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Monk Seal

Endangered Species News (For the Past 6 Months)

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  • • Congress Urged to Boost Funding for Endangered Species
    Supporters Want it Raised to $300 Million

    Mar. 2, 2021 (Center for Biological Diversity) -More than 170 groups today urged Congress to significantly increase the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s budget for endangered species conservation from $291.7 million to $592.1 million — an increase of about $300 million over last year’s budget.

    According to the Service’s own data, hundreds of endangered animals and plants receive less than $1,000 a year for their recovery. Many species receive no funding at all from the agency.

  • • Are Florida Manatees Safe?
    Or Are they Starving to Death?

    Mar. 2, 2021 (INHABITAT) -Manatee mortality in Florida has shot up this year, with 358 recorded deaths in January and February. Last year, the first two months had a combined total of 143 deaths — less than half this year’s current toll. Conservationists worry that the manatees are starving to death.

    Some causes of 2021 manatee deaths are known and include boat strikes, cold stress and natural deaths. But many have died for unknown reasons. Pat Rose, director of Save the Manatee Club, suspects one of these reasons is a sea grass shortage. “It’s something we’ve never really seen before,” Rose said. “It looks like we have a substantial number of manatees that are starving.”

  • • Polar Bears and Narwhals Threatened by Shrinking Sea Ice
    Due to Climate Change,
    They're Spending Much More
    Energy To Find Food

    Feb. 26, 2021 (ZME Science) -The amount of energy required by polar bears and narwhals to survive in the warming Arctic has increased by 3-400% in recent decades, according to a new study — and it’s pushing them to extinction.

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  • Court Upholds Protection for California’s Western Joshua Trees
    Judge Rejects Effort
    to Strip State Endangered
    Species Act Safeguards

    Feb. 22, 2021 (Center for Biological Diversity) -A Fresno County Superior Court judge has rejected an effort by construction and real estate interests, along with the city of Hesperia, to strip away legal protections that currently apply to the imperiled western Joshua tree.

    “This is a critical victory for these beautiful trees and their fragile desert ecosystem,” said Brendan Cummings, the Center for Biological Diversity’s conservation director and a Joshua Tree resident.

  • • Can the Pangolin be Saved?
    Learn Much More About
    These Unusual Creatures

    Feb. 20, 2021 (Deutsche Welle) -The scaly anteaters native to Asia and Africa were originally blamed for transmitting COVID-19 to humans. DW takes a look at the critically endangered creatures that are susceptible to coronaviruses and trafficking.

  • • Just Because This Bird is Yellow, It Doesn't Mean It's Chicken
    This Peculiar King Penguin Has a Pigmentation Condition Called Leucism

    Feb. 19, 2021 (ZME Science) -Belgian wildlife photographer Yves Adams was on a two-month expedition in the South Atlantic towards Antarctica at the end of 2019 when he came upon a dazzling sight that made him rub his eyes. There he was, as a lone dandelion, a “never before seen” yellow penguin among a colony of 120,000 king penguins. These breathtaking photos speak for themselves.

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  • • Saving Cold-Stunned Sea Turtles
    Volunteers Brave Fierce
    Winter Storm to Achieve This

    Feb. 19, 2021 ( INHABITAT ) -While the brutal winter storms across the U.S. are difficult for humans, they also put wildlife at risk, particularly cold-blooded reptiles, like sea turtles. Fortunately, instead of staying home and trying to keep warm during massive power outages, volunteers in coastal Texas are braving stormy waters and cold weather by boat or on foot to haul in cold-stunned sea turtles.

    The story includes a slideshow.

  • • Scientists Clone an Endangered Ferret
    They Hope to One Day Do
    the Same for Extinct Species Too

    Feb. 19, 2021 (ZME Science) -Scientists have resurrected a black-footed ferret after it died more than three decades ago — well, sort of. Using modern techniques, the dead ferret’s DNA was used to produce a perfectly healthy clone, marking the first time scientists have cloned an endangered species in the United States.

  • • The Staggering Decline of Oceanic Sharks and Rays
    Oceanic Shark and Ray
    Abundance Has Declined By Nearly
    Three-Quarters Since 1970.

    Feb. 17, 2021 (The Revelator) -Oceanic sharks and rays live so far from land that the average person is unlikely to ever see them. But these species, which live in the vast open ocean, are also among the most revered, and include the great white shark and the giant manta ray. For millennia, their remoteness has allowed these species to largely avoid humans. But since the early 1950s, industrial-scale fishing fleets have been able to reach distant waters and gradually spread to exploit the entire global ocean.

  • • Sawfish are Now in Danger of Extinction
    Overfishing is the Reason

    Feb. 11, 2021 (ZME Science)-A new study from the Simon Fraser University (SFU) warns that one of the most distinctive marine species — sawfish — are at real risk of extinction due to overfishing.

    Sawfishes have already disappeared from roughly half of their known range, the authors report, as overfishing is driving their numbers into the ground. The species used to be quite a common sight for around 90 coastal countries around the globe, but are now one of the most threatened family of ocean fish and presumed extinct in 46 of those nations. A further 18 countries presume at least one species of sawfish to be locally extinct, while 28 others presume at least two.

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  • • Toxic Algae Blooms are Killing Sea Otters
    Chronic exposure is Causing Fatal Heart Disease in Young Adult Otters

    Feb. 7, 2021 (Mercury News)- Heart disease isn’t just the leading cause of death for humans in the United States. It’s also increasingly killing sea otters, especially adults in their prime — and now scientists know why.

    Long-term exposure to domoic acid, which leaches from algae during toxic blooms commonly known as “red tides” and accumulates in sea otters’ favorite seafoods, is to blame, the researchers say. Algae blooms are becoming more frequent as climate change drives ocean temperatures up.

  • • Monarch Butterflys Move Closer to Extinction
    An Annual Winter Count by the Xerces Society Recorded Fewer than 2,000

    Jan. 20, 2021 (NBC NEWS)- The number of western monarch butterflies wintering along the California coast has plummeted precipitously to a record low, putting the orange-and-black insects closer to extinction, researchers announced Tuesday.

  • • Parrots are Facing Extinction
    Only Policymakers Can Save Them

    Jan. 18, 2021(ZME Science)-Pressures from human activity is putting parrot species at risk of extinction all around the world. As such, the future of these birds is firmly in the hands of policy makers in Australia and other areas where parrots are endemic, the authors explain. Agriculture and logging are the biggest culprits that the team identified, but other events (such as the Australian wildfires of last year) are also contributing to the problem.

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  • • Six Gorilla Rangers Are Ambushed at Virunga National Park
    Gorilla Rangers Could Be
    the Next Endangered Species

    Jan. 14, 2021(ZME Science)-A group of six park rangers was ambushed and killed at Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The park, home of about a third of the world’s mountain gorillas, has been subject to repeated attacks over the years from poachers, loggers, rebels, and militia groups, with no clear solution in sight.

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  • • Trump's Parting Gift to Industry: Reversing Bird Protections
    Companies Will Not Be Punished For
    Killing Migratory Birds.

    Jan. 6, 2021(NY Times Climate Forward)-The Trump administration gutted protections for migratory birds on Tuesday, delivering the second of two parting gifts to the oil and gas industry, which has long sought to be shielded from liability for killing birds unintentionally in oil spills, toxic waste ponds and other environmental disasters.

    The move, by the Department of the Interior, came a day after the Environmental Protection Agency finalized another regulation that had long been sought by fossil fuel companies and other major polluting industries: A measure that effectively bars some scientific studies from consideration when the agency is drafting public health rules.

  • • Australia Criticized for Antarctica Airport Plan
    Multibillion-Dollar Project is
    Unnecessary and Damaging to
    Wildlife, Say Scientists

    Dec. 31, 2020(The Guardian)-Australia is planning to build Antarctica’s biggest infrastructure project: a new airport and runway that would increase the human footprint in the world’s greatest wilderness by an estimated 40%.

    The mega-scheme is likely to involve blasting petrel rookeries, disturbing penguin colonies and encasing a stretch of the wilderness in more than 115,000 tonnes of concrete.

  • • The Threat to the Platypus Population
    Notoriously Tough to Count,
    the Venomous, Egg-Laying
    Mammals Seem to be Declining

    (National Geographic), Dec. 30, 2020, -Looking at the animal skin that had been shipped to him in England from Australia, George Shaw, the keeper of the natural history collection at the British Museum at the turn of the 19th century, was dumbfounded. It was as though someone had taken the webbed feet and bill of a duck and jammed them on to the torso of a fuzzy four-legged mammal. Though he eventually accepted the platypus as authentic, at first he wondered whether someone had stitched various creatures together as a joke.

    Two centuries later, the platypus continues to astound scientists. Along with the four species of echidnas, they’re the only mammals that lay eggs. They’re also one of only a few venomous mammals: Male platypuses have poisonous spurs that can cause as much pain as hundreds of hornet stings. (Recently their venom was also found to contain a hormone that might help treat diabetes.)

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  • • Humans Cause More Orca Deaths than Previously Understood
    Based on a Ten-Year Study

    (Oregon Public Broadcasting), Dec 29, 2020, -Researchers have long known that dwindling salmon runs, water pollution and loud underwater boat noise are major contributors to the reduced number of orcas along the West Coast.

    Now, a ten-year study of killer whale carcasses found washed up on beaches in the eastern Pacific Ocean has found a significant number who died from more direct human causes.

    “This study was really a decade-long look at what do killer whales die from, from California to Alaska all the way out to Hawaii,” said Joe Gaydos, a wildlife veterinarian with UC Davis who participated in the study. “The idea is that, if we can figure that out, we might be able to find some ways that we can further help recover the endangered population, like Southern residents.”

  • • Diamondback Terrapin Threatened by Traffickers
    Little Speckled Turtles Might Not
    Be Around For Too Much Longer

    (ZME Science), Dec. 22, 2020 - Wildlife trafficking has become such a major problem that conservationists are warning that many species are now at risk of extinction due to it. Not only that, but experts warn that wildlife trafficking increases the risk of zoonotic diseases jumping from animals to humans.

    The year currently winding down wasn’t just a tough one for us, but also for most creatures on Earth, due to increasing threats. You can assume conservationists have their work cut out for 2021, especially given how an ever-increasing number of animals is threatened by extinction (and the threats aren’t always clear-cut).

    That said, it is no surprise that the Center for Biological Diversity sounded a Dec. 18 alarm in the form of a news release over the diamondback terrapin and revealed a new report that talks about trafficking.

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    listen to the story.
  • • We Are Still Causing a Major Extinction
    Although, There are Some Success Stories

    (ZME Science), Dec. 14, 2020 -A concerning number of the world’s plant and animal species are at risk of extinction, according to the latest update of the IUCN Red List, an account of threatened species carried out by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

    Still, not all is lost: there are some notable success stories this year, showing that there are still ways to promote conservation.

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  • • David Attenborough:The Earth and its Oceans Are Finite.
    We Must Show Some Mutual Restraint

    (The Guardian), Dec. 12, 2020 - Before the stay-at-home orders of 2020 kept him in one place for months on end, David Attenborough had never sat in his garden and listened to the birds. Not properly, he says, not determinedly “swotting up with a notebook and keeping a bird list”.

    The foremost figure in natural-world broadcasting (so admired by naturalists around the planet, he has three types of plant as well as a spider, snail, grasshopper, frog, lizard, marsupial lion and shark-like fish named after him) hardly paid attention to the wildlife on his doorstep until lockdown forced his hand. From spring through to autumn, he says, he sat outside with a pencil and made a determined effort to identify every species he could hear. Blackbirds. Thrushes. Jays. Blue tits and great tits. Swifts.

  • • Updated ‘Redlist:’ 20 Frogs and Fish Declared Extinct
    28% of Assessed Species
    at Risk of Extinction

    (Center for Biological Diversity), Dec. 10, 2020 -An updated assessment released today by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature found that 28% of evaluated species of plants and animals around the globe are now at risk of extinction.

    Seventeen freshwater fish from the Phillipines were declared extinct, along with three frogs from Central America. Conservation has helped some tropical frogs, but 22 species from Central and South America were deemed possibly extinct, as was the lost shark from the South China Sea.

    The new update to the Red List of Threatened Species identifies 35,765 species as belonging to an extinction risk category out of 128,918 for which there is enough information to determine their conservation status.

  • • Pygmy Possums Are Not Extinct After all
    They Are Still Alive, But Vulnerable

    (ZME Science), Dec. 10, 2020 -The devastating Australian bushfires of 2019-2020 harmed up to 3 billion animals, burning almost half the country in the process. Many species, including the pygmy possum, were feared extinct. Now, for the first time since the fires, one possum has been found, raising hopes that the species may yet survive.

    The pygmy possum, one of the smallest possums in the world, was feared extinct, but recently, the conservation group Kangaroo Island Land for Wildlife found the little pygmy during their recent conservation efforts on Kangaroo Island.

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  • • Glyphosate (Roundup Main Ingredient) Poses Huge Endangered Species Threat
    It's Likely to Kill or Injure
    93% of Endangered Species

    (Sierra Sun Times), Nov. 29, 2020 -The EPA released a draft biological evaluation on Wednesday finding that glyphosate is likely to injure or kill 93% of the plants and animals protected under the Endangered Species Act.

    The long-anticipated draft biological evaluation released by the agency’s pesticide office found that 1,676 endangered species are likely to be harmed by glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup and the world’s most-used pesticide.

    The draft biological opinion also found that glyphosate adversely modifies critical habitat for 759 endangered species, or 96% of all species for which critical habitat has been designated.

  • • Birds Saved By the Clean Air Act
    Total of 1.5 Billion Birds Saved
    Over the Past 4 Decades

    (ZME Science), Nov. 25, 2020 -Pollution regulations in the U.S. are helping people and birds both, a new study reports. The findings showcase how federal measures meant to reduce ozone pollution likely prevented around 1.5 billion bird deaths over the past 40 years, roughly one-fifth of the US’ current bird population.

    Keeping our environment clean and tidy benefits everybody quite literally. The effects of pollution on public health have been investigated in the past, but it also affects wildlife. The current study comes to flesh out our understanding of its effects on the general health of bird species.

    The study was conducted by scientists at Cornell University and the University of Oregon. They based their research on a series of models from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s eBird program, which they ran alongside ground-level pollution data, to track monthly changes in bird abundance, air quality, and regulation status for 3,214 U.S. counties over a span of 15 years.

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  • • These Bird Images Will Make You Want to Save Them
    Animal Photographer Tim
    Flach Says He Wants to Help
    People Connect With Nature

    (ZME Science), Nov. 23, 2020 -Tim Flach, a London-based nature artist, is not your typical photographer. He’s renowned for his meticulous, marvelously-lit photography of various animals, from common creatures like ducks or domestic dogs and horses to the exotic and endangered.

    One of Flach’s signature styles is portraying his subjects intimately, emphasizing their expressive, almost human-like qualities. This is perhaps most illustrated in his latest project of birds from across the globe, from the Peruvian Inca tern to the Toco toucan.

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  • • Pesticide Atrazine Likely Harms More Than 1,000 Endangered Species
    Finding Comes Two Months After EPA
    Re-approved Herbicide for 15 Years

    (Center for Biological Diversity), Nov. 5, 2020 -The EPA released an assessment today finding that the endocrine-disrupting pesticide atrazine is likely to harm more than 1,000 of the nation’s most endangered plants and animals.

    The finding is a result of the agency’s first-ever nationwide assessment of an herbicide’s harm to protected species, an analysis that’s required by the Endangered Species Act.

    The assessment’s release comes just two months after the EPA re-approved the pesticide’s use for another 15 years.

    “Finally the EPA has been forced to acknowledge atrazine’s far-reaching harms,” said Nathan Donley, a senior scientist at the Center for Biological Diversity. ”This alarming assessment leaves no doubt that this hideously dangerous pesticide should be banned in the U.S., just as it is across much of the world.”

  • • Gray Wolf Loses Endangered Species Act Protections
    Delisting Will Reverse Decades
    of Progress for the Gray Wolf

    (StarTribune), Oct. 29, 2020 -Federal wildlife officials are removing the gray wolf from the U.S. Endangered Species Act list, saying the wolf population — an estimated 6,000 roaming the continental U.S. — has recovered and the animal no longer requires federal protection.

    The national delisting decision, to be announced Thursday, turns management of the wolves over to states to handle as they see fit.

  • • Shark Species: From Abundant to Critically Endangered
    Smalltail Shark Nearly
    Vanishes in Just 40 Years

    (The Revelator), Oct. 14, 2020 -Oh what a difference a few decades make.

    Back in in the 1980s and 1990s, a species known as the smalltail shark (Carcharhinus porosus) was one of the most common fish caught off the coast of northern Brazil.

    That’s not the case anymore. A new paper by researchers from a trio of Brazilian science institutions calculates that smalltail shark populations in the country have declined by a shocking 90%. They say the species has now become critically endangered and is in need of “urgent conservation methods…to prevent its extinction in the near future.”

    The problem, as with so many other declining oceanic species, stems from rampant overfishing.

  • • Pygmy Hippo Born At Franklin Park Zoo
    This Is the First Time This Has Happened

    (Boston Globe), Oct. 13, 2020 -The 13-pound male calf, which has yet to be named, has been bonding behind the scenes with his mother, Cleo, before making his exhibit debut, Zoo New England officials said in a news release.

    His arrival marked the first ever successful birth of this endangered species at the Franklin Park Zoo, officials said.

    Zoo officials said they learned of Cleo’s pregnancy on March 2 and ultrasounds were conducted to monitor the baby’s development. Because Cleo gave birth to stillborn calves in 2018 and 2019, the decision was made to induce her so that the veterinary team could assist her if needed, zoo officials said in the statement.

  • • World Scientists: Protect Cetaceans or Risk Seeing Them Go Extinct
    Countries Need to Take Urgent Action to
    Protect Species From Human Activities

    Lisa Friedman,(ZME Science), Oct. 12, 2020 -Scientists and conservationists from 40 countries have signed an open letter calling for global action to protect cetaceans (whales, dolphins, and porpoises) from extinction. Half of all species are of conservation concern, with two on the edge of extinction according to the researchers, who called for urgent action.

    “Let this be a historic moment when realizing that whales are in danger sparks a powerful wave of action from everyone: regulators, scientists, politicians and the public to save our oceans,” Mark Simmonds, a visiting research fellow at the University of Bristol who coordinated the letter, told the BBC.

  • • Welcome Home to Tazmanian Devils
    It Returns to Australia For
    the First Time3 in 3,000 Years

    (ZME Science), Oct. 5, 2020 -Around 3,000 years ago, Tasmanian devils were driven out from mainland Australia by dingoes introduced by Sulawesi hunter-gatherers. Fortunately, dingoes never made it to the island of Tasmania, the namesake of the devils, which helped the aggressive scavengers avoid extinction. But recent challenges such as habitat loss and the spread of one of the only known contagious cancers in the world are casting doubt on the fate of the iconic mammal.

    With just 25,000 devils left in the wild in Tasmania, today’s announcement of their reintroduction to the Australian mainland marks a historic moment.

  • • 40% of World’s Plant Species at Risk of Extinction
    Race Against Time to
    Save Plants and Fungi That
    Underpin Life On Earth

    (The Guardian), Sept. 29, 2020 -Two in five of the world’s plant species are at risk of extinction as a result of the destruction of the natural world, according to an international report.

    Plants and fungi underpin life on Earth, but the scientists said they were now in a race against time to find and identify species before they were lost.

  • • Australian Koalas Could Soon Become Endangered
    Environment Groups Call For Urgent
    Measures to Protect the Species

    (ZME SCIENCE), -Sept. 28, Threatened by bushfires and ongoing habitat destruction, the koala is being officially considered for listing as endangered by the Australian government. The species is now seen as ‘vulnerable’ according to local environmental laws but this could soon change as the number of koalas keeps dropping.

    The government is also considering upgrading the status of the greater glider to endangered, as 30% of its habitat range was affected by bushfires. Several frog and fish species, such as the Blue Mountains perch and Pugh’s frog, are also being considered for critically endangered listing, as well as some species of kangaroo.

  • • Puget Sound Delivers a New Baby Orca
    It Was born to a Pod of
    Endangered Southern Resident Orcas

    (US News), Sept. 25, 2020 -The Center for Whale Research has confirmed that another baby orca has been born to a pod of endangered southern resident orcas that frequent Puget Sound.

    It’s the second calf born this month for J pod, according to director Ken Balcomb, who confirmed the birth.

    J35, the orca also known as Tahlequah, gave birth to a male calf on Sept. 4. She raised global concern in 2018 when her new calf died and she carried it for 17 days and more than 1,000 miles (1,609 kilometers).

  • • Joshua Fit The Battle of Climate Change
    California's Joshua Tree Could
    Become First to Win Protections
    Because of Climate Crisis

    (The Guardian), -Sept. 24, The western Joshua tree will be considered for protection under the California Endangered Species Act, possibly becoming the first plant species to be given protection of law in the state because of a primarily climate crisis-related threat.

    The California Fish and Game Commission voted Tuesday to accept a petition that provides the gnarly-limbed yucca plants protected status for a year while the state conducts a study. The Joshua tree – which is not a tree but is actually a succulent called Yucca brevifolia – has graced the landscape of the Mojave desert for 2.5m years.

    Research has shown that amid unmitigated climate change, only .02% of the tree’s current habitat in Joshua Tree national park would remain viable.

  • • Where Performing Circus Elephants Go to Retire
    They Move to a
    Florida Conservation Center

    (National Geographic), -Sept. 23, The retired elephants of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will be moving to a spacious new home at a Florida conservation center next year, concluding a journey that began in 2015 when the circus’s parent company, Feld Entertainment, first announced it would be phasing out its use of performing elephants.

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  • •  Maple Species Face a Growing Threat of Extinction
    Known for Their Vivid
    Colors, Several Maple Species are Now
    In Danger of Extinction.

    (ZME SCIENCE), -Sept. 22, 2020, More than one in five species of maple trees, known for the vivid colors on their autumn leaves, are at high risk of extinction. A new report calls for more conservation measures and the inclusion of maple species in botanic gardens and seed banks.

    Maples are a very well known, diverse, and versatile group of trees and shrubs. They draw millions of visitors each year to the natural maple woods in North America and East Asia but also to gardens and arboreta worldwide. Maples range across the northern hemisphere from North America to Japan and are especially diverse in China.

  • • Gray Heron Seen For First Time In Contiguous U.S.
    Species Has Expanded Its Range

    (National Geographic), -Sept. 21, Skyler Kardell gets to watch birds for a living, in his job as a coastal steward on Tuckernuck Island, part of the town of Nantucket, Massachusetts. While patrolling the beach on September 5, observing terns, the 18-year-old spotted what initially looked like a great blue heron, a waterbird commonly seen there. But on closer look, something was off—it appeared smaller and paler.

    “It had a shorter neck, shorter legs, and shorter bill than a great blue,” Kardell says. In fact, it looked like a gray heron, though Kardell had only seen one before in a book. But these birds are native to Eurasia and Africa.

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    a map, and beautiful images.
  • • Botswana and the Mass Elephant Die-Off
    Botswana Thinks It Has
    Solved the Mystery

    (The Guardian), -Sept. 21, 2020, Hundreds of elephants died in Botswana earlier this year from ingesting toxins produced by cyanobacteria, according to government officials who say they will be testing waterholes for algal blooms next rainy season to reduce the risk of another mass die-off.

    The mysterious death of 350 elephants in the Okavango delta between May and June baffled conservationists, with leading theories suggesting they were killed by a rodent virus known as EMC (encephalomyocarditis) or toxins from algal blooms.

  • • Endangered Fish Species are Legally Being Sold as Seafood
    1/3rd are Exploited at
    Biologically Unsustainable Levels

    (ZME SCIENCE), -Sept. 21, 2020, We might unwittingly be eating endangered fish species as part of our diet, according to a new study which found that almost 100 endangered species that are being sold as seafood across the globe — legally. The researchers warn that the problem could be even greater than we believe, and called to keep endangered species off the menu.

    A team from the University of Queensland looked at records between 2006 and 2014 and found 92 endangered and 11 critically endangered species of seafood where caught and sold, 13 of them internationally. When sold, they aren’t required to be labeled according to species, so consumers don’t know what they are eating.

  • • Federal Protection Sought For Tiehm’s Buckwheat
    The Species Has Lost
    Up to 40% of Its Population

    (Center for Biological Diversity), -Sept. 16, 2020, LAS VEGAS— Conservationists discovered over the weekend that someone had dug up and destroyed more than 17,000 Tiehm’s buckwheat plants, a rare Nevada wildflower the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said this summer may warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act.

    As much as 40% of the flower’s global population, which exists on just 21 acres in western Nevada, may have been destroyed.

  • • 10 Things We Need to Know About Wildlife Trafficking
    Threat to Tens of
    Thousands of Species Globally

    (The Revelator), -Sept. 10, 2020, In August 2020 federal authorities charged a dozen people for illegally trafficking millions of dollars of shark fins in Florida and two other states over the previous seven years.

    According to the indictment, the defendants and their two shell companies also smuggled marijuana across the country and laundered their ill-gotten gains into gold, jewels and other commodities.

    Although the court cases could still take months, the arrests represent a rare victory in the world of wildlife crime.

  • • Global Wildlife Population Is Disappearing
    Almost 2/3 Were Depleted Since 1970

    (ZME SCIENCE), -Sept. 10, 2020,The population sizes of mammals, fish, birds, reptiles, and amphibians have declined an average of 68% between 1970 and 2016, according to World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) Living Planet Report 2020, a biannual assessment of wildlife. Latin America and the Caribbean were the most affected, with an average decline of 94%.

    The report pointed to humanity as the underlying cause of the deterioration of nature and the decline in the wildlife population. The increase in consumption, population, trade and urbanization in the last 50 years means we now use more of Earth’s resources that can be replenished. And this has a tremendous impact on biodiversity.

  • • Promising Story About an Orca Birth
    The New Calf Was Seen Swimming
    Vigorously Alongside Its Mother

    (The Guardian), -Sept. 7, 2020, An orca who became famous around the world in 2018 when she carried her stillborn calf aloft in the water for 17 days has given birth to a healthy baby.

    The not-for-profit Center for Whale Research spotted the baby, dubbed J-57, “swimming vigorously alongside its mother”, named Tahlequah, on Saturday in waters near the border between the US state of Washington and the Canadian province of British Columbia. They estimate that the calf was born a few days earlier.

  • • More Mammals Species Face Extinction If...
    Action Must Be Taken Without Delay

    (ZME SCIENCE), -Sept. 8, 2020, If conservation efforts don’t step up, the number of mammal species going extinct could reach 558 by 2100, according to a new study, which estimated the number based on fossil evidence of past extinctions.

    Unlike previous extinction events, however, humans are largely to blame for this one, researchers argued.

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    The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

    Born from one family’s passion for Kenya and its wilderness, the Trust is today the most successful orphan-elephant rescue and rehabilitation program in the world and one of the pioneering conservation organizations for wildlife and habitat protection in East Africa.

    Click to learn more.

  • Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund
    Their Mission

    The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International is dedicated to the conservation, protection and study of gorillas and their habitats in Africa. Our successful, integrated approach includes close collaboration with local governments and communities as well as partners from around the world

  • Endangered Arkive International Charity
    Arkive of Endangered Species

    Explore 15,000 of the world’s endangered species. With over 100,000 photos and videos, discover what these animals, plants and fungi look like, what makes them special and why we should protect them.

  • Evolutionarily Distinct &Globally Endangered
    Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered (EDGE)

    The EDGE of Existence program is the only global conservation initiative to focus specifically on threatened species that represent a significant amount of unique evolutionary history.

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  • Extinction Countdown
    Endangered Species News and
    Research Around the World

    See article upon article covering threats to the endangered natural world.

    Click now for the
    Scientific American pages.

  • Florida Fish & Wildlife Cons. Commission
    A State Commission
    to Protect Wildlife

    Set up to address fish & wildlife, hunting and game mamagement, fisheries, law enforcement, habitat ans species conservation and more.

    Click to learn how more.

  • Gift the Center for Bio-Diversity
    Show Your Love For Wild-
    life With A Gift Today

    We're counting on the commitment of our members to help our fight to uphold the Endangered Species Act and defend the wild plants, animals and places we all love.

    The Endangered Species Act has an unmatched record of success and has put hundreds of species on the path to recovery, but countless plants and animals are still clinging to existence. Their futures depend on the Center for Biological Diversity and the strength of the Endangered Species Act, and we depend on you.

  • My Green World
    Game Playing to Proterct Wildlife

    World of the Wild is a unique game that gives users an opportunity to participate in fun gameplay while contributing to real life wildlife conservation efforts. This app gamifies the concept of saving animals and allows you to rescue, rehabilitate and care for animals and habitats within your own carefully crafted world. Each animal in the app represents a real-life charity!

    Partnered with 18 charities, World of the Wild offers unique facts and pop quizzes and will allow users to rescue animals in need! The game will empower the global community and transform online culture while restoring the natural world. It's a change to the status quo; utilising online activism to achieve tangible results in conservation.

    Click now to start your game going.

  • The National Wildlife Property Repository
    The National Wildlife
    Property Repository

    The (NWPR) is a 22,000 square foot office and warehouse located northeast of Denver, Colorado at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. The facility is responsible for receiving wildlife items that have been forfeited or abandoned to the U.S.Fish and Wildlife Service.

    By law, these items are stored in a secure environment, many of which are donated to educational facilities, nonprofit organizations, and conservation agencies to aid in teaching about endangered species and other wildlife.

    Click now to learn more.

  • The Nature Conservancy
       The Nature Conservancy   

    Learn about the earth's species and how they are endangered.

    Planet Earth teems with life. And now you can meet some of its stars!

    Click now for their website.

  • Redlist of Threatened Species
    The IUCN Red List is a critical indicator of the health of the world’s biodiversity

    Established in 1964, the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species has evolved to become the world’s most comprehensive information source on the global extinction risk status of animal, fungus and plant species.

    Click to learn more.

  • Save Our Environment Action Alert!
    It's a National Coalition
    for the Environment

    Humans are generating climate-altering greenhouse gases at a rate that will forever alter our world’s ecosystem...

    Click to learn how to help.

  • Wildlife Conservation Society
    Global Wildlife Conservation

    There Statement: “It’s very simple: We cannot condone the dilution of the role of science in protecting endangered and threatened wildlife,” said WCS President and CEO Cristián Samper.

    Click to learn how to help.

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  • • Durrell Wildlife Trust
    The Many Ways They Defend Species

    An organization fully dedicated to the preservation of species. Their website contains many stories, videos and images to get their message across.

  • • Swans: Get the Lead Out
    Search And Rescue For
    Lead-Poisoned Swans

    Feb. 3, 2017,- When Martha Jordan arrived on scene, an elegant white bird with a black beak, a symbol of grace and beauty, lay draped across the tall grass at the edge of a lake. Jordan trudged through the marsh, scooped up its emaciated, 10-pound body and cradled the dead bird in her arms.

  • • Big Trouble For Koalas
    They May Be Extinct
    in Australia's New South
    Wales by 2050

    June 30, 2020,(NBC NEWS)-Koalas in the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) could become extinct by 2050 unless the government immediately intervenes to protect them and their habitat, a parliamentary inquiry determined after a year-long inquiry.

    Land clearing for agriculture, urban development, mining and forestry had been the biggest factor in the fragmentation and loss of habitat for the animals in NSW, the country’s most populous state, over several decades.

  • • Lions Have Their Own Day
    Main Cause for Mane Claws

    August 11, 2017 - Today is World Lion Day, and we can't think of a better way to spend it than raising critically needed funds for research-driven, field-tested strategies that will help save one of the most awe-inspiring species on Earth.

  • • Do Right by the Right Whale
    Protect North Atlantic Right
    Whales from Deadly Entanglements

    -North Atlantic right whales could be extinct in the wild by 2040 -- and the two leading reasons for human-caused North Atlantic right whale deaths are ship strikes and entanglement in fishing gear.

    The US government has lowered permitted vessel speeds to reduce ship strikes. But to save these whales we have to prevent deadly fishing entanglements too.

    Click now to sign this petition.

  • • International Polar Bear Day
    International Polar Bear Day
    Celebrated Annually on Feb. 27th

    Sea ice loss from human-caused climate warming is the single biggest threat to polar bears.

    Polar bears rely on sea ice to hunt seals, breed, and sometimes den. We could see dramatic declines in polar bear numbers by mid-century if we do not greatly reduce the use of fossil fuels for our energy needs, and instead shift to renewables.

    We invite you to join us in electing leaders who support a rapid transition from fossil fuels—making renewable energy options the easy, and affordable, choice across communities.

  • • The Species We Lost in 2019
    Pesticides Are Killing Off
    the Andean Condor

    Jan. 6, 2020 (The Revelator)— We lost a lot of species in 2019.

    The year started with the extinction of a tiny Hawaiian snail and ended with the loss of one of the world’s largest freshwater fishes.

    Along the way we also said goodbye to three bird species, a shark, two frogs, several plants, and a whole lot more.

  • • World Penguin Awareness Day
    A Day Set Aside to
    Honor these Wonderful Birds

    Jan. 6, 2021(DaysoftheYear)-Penguins are fun and interesting animals that are unique in many different ways. There are currently over 18 different known species of penguin and some of them have been around the planet for well over 65 million years. They’re a beloved animal thanks to many popular depictions in movies and children’s stories, but they’re also fascinating birds that have piqued the interest of many people all over the world.

  • • The Endangered Sumatran Rhino
    How to Restore Them

    With fewer than 80 Sumatran Rhinos left in the world, restoring their population is of utmost importance. That’s why Global Wildlife is part of the Sumatran Rhino Survival Alliance, a groundbreaking strategic partnership that focuses on conservation breeding. The group is led by the International Rhino Foundation, International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Species Survival Commission (IUCN SSC), National Geographic Society, GWC and WWF.

    The Alliance has launched a new project called Sumatran Rhino Rescue. The effort, established to support the government of Indonesia’s national Sumatran Rhino breeding program, brings together previously disparate voices and organizations around a single plan to save the species. This ambitious effort includes:

    Click now to view the list of proposals.

  • • Saving Wolves - Ethical or Unethical?
    The Ethics of Saving Wolves

    July 11, 2018 -What is it about wolves that drive so much passion — either to conserve them and rebuild their populations or, on the opposite end of the spectrum, to hunt them or even remove them from the wild?

    Answering that question gets to the heart of what it means to be human and what wolves mean to people, says Michael P. Nelson, professor of environmental ethics and philosophy at Oregon State University.

  • • The Giraffe Population is Facing Extinction
    Saving the Giraffes

    Center for BioDiversity -Known for their 6-foot-long necks, distinctive patterning and long eyelashes, giraffes have always captured the human imagination. These amazing African animals have the highest blood pressure among land mammals, special valves in their heads to make sure they don't pass out after leaning over to drink water, and tongues that can be 20 inches long.

    But these tallest of all land mammals are in the midst of a silent extinction. Africa's giraffe population has dropped by almost 40 percent in the past 30 years, dwindling to just more than 97,000 individuals — which may seem like a big number, but not in giraffes' case (just consider their huge range, for instance).

  • • The Risk of Vanishing Freshwater Mussels
    America’s Freshwater Mussels
    Are Going Extinct
    — Here’s Why That Sucks

    The Revelator, Apr. 4 2018 -Unfortunately, despite the service they provide to our rivers and streams, North America’s freshwater mussels now need some conservation muscle.

    Pretty much wherever they’re found, the shelled bivalves are disappearing. Many of the 300-plus mussel species in the United States have already been added to the endangered species list; many more are waiting for similar protection. Beautiful species with crazy names like the orangefoot pimpleback, purple bean, Higgins eye pearlymussel and pink mucket could soon be a thing of the past.

  • • On Deck: Endangered Species Playing Cards
    Extinction in a Handful of Cards

    As reviewer John Platt wandered the aisles of Rose City Comic-Con in Portland in September (2018), his eyes kept taking in images of the dying and the deceased. Many of the attending artists, I found, were selling artwork and prints of endangered or extinct species. This included plenty of images of dinosaurs — you’d expect that from such an imaginative crowd — but also a fair share of tigers, rhinos, orangutans and polar bears.

    And then there was one of the most unusual items I found at this year’s convention: a tiny pack of playing cards devoted to extinction. Called simply “The 6th Extinction,” it’s like any normal deck of cards — except that in addition to your traditional hearts and clubs, each card also contains a painting or drawing of a species that has been lost due to human activity.

  • • What Is Causing the Amphibian Apocalypse?
    Amphibian 'Apocalypse' Caused By Most Destructive Pathogen Ever

    National Geographic, Mar. 28, 2019  - FOR DECADES, A silent killer has slaughtered frogs and salamanders around the world by eating their skins alive. Now, a global team of 41 scientists has announced that the pathogen—which humans unwittingly spread around the world—has damaged global biodiversity more than any other disease ever recorded.

    The new study, published in Science, is the first comprehensive tally of the damage done by the chytrid fungi Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd) and Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans (Bsal). In all, the fungi have driven the declines of at least 501 amphibian species, or about one out of every 16 known to science.

  • • Have a Problem With Giraffe Parts Sold in the U.S.?
    Giraffe Parts Sales Are Booming
    in the U.S., and It’s Legal

    Aug. 23, 2018 -An investigation showed imports made into pillows, boots and other items have become increasingly popular, at a time when the animal’s global population is dwindling.

    According to a report to be released Thursday by Humane Society of the United States and its international affiliate, more than 40,000 giraffe parts were imported to the United States from 2006 to 2015 to be made into expensive pillows, boots, knife handles, bible covers and other trinkets.

    Click now for more
    from the New York Times.

  • • Managing Conflicts With Lynx, Bobcats and Cougars
    Preventing and Managing ConflictsM
    With Lynx, Bobcats and Cougars

     (Province of Ontario)- Includes advice on the following:
    1. encountering a cougar or lynx
    2. make a property uninviting
    3. avoid conflicts
    4. protecting livestock
    5. humane lethal action

  • • China’s Legalization of Rhino Horns & Tiger Parts is Shocking
    Shock as China
    Legalizes Medicinal Trade in Rhino
    Horns and Tiger Parts

    Scientific American, Nov. 9, 2018 - In a move that shocked and horrified many conservationists, China this week opened up two legal markets for rhino horns and tiger body parts. Under China’s new rules, which overturn a 25-year-old ban, farm-raised tiger and rhino “products” can be approved for use in medical research or by accredited doctors in hospitals, despite the fact that the body parts have no known medicinal value.

    China also approved limited trade in antique tiger and rhino products.


  • • Earth-Friendly Diet
    Eat Less Meat: Save More Wildlife

    Meat production is one of the main drivers of environmental degradation globally, and the crisis is rapidly growing worse.

    That’s why the Center for Biological Diversity launched their Earth-friendly Diet campaign.

  • • Bluefin Tuna Danger
    Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Are In Trouble

    This largest of tuna and can live up to 40 years. They migrate across oceans and can dive more than 4,000 feet...

    Click now for more and
    to watch a video.

  • • The Last of Their Kind
    Eight Species On Life Support

    Oct. 3, 2016 - Other than the remote hope of cloning extinct animals, ponderings about extinct creatures are reserved for the imagination. Extinction is the reason we should cherish the creatures that still roam the planet, the ones we still have a chance to experience. This is especially true when it comes to creatures teetering on the brink of extinction.

    Click now for a glimpse
    (while you still can).

  • • Polar Bears International
    Polar Bears International -
    Yes, They Have Their Own Group

    Their mission is to conserve polar bears and the sea ice they depend on. We also work to inspire people to care about the Arctic and its connection to our global climate.

  • • The Swift Fox is In Trouble
    Swift Fox May Not Be
    Swift Enough to Avoid Extinction

    - Although historically common and widely distributed in short- and mixed-grass prairies of the Great Plains, swift foxes have experienced significant population declines and are now estimated to occupy less than half of their historic range in the United States. In the face of this enormous decline, a multi-stakeholder, comprehensive approach is required to restore swift fox populations across the Northern Great Plains and beyond. Collaboration among tribal communities, universities, conservation organizations, state and government agencies, and private landowners is essential for the swift fox to make a viable comeback.

    Click now for the news
    from World Wildlife Federation.

  • • Take The Arctic Wildlife Quiz
    How Much Do You
    Know About Arctic Wildlife?

    Sponsored by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), see how much you actually know.

  • • Fla. Endangered Species Slideshow
    Endangered Panther Slide Show

    From Sierra Club - presented by Associated Organizing Representative, Aexis Meyer, MSc -This slideshow is being presented by Ms Meyer at various Sierra Club venues thorouhgout the country. It keys in on why we need to protect panthers and other endangered animals.

  • • The Dangers of Wildlife Trafficking
    10 Things Everyone Needs to Know

    Sep. 10, 2020 (The Revelator) -These crimes threaten tens of thousands of species around the world, causing extinctions, hurting people and spreading disease.

    In August 2020 federal authorities charged a dozen people for illegally trafficking millions of dollars of shark fins in Florida and two other states over the previous seven years.

  • • Last 100 Years of Animal Extinction
    Every Extinct Animal Since 1916

    Click now for the images
    and the story behind them.

  • • The Vital Species We Can't Afford to Lose
    The Vital Species We Can't Afford to Lose

    Mar. 10, 2020 (Deutsche Welle) - Every species on Earth plays an important role. But when it comes to sustaining life on our planet, some are more important than others. On World Wildlife Day, DW takes a look at some of those we can't afford to lose. Here is a list:

    1.Bees, 2. Ants, 3. Fungi, 4. Phytoplankton, 5. Bats, 6. Earthworms, 7. Primates and 8. Coral

    Click now to learn why.

  • • Baby Bees Are Suffering From Brain Damage
    Pesticides are Causing ‘Permanent and Irreversible’ Damage

    (Science Focus), -March. 4, 2020, The pesticide imidacloprid causes baby bumblebees’ brains to develop abnormally. When the larvae ate food contaminated with the pesticide, a key area of their brains underdeveloped. The bees’ ability to learn was impaired as a result, and the effects lasted for their whole lives.

    Baby bumblebees develop abnormally when exposed to food contaminated with a certain type of pesticide, scientists have found.

    Researchers from the Imperial College London scanned the brains of bees exposed to imidacloprid, an insecticide with a similar chemical composition to nicotine. They found the key region of the brain that facilitates learning showed reduced growth in the insects exposed to imidacloprid.

  • • Petition to Help Humpback Whales to Survive
    New Hope for
    Humpbacks' Ocean Home

    Dec. 1, 2019  (Center for Biological Diversity)-Each spring humpback whales migrate hundreds and thousands of miles to feed in U.S. waters. Fish are flying. Birds are swooping. Every time they breach, it's a sight to behold.

    But a host of threats continues to endanger their existence. That's why we've been fighting for them for years — and now, following a Center lawsuit, the federal government has proposed to protect more than 175,000 square miles of humpbacks' ocean habitat in California, Oregon, Washington and Alaska.

    Tell the National Marine Fisheries Service to finalize these protections now and shield humpbacks from ship strikes, noise, pollution, overfishing, oil spills and entanglements.

  • • It's Not Going Right For North. Atlantic Whales
    North Atlantic Right Whales Now
    Officially 'One Step From Extinction'

    July 16, 2020,(The Guardian)- With their population still struggling to recover from over three centuries of whaling, the North Atlantic right whale is now just “one step from extinction”, according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The IUCN last week moved the whale’s status on their Red List from “endangered” to “critically endangered” – the last stop before the species is considered extinct in the wild.

  • • Enjoy That Shrimp Cocktail While You Still Can
    Coldwater Shrimp: Catch Has
    Been Declining For More Than a Decade

    (EUROFIDH Magazine)- Northern shrimp or Coldwater shrimp (Pandalus borealis) which is found all around the Arctic is the most frequent and economically important species of the decapod genus Pandalus. The firm, tender flesh of this coldwater shrimp is deemed particularly tasty.

    Despite its relatively small size it has been targeted by the fishing industry since the early 20th century. However, the stocks have been declining for several years, probably as a result of global climate change.

    Northern shrimp live in the icy waters of the northern hemisphere. In the Atlantic they are to be found from New England along the Canadian coast, off Greenland, Iceland and Svalbard as far as Norway and the deep sea regions of the North Sea. And in the Pacific, in the Okhotsk Sea, the Bering Strait and in the waters off Alaska.

  • • What We Have to Fear From Endangered Species
    These Invaders, Large and Small, Have Devastating Effects on Wildlife.

    (National Wildlife Federation (NWF)) -Invasive species are among the leading threats to native wildlife. Approximately 42% of threatened or endangered species are at risk due to invasive species.

    Human health and economies are also at risk from invasive species. Their impacts on our natural ecosystems and economy cost billions of dollars each year. Many of our commercial, agricultural, and recreational activities depend on healthy native ecosystems.

  • • Pangolins Hunted in India for the China Medical Market
    Hunters Are Targeting
    Endangered Pangolins in India

    Dec.3, 2018, National Geographic -

    A study published November 3 in the journal Nature Conservation by researchers at University of Oxford’s Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU) and the nonprofit World Animal Protection sheds new light on pangolin hunting in India, a country known to be a source of pangolins entering the illegal trade but that’s been little studied.

    Pangolins are scaly, ant-eating mammals that live in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. Their scales are in high demand in the illegal wildlife trade, valued for use in traditional Chinese medicine. Two species—Indian pangolin and the Chinese pangolin—live in the northeastern Indian state of Assam, where the research was carried out.

  • • The Threats to the New Mexico Meadow Jumping Mouse
    New Mexico Meadow
    Jumping Mouse Is Endangered

    WildEarth Guardians -The mouse has been extirpated from 70 to 80% of its historic range, which extended from the San Juan Mountains in southwestern Colorado into the Rio Grande Valley in New Mexico and the White Mountains in Arizona. It became a candidate for listing under the Endangered Species Act in December 2007, and was listed in June 2014.

    Click to learn how they’re threatened.

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