News

September 15, 2017
Webinar on Emerging Diseases of Amphibians and Reptiles

NWDC hosted a 1-hour webinar, "Emerging Diseases of Amphibians and Reptiles," on September 14, 2017. Dr. Maria Forzan (Cornell) presented a brief review of diseases, sampling techniques, testing protocols, and euthanasia.

August 15, 2017
Annual Training Workshops for State Agencies Completed

The objectives of this year’s workshop were to review the wildlife disease surveillance plans that we created last year, and to work through some disease scenarios in order to finalize the nuts and bolts of the plans.

July 15, 2017
Wildlife Health Cornell

Wildlife Health Cornell, a Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine Center of Excellence, was unveiled this month.

May 30, 2017
Field Necropsy Training in Maine

Once considered “irregular and anecdotal,” the population of lynx in Maine has been increasing since the late 1990s in response to the abundance of high quality habitat for lynx and their main prey, snowshoe hares.

May 26, 2017
Annual Training Workshops for State Members

At this year’s workshops we will review and edit the wildlife disease surveillance plans that we created last year, and will work toward finalizing them.

May 19, 2017
Webinar for USFWS Refuge Biologists in Region 5

We completed a 3-part webinar on diseases of wildlife, including mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians, for staff of U.S. Fish and Wildlife refuges, Northeast region.

Dr. Maria Forzan, Wildlife Pathologist, Cornell
May 19, 2017
New Wildlife Pathologist at Cornell University

Dr. María J. Forzán (DVM, PhD) recently joined Cornell's Wildlife Health Laboratory team as a wildlife pathologist. At Cornell, Dr. Forzán works with all wild species and specializes in diseases of amphibians.

May 19, 2017
Necropsy Training for Vermont Moose Mortality Study

In late January a special necropsy refresher training session was provided to the individuals most likely to respond to collared moose mortality events in the first year of Vermont’s moose study.

May 2, 2017
Survey of administrative assistants at state wildlife agencies.

NWDC staff conducted a conference call and online survey of administrative assistants at state agencies to gain a better understanding of the typical kinds of wildlife health-related inquiries received by agency staff, and determine how NWDC might help staff maximize the quality and utility of information received from such inquiries.

April 1, 2017
What can NWDC members do to protect wild amphibians?

If you find dead salamanders or newts, consider taking photographs and collecting fresh carcasses.

April 1, 2017
Make sure to have a disinfection protocol in place

The following protocol should be used any time work is done in amphibian habitat to prevent contamination and spread of disease.

October 1, 2016
Continuing progress on state wildlife health programs

NWDC staff are organizing a conference call for Administrative Assistants at state wildlife agencies in order to gain a better understanding of the typical types of inquiries they receive related to wildlife health, as well as any challenges they have in fielding these inquiries.

April 1, 2016
Salamander Chytrid Disease

To help prevent the deadly fungus, Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans (Bsal), from killing native salamanders, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service declared 201 salamander species as injurious wildlife under the Lacey Act.

April 1, 2016
Active surveillance activities in the Northeast U.S.

A nationwide investigation led by the USGS Amphibian Research and Monitoring Initiative (ARMI) is being undertaken to determine whether Bsal is present in wild amphibian populations in the United States.