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Upcoming Events

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East Foundation Three Minute Thesis Competition

Three Minute Thesis (3MT) is a research communication competition. The 7th Annual East Foundation Three Minute Thesis competition will be held this year at the TWA Private Land Summit on July 11th, 2024. We hope to see you there!

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Texas Wildlife Association Annual Convention

The Texas Wildlife Association (TWA), our valued partner, celebrates 39 years of promoting effective habitat conservation and responsible hunting through private land stewardship at its annual convention, WildLife 2024, on July 11-14 in San Antonio.

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Matagorda County Wildlife Symposium

Hear from East Foundation's Range and Wildlife Specialist, Abe Woodard, as he discusses the Sustainable Harvest of Northern Bobwhites. See the attached flyer for other topics, speakers, and RSVP info.

Recent Posts

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Nilgai Antelope Display No Signs of Infection Upon Experimental Challenge With a Virulent Babesia Bovis Strain

This study investigated the susceptibility of nilgai antelope to Babesia bovis infection, transmitted by Rhipicephalus (Boophilus) spp. Despite R. (B.) microplus infestation in South Texas, the role of nilgai in parasite transmission remains unclear. Nilgai were inoculated with B. bovis merozoites or sporozoites, alongside Bos taurus beef calves as controls. Monitoring included daily temperature and hematocrit checks, blood collection for PCR and ELISA diagnostics, and histological examination of cerebral tissue for infection evidence. Bovine calves were then sub-inoculated with blood from challenged nilgai and monitored for infection signs. Additionally, in vitro cultures examined parasite colonization of red blood cells from both nilgai and cattle.

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From American Forests - Of Thorns and Claws

Ashley Reeves and her team at East Foundation captured a rare female ocelot at El Sauz Ranch. This find, including evidence of recent kitten nursing, highlights ongoing efforts to restore thornforest habitats crucial for ocelot survival. Collaborative initiatives, like the Thornforest Conservation Plan, aim to create wildlife corridors and enhance biodiversity in the region.
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Understanding the Ecological Tug of War: Disentangling Competition Between a Native and Domesticated Ungulate

Competition occurs through resource exploitation and direct interference between individuals/species. We used deer GPS data around an experimental cattle introduction to separate these mechanisms. Evaluating deer movement for 30 days before/after, too brief for resource impacts, we used home range size as a proxy for habitat quality degradation beyond forage loss from cattle interference competition.

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