On today’s episode, I chat with Dr. Sophie Gilbert, a wildlife biologist, hunter, mom, and grateful heterotroph living in Moscow, Idaho. For the past six years, she’s been a professor at the University of Idaho, where she’s worked on all kinds of projects, from deer in the coastal temperate rainforest of Alaska to the conjoined effects of drought and carnivores on wildlife-ranching systems in the west. Now, Sophie is joining a forest ecosystem services start-up, NCX, where she’ll work to make sure that wildlife habitat and biodiversity are valued alongside forest carbon in the fight against climate change. Sophie and I chat about what it means to ensure that hunting is both biologically renewable and socially sustainable, how we come to a deeper understanding of death as human beings and consumers, and the need for more deliberate and patient communication about the rich and complex issues related to hunting and conservation. In the conservation segment, I give an update on two stories related to funding for conservation: a recent announcement by Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland and the next steps for the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act.
In this episode, we discuss:
Department of the Interior press release: https://www.doi.gov/pressreleases/secretary-haaland-announces-progress-toward-conservation-and-restoration-wildlife#:~:text=Secretary%20Haaland%20announced%20%242.5%20million,Corridors%20and%20Habitat%20Connectivity%20program “Western Big Game Seasonal Habitat and Migration Corridors Fund”: https://www.nfwf.org/sites/default/files/2022-04/NFWF-WesternBigGameMigration-20220330-GS.pdf Report: “Ungulate Migrations of the Western United States, Volume 2”: https://pubs.er.usgs.gov/publication/sir20225008 Blog: "Habitat Connectivity is a Critical Part of Wildlife Conservation": https://landscapesandletters.com/2017/06/10/habitat-connectivity-is-a-critical-part-of-wildlife-conservation/ Blog: "Cooperative Conservation Defines the Hunting Narrative": https://landscapesandletters.com/2021/02/17/cooperative-conservation-defines-the-hunting-narrative/ The Wildlife Society: “Recovering America’s Wildlife Act”: https://wildlife.org/policy/recovering-americas-wildlife-act/ The Wildlife Society: “Recovering America’s Wildlife Act heads to Senate floor”: https://wildlife.org/recovering-americas-wildlife-act-heads-to-senate-floor/