, what is the difference between them all? 
 
Q: What is a national park? 
 
Phillip Elden: A national park is a large area of land with many natural resources. Often, parks contain both historical and natural features that deserve protecting for the benefit of us and future generations. Most often, national parks contain a variety of activities, including hiking and fishing. 
 
Q: How is a national park different from a national forest? 
 
Phillip Elden: Each type of protected area is beautiful and contains amazing landscapes. However, typically national forests are designated as a buffer for national parks. Often, national forests are utilized for their lumber, with the U.S. Forest Service keeping a close watch on resource depletion and regeneration. 

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Phillip Elden: How To Protect Pets From Wildlife

Phillip Elden

As a wildlife conservationist, Phillip Elden talks a lot about how to protect native species. However, it’s also important to protect our pets from the animals that cohabitate in our spaces. Here, Elden answers a few quick questions on how to keep your furry friends safe. 
 
Q: Why is it important to keep our domestic animals away from wildlife? 
 
Phillip Elden: Domestic pets should be kept separate from animals, such as coyotes, opossums, and skunks. Not only are your pets vulnerable to being attacked, wild animals also carry diseases that your animal has been protected from. Having an understanding of how to keep your pets safe is crucial, particularly if you live in the suburbs or in a rural area.