The Wildlife Health Cornell Center of Excellence represents an unprecedented approach to the health challenges wild animals face here in the northeast U.S. and around the world - a comprehensive, science-based response by a team of the world's top wildlife and ecosystem health experts.

In this feature article, Wildlife Watchers, learn how Wildlife Health Cornell scientists are turning discoveries into real-world solutions, and how our research and surveillance protects nature across New York State. Highlights include:
  • Our unique partnership with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation enhancing our understanding of disease ecology
  • Tracking and performing health assessments on deer, moose, and black bear populations to inform policy and guide management
  • Saving wild raptors suffering from human-caused lead and rodenticide poisoning, and assessing long-term impacts on avian populations
  • Diagnosing fish diseases and engaging local students to develop a surveillance network for New York's waterways
For more information on the work of the Wildlife Health Cornell  Center of Excellence, please visit As in the past, we hope you find this e-newsletter useful and thought-provoking. Please let us know! 
- Steve Osofsky, DVM
Jay Hyman Professor of Wildlife Health & Health Policy

Our team is working with southern African partners to implement an alternative approach to beef production in places where foot and mouth disease virus resides naturally in wildlife, assisting poor farmers while allowing for a potential reassessment of disease control fences that have blocked key wildlife migration routes for generations.
Wildlife Health Cornell's Dr. Steve Osofsky probes at the deeply intertwined relationships between our health and our environment in this episode of the "What Makes Us Human" podcast series.
Students Collecting Samples

One-hundred and sixty 6th graders have been collecting environmental DNA samples to help Cornell scientists monitor the range of invasive and endangered fish species in New York's waterways, engaging in hands-on science and learning about the balance of ecosystems.
Northern Harrier
A northern harrier, also known as a marsh hawk, was successfully treated at Cornell's Janet L. Swanson Wildlife Health Center after having been poisoned by eating prey contaminated with man-made toxins. Watch this video to see the harrier being released back into the wild at Montezuma Wildlife Refuge.
"Bobcat Fever" (Cytauxzoon felis) is an emerging disease caused by a blood parasite that can affect domestic cats. Wildlife Health Cornell scientists are developing a diagnostic test to evaluate its distribution in New York, and determine if and how bobcat and domestic cat health may be connected.
Faculty with Partners
Wildlife Health Cornell's Dr. Robin Radcliffe received the 2018 George D. Levy Faculty Award in recognition of his exemplary wildlife conservation work with Dr. Jane Goodall and partners.
Wildlife Health Cornell policy experts explain how Health Impact Assessments (HIAs) can be the bridge to the planetary health paradigm becoming a go-to tool for developing truly sustainable solutions to interconnected public health and environmental problems.
Working closely with Wildlife Health Cornell experts, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation released a final plan to minimize the risk of Chronic Wasting Disease impacting wild deer and moose.
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The Wildlife Health Cornell Center of Excellence envisions a healthy future for wildlife, people and planet. We strive to develop proactive, science-based approaches for sustaining a healthier world. By improving knowledge, understanding, and capacity at the interface of wildlife health, domestic animal health, and human health and livelihoods, environmental stewardship can be enhanced today, and for tomorrow.
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