Mission

The Conservation Agency is a scientific, non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the conservation of natural biodiversity: the world’s fauna and flora. We are distinctly different from the many other fine conservation organizations because we concentrate on scientific research and publication of results, usually in peer-reviewed journals. Our efforts can be divided into two broad, overlapping areas:

Exploration and Discovery    We head out into the field, often to remote corners of the world, searching for new species, lost species, critical habitats, and insights into ecological relationships. We do population assessments, animal behavior research, and recovery plans. We get muddy, or sandy, or sweaty, or sometimes thoroughly chilled  – or all of those things. We catch animals, collect plant specimens, and document habitats.   We write up our results and publish them.

Conservation and Management    Based on our fieldwork, we produce management plans for individual species, particular habitats, and even whole ecosystems. We get this information into the hands of governmental agencies, land acquisition organizations, and stewardship groups. We even directly manage some sites ourselves, such as Snake Acres in the Lower Florida Keys and the Guana Island Wildlife Sanctuary in the British Virgin Islands.

Our efforts begin at home in southeastern New England, extend across North America, and include the West Indies, East Indies, China, Australia, and sometimes Africa: from Nantucket to New Caledonia, Newfoundland to Tasmania. Our list of over 450 publications provides an overview of our accomplishments and activities

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New year, new coyote... "Clouseau," is our latest GPS-collared coyote in Newport "Clouseau" is a 41 lb mature male with a tawny-orange face, white mustache, and now a black GPS collar. We caught him near the Cliff Walk last week and we know almost nothing about him yet.NBCS has been receiving, and following, resident reports of coyotes in Newport. Coyotes are frequently seen in residential areas and seem unnaturally comfortable around people. Through GPS tracking and assistance from the community NBCS may be able to help identify what is causing the coyote traffic. NBCS science focuses on managing coyote numbers and behavior by managing anthropogenic (human-generated) food subsidies. Perhaps our inspector "Clouseau" can shed some light on the situation. If you see him please let us know. Photos appreciated. More to follow. ... See MoreSee Less
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Yesterday felt like Christmas in July for the NBCS team! We collared a very healthy and feisty female coyote at Breene Hollow Farm in West Greenwich. She looked small to us - because she has shed so much of her winter coat - but weighs in at 31 lbs, a big female! We're calling her "Summer" and are looking forward to seeing what we can learn as we track her throughout her range. Special thanks to farmer, former senator, and West Greenwich town administrator, Kevin Breene, for letting us work at his farm.Rhode Island Natural History SurveyNarragansett Bay Coyote StudyBreene Hollow Farm ... See MoreSee Less
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