One Health and Wildlife Talk shares the best stories and ideas from the UC Davis One Health Institute and the Karen C. Drayer Wildlife Health Center. All topics are health centered, be it people, other animals, or the environment.
The California Raptor Center is an educational and research facility dedicated to the rehabilitation of injured and orphaned birds of prey (raptors). The Center is affiliated with the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine but is staffed almost entirely by volunteers and is funded by generous community donations. The non-releasable raptors are open to public view on weekdays and Saturdays.
Bret Stedman, who manages the center, sat down to tell us about the work they do. The CRC will host their fall Open House on October 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Deana Clifford is the veterinarian for non game, threatened and endangered species at the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Veterinary Medicine and Epidemiology at UC Davis. She’s also an affiliate of the Karen C. Drayer Wildlife Health Center.
She gave a talk this afternoon at the UC Davis School of Veterinary medicine about how illegal marijuana farms in national forests are impacting local wildlife. We invited her in to talk about that topic and her role as a veterinarian in the effort to address the impacts of these illegal farms. The photos below are referenced in the episode.
Trash from an illegal camp:
In this show we talk about the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. While it’s the biggest outbreak in history, it’s not the only one. There have been several other outbreaks in recent years in Uganda. Our guest on this show is Kirsten Gilardi, who tells us a bit about those outbreaks and how they relate to the current crisis.
Kirsten is co-director of the Karen C. Drayer Wildlife Health Center at UC Davis, which is part of the School of Veterinary Medicine. As co-director, she manages a variety of projects around the world, including the SeaDoc Society in the Pacific Northwest, Gorilla Doctors in Africa, and the PREDICT project, which we talk about in this show.
Jamie Sherman is a fourth-year PhD student in the Animal Biology graduate group at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. She is working with Dr. Holly Ernest and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to research new black bear populations in San Louis Obispo County and Monterey County. By the end of her PhD program, she will develop suggestions to improve the way black bear population size is estimated throughout California.