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Conservation Research

Conservation research undertaken through the RWLS covers a broad range of topics:

  • Species at risk, including the Galapagos tortoise, spruce grouse and snow leopard
  • Game species, including the coyote, bear, wild turkey and deer
  • Fish and fisheries, including native species such as the muskellunge and river herring and invasives that include the round goby
  • Disease issues, including deer pathology and human-primate disease transmission
  • Ecosystem restoration, including vernal pools, inland salt marshes and early successional habitats
  • Global change and biodiversity, including plant and forest communities
  • The Roosevelt Wild Life Station currently delivers $2.5 million in conservation research annually with grants from federal, state and private partnerships. Partial list of sponsors:

  • Campfire Club of America
  • Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
  • Galapagos Conservancy
  • Honeywell International, Inc.
  • Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research
  • National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
  • National Geographic Society
  • National Grid
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • National Park Service
  • National Science Foundation
  • National Wild Turkey Federation
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • N.Y. State Department of Environmental Conservation
  • N.Y. State Energy Research and Development Authority
  • U.S. Agency for International Development
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


    A "bioblitz" event exposes the amazing flora and fauna of home. During a bioblitz, ESF faculty members and students, working often with the interested public, fan out across the acreage of a particular place, conducting a rapid, 24-hour inventory the plant, animal and fungus species of the area.

    Bioblitz events can generate kids' interest in science, leading to careers in biology. During Bioblitz, school children and others are encouraged to visit tables set up at a central location. Here, scientists identify their finds and place some of them on display, temporarily, for public to admire- whether fish, frog, fungus, or water flea. Roosevelt Wild Life Station-affiliated faculty and students have participated in these innovative learning events.

  • Past Bioblitzes