Veterinarians and scientists from around the world will discuss wildlife health as it affects domestic animals, humans and the environment—and vice versa—at the Wildlife Disease Association’s 65th International Conference, hosted this year by Cornell University. Co-sponsors include the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Geological Survey, the Wildlife Conservation Society and Cornell’s Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future. Highlights include:

Honeybee Health and Conservation of the Colony (Sun., July 31, 8 am) Pre-conference workshop will cover the most common bee disorders and the role of honeybees as providers of essential ecosystem services such as pollination. Demonstrations of bee swarming behavior, bee dance communication language and examining working bee colonies for signs of health and disease.

Science Cruise on Cayuga Lake (Sun., July 31, 12 pm) Pre-conference workshop aboard the Floating Classroom’s teaching vessel on the southern part of Cayuga Lake. Topics include how cyanobacteria and harmful algal blooms affect domestic animals and the most common cause of fish kills in the Finger Lakes region.

Sustainable Wildlife: Health Matters (Mon., Aug. 1, 8:20 am) Speakers from the Netherlands, England, Canada and the US will address the complex challenges at the interface of health and the environment, and describe how proactive sustainable wildlife populations are the key to healthy, adaptable human communities.

Chelonian Disease and Conservation (Wed, Aug 3, 8:00 am) More than half the turtle and tortoise species worldwide are threatened with extinction. Habitat loss, over-collection/poaching, and infectious diseases are all likely involved. Session will highlight chelonian pathogens, rehabilitation, reintroduction, conservation, and disease discovery.

Vaccines for Conservation (Thurs., Aug. 4, 8:00 am) Increasing contact with humans and their domestic animals has rendered many wild species vulnerable to the impacts of infectious disease—in 2010, a Russian reserve lost more than half of its tigers to canine distemper. Session will emphasize the cost / benefit analysis that must take place before vaccinating free-ranging wildlife as a conservation tool.

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