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WEBINAR: PRESENTED BY UKSA & APHA


UKSA GREY SQUIRREL FERTILITY CONTROL RESEARCH UPDATE 2024

MAY 8, 2024 , 11:00-13:00 (GMT) 

Join the UK Squirrel Accord and Animal & Plant Health Agency as they discuss progress on their research into a fertility control for grey squirrels during the UK’s National Plant Health Week. In the future this should offer an effective, non-lethal, alternative or complementary management method. Grey squirrels damage young broadleaf trees, costing England and Wales at least £37 million a year and reducing the health of woodland ecosystems. To register:  https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_nQeVZofQTpmTeO_NbcG4EA

WEBINAR: Presented by BIWFC Europe Director


TOO MANY? EIGHT REASONS TO INVEST IN WILDLIFE FERTILITY CONTROL 
February 27, 2024 – 10 AM, EST / 3 PM, UTC

Presented by Dr. Giovanna Massei, Director, BIWFC Europe, University of York

As human populations increase and urbanization expands, human-wildlife conflicts are growing. Concurrently, public attitudes are shifting from traditional “wildlife management” to “coexistence,” particularly where the density of the human population is relatively high. This webinar will present case studies where fertility control has been implemented as an alternative to or complementary to culling. Dr. Massei will discuss opportunities and challenges associated with the use of fertility control to manage wildlife and free-roaming livestock and conclude with a list of reasons to invest in this area.  Click here for more information and to register.

WEBINAR – Featuring BIWFC EUROPE Director 


WILDLIFE FERTILITY CONTROL FOR ONE HEALTH:
CASE STUDIES TO MANAGE OVERABUNDANT ANIMALS
February 16, 2024, 12 PM, USA, ET

The American Association of Wildlife Veterinarians (AAWV), the WDA Wildlife Veterinary Section (WVS) and The Wildlife Society Wildlife Disease Working Group (TWS WDWG) will sponsor the next Trilateral Wildlife Health Webinar Series, on February 16, 12 PM USA ET featuring BIWFC Director Giovanna Massei as well as BIWFC Advisory Board Chair Stephanie Boyles Griffin.
Human-wildlife conflicts occur where the environmental or economic impacts of wildlife on human activities are considered unacceptable. In these instances, local populations of animals are referred to as “overabundant”. Reducing these conflicts involves interventions that affect wildlife, people and the environment, reflecting the One Health concept that acknowledges the interconnection between people, animals and their shared environment. In this webinar we will highlight the One Health concept in the context of human-wildlife conflicts and present case studies on fertility control applications and integrated population management.  Click here for more information.

1st Workshop on WILDLIFE FERTILITY CONTROL: What Now? What Next? Where To? JUNE 17 & 18, 2024 — Registration opens 1/8/2024 —

BIWFC Europe will host a workshop on fertility control and wildlife coexistence in Europe on the campus of the University of York, in York, UK, on June 17 and 18, 2024.  This two day workshop will illustrate and promote discussions on practical examples and applications of wildlife fertility control in various European contexts. The first day will be dedicated to talks on wildlife fertility control in relation to zoonotic diseases, rewilding, non-native species, urban and rural areas, and national parks. The second day will focus on group discussions on opportunities and challenges of implementing wildlife fertility control for different species across a range of contexts.  Click here for more information.

FEW: SCIENTIFIC EXCHANGE ON FERTILITY CONTROL, ENVIRONMENT AND WILDLIFE January 17, 2024 – Luxembourg

A one day expert exchange organized by the Botstiber Institute for Wildlife Fertility Control (BIWFC) and the Luxembourg Ministry of Environment, Climate and Sustainable Development.

This one-day meeting will raise awareness about fertility control to mitigate environmental impacts of birds and mammals in Luxembourg and in neighbouring countries, and analyse challenges and opportunities offered by this approach to managing wildlife. Click here for more information.

BIWFC HOSTS FERTILITY CONTROL SESSION AT EPVMC 2023 
BIWFC Europe Director served as Plenary Speaker

BIWFC Europe Director Giovanna Massei and BIWFC Advisory Board Chair Stephanie Boyles Griffin were among the 200 participants attending the European Vertebrate Pest Management Conference (EVPMC 2023) in Florence, Italy in September 2023. Giovanna served as a Plenary Speaker presenting “Too many? Eight reasons for Europe to invest in wildlife fertility control,” to nearly 100 conference attendees.

Giovanna also co-chaired, with Jens Jacob (BIWFC Advisory Committee member), the BIWFC sponsored session on Fertility Control which included six presentations followed by a panel discussion. Click Here for more information.

BIWFC Europe Director Featured in News Articles

Both The Guardian and The Telegraph newspapers have featured BIWFC Europe Director Giovanna Massei in recent articles on the use of fertility control in wild boar and other animals.

BIWFC Europe Director Hosts Workshop at Zoo And Wildlife Health Conference

BIWFC Europe Director Giovanna Massei co-hosted a four-hour workshop on “Challenges with fertility control in the wild” at the EAZWV Zoo Wildlife Health Conference in Valencia Spain in June 2023. More than 500 veterinarians, students, practitioners, and academics attended this conference.

The aim of the workshop, which, was co-hosted by Dr. Yedra Feltrer Rambaud, founder and vice-chair of the EAZA Reproductive Management Group, was to analyze criteria that should be used when professionals are asked to consider the use of fertility control to resolve human-wildlife conflicts. Twenty-one colleagues from 11 countries joined the workshop participating in several lively discussions. Read more about the workshop here.

BIWFC EUROPE Welcomes New Intern

BIWFC would like to welcome Claudia Milani-Santarpia, a new intern working in our BIWFC Europe office based at the University of York, in York, UK. Claudia will focus on identifying and contacting organizations and individuals interested in applications of fertility control in Europe, in preparation for our European workshop on this topic to be held in York on 17-18 of June 2024.

BIWFC ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEMBER PRESENTS ON RODENT FERTILITY CONTROL 

BIWFC Advisory Committee Member Jens Jacob, recently presented “Fertility control of rodents – progress and challenges,” to nearly 25 young scientists and post graduate students from eastern African countries including Madagascar, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia and Zambia. The presentation focused on options for anti-fertility agents, their delivery and a framework for research and application of fertility control in rodents.  Jens’ presentation was part of “Ecological principles and the management of rodents in agricultural ecosystems,” a training course held at Sokoine University of Agriculture, Morogoro, Tanzania in early May 2023. The course was designed to foster the importance of population ecology in pest management, together with an emphasis on farmer participatory research as a foundation for technology transfer.   In addition to serving on the BIWF Advisory Committee, Jens also serves as Group Leader at the Julius Kühn-Institute (JKI) – Federal Research Centre for Cultivated Plants, Institute for Epidemiology and Pathogen Diagnostics in Germany.

BIWFC EUROPE DIRECTOR PRESENTS ON WILDLIFE FERTILITY CONTROL AT IUCN HWCC 2023

At the 2023 International Conference on Human-Wildlife Conflict and Coexistence in Oxford in April 2023, Giovanna Massei, BIWFC Europe Director, presented the talk The other side of human wildlife conflicts – a global perspective on fertility control to manage overabundant wildlife.”

BIWFC STAFF VISITS UNITED KINGDOM

BIWFC Advisory Committee Chair Stephanie Boyles Griffin and Managing Director Monique Principi visited the UK in late March 2023 to meet with BIWFC Europe Director Giovanna Massei in York and attend the International Conference on Human-Wildlife Conflict and Coexistence in Oxford.  They also met with colleagues working in the wildlife fertility control field. Read more.

BIWFC DIRECTOR HAS PAPER PUBLISHED IN “ANIMALS” JOURNAL

BIWFC Director Giovanna Massei’s paper Fertility Control for Wildlife: A European Perspective was recently published in the Animals open access journal. Animals is an international, peer-reviewed, open access journal devoted entirely to animals, including zoology and veterinary sciences, published semimonthly online by MDPI.

REPRODUCTIVE MANAGEMENT COURSE

The aim of this e-course is to provide an overview of what reproductive management is and how it may be brought into management and veterinary decisions to improve the sustainability of in and ex situ animal management.

OVISTOP ®  FACT SHEET  

Ovistop® is an avian oral contraceptive formulated by adding nicarbazin (0.08 g for 100 g) to corn kernels. Click here to read more.