National Geographic Grant Workshops at UW-Madison

national-geographicNational Geographic is holding two free sessions about their grant programs this week on UW-Madison’s campus.

The first event will take place on Friday, September 30th at 3:30pm in 180 Science Hall. This session is geared towards graduate students and faculty members and you can register here.

The second workshop is on Saturday, October 1st, starting at 11:00am in the Overture Conference Room of the Gordon Dining and Event Center. This event is for students ages 18-25 and will feature a panel, discussions, and networking opportunities. You can register here.

CAI Informational Meeting

The CAI will be holding an informational meeting on September 15, 2016 in Birge 158 at 4:30pm for interested students. We will summarize our recent activities and discuss ways for students to gain practical conservation and development experience through our projects. Please email with any questions or if you can’t make it to the meeting, but want more information. All are welcome and there will be refreshments provided!

IUCN Updates Red List

IUCN_Red_ListDuring its World Conservation Congress, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) announced an update to its Red List of Threatened Species. Among the newly classified species is the Eastern Gorilla, which has been moved from Endangered to Critically Endangered.

A group of Grauer's Gorillas at the primate sanctuary in Lwiro, DRC
A group of Grauer’s Gorillas at the primate sanctuary in Lwiro, DRC

According to IUCN’s press release, the Grauer’s Gorilla (one of two Eastern Gorilla subspecies) population has lost 77% of its members since 1994. While the Mountain Gorilla (the second subspecies) has increased its numbers, the total population remains around 880 individuals. Both subspecies are native to the eastern DRC, northwest Rwanda, and southwest Uganda.

New CIFOR Research on Central African Community Forests

The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has published new research evaluating the effectiveness of community forestry as a resource management strategy in Central Africa. This electronic book, available in French for free download on their website, provides an analysis of the literature, as well as individual case studies. While the e-book is only available in French, click here to read an analysis in English.

Online Learning Opportunity About African Conservation

An Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) focused on African conservation is currently available on Coursera. This MOOC is entitled Gestion des aires protégées (Managing Protected Areas in Africa) and will take place in French.

 MOOcs are a free or low-cost learning opportunities to expand knowledge or qualifications without paying university tuition or being physically present on a campus. This MOOC is a great opportunity to learn at one’s own pace and benefit from expert knowledge (both professors and practitioners).

The link to sign up can be found here:  


Film Screening: Heart of Iron

Heart of Iron film

Film summary: In the heart of the Congo Basin, global thirst for steel has driven miners to a vast, remote forest landscape called Tridom (Tri-national Dja-Odzala-Minkébé), which holds one of the largest untapped iron reserves on earth. Shot on location, Heart of Iron explores the complexity of mining in a region that is home to Baka and Bakola pygmy and Bantu tribes and a haven for gorillas, chimpanzees, and elephants. Continue reading Film Screening: Heart of Iron