Helping Preserve Wildlife
March 7, 2013
By Stephanie Thara
California is home to an amazing collection of creatures and the CSU is helping preserve the state’s wildlife through hands-on courses, conservation facilities and research partnerships.
The CSU hosts a number of courses and degree programs that train future conservation specialists in helping California decrease the number of threatened or endangered species. For example, Humboldt State University is producing biologists who are well versed in the preservation of all species, the enhancement of animal habitats and the control of wildlife problems. Students learn to help preserve species by rescuing creatures near extinction and preventing negative interactions between wildlife and people.
CSU campuses give scholars the tools they need to understand the complex ecological, cultural, sociological and economic problems that are related to preservation of wildlife. Students learn how to successfully communicate their findings and recommendations to governmental agencies and the public. Students learn the skills they need to excel in the profession through faculty instruction and field projects.
Numerous CSU campuses maintain facilities that prepare students to work with wildlife. CSU Bakersfield’s Facility for Animal Care and Treatment provides biology majors with the opportunity to treat sick or injured animals and retrain them so they can be reintroduced into their natural habitat.
In addition to serving as a research center for Cal State Fullerton’s students and faculty, CSUF’s Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary supports science and environmental education and acts as a sanctuary for the preservation of the local native habitat and wildlife.
Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve, owned by Chico State’s Research Foundation, is a 4,000-acre educational opportunity where students can conduct in-depth research that helps them understand the effects of habitat on animal physiology and behavior.
Additionally, research programs and partnerships allow students to interact with other conservation entities and professionals. The California Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit—a partnership between Humboldt State University, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, the U.S. Department of the Interior, Geological Survey, the Wildlife Management Institute and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service—conducts research on wildlife and their ecosystems and trains fisheries and wildlife management graduate students to become competent fisheries and wildlife scientists.
The Endangered Species Recovery Program, a cooperative research program on biodiversity conservation in central California administered by CSU Stanislaus, allows students to collaborate with biologists, research associates and staff on ideas to form suggested solutions that will be integral to the recovery of threatened and endangered species in Central California.