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Endangered Species News (For the Past 6 Months)

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  • Maine Governor Signs Bill to Save the Bees
    New Law Implements
    Strongest Statewide Restriction
    in the U.S. on Neonicotinoid Use

    June 11, 2021 (ENVIRONMENT MAINE)-Gov. Janet Mills signed the nation’s strongest restriction on bee-killing neonicotinoids (neonics) into law on Thursday. LD 155, sponsored by Rep. Nicole Grohoski of Ellsworth, prohibits the use of the most harmful neonic pesticides in residential landscapes. The bill won bipartisan support in the Maine State Legislature, which passed it on June 7.

    Neonics are insecticides that affect the central nervous system and are highly toxic to invertebrates, including bees and butterflies. These systemic chemicals, when absorbed into a plant, contaminate nectar and pollen and remain in soil and groundwater long after they’re applied.

    A significant body of scientific evidence links neonic use to massive bee population losses, threatening not only honeybee colonies, but also Maine’s 270 species of native bees.

  • The Large-Antlered Muntjac Faces a ‘Quiet Extinction’
    This Critically Endangered, Fanged
    Deer Species is Losing Out to
    the Snaring Crisis in Laos and Vietnam.

    June 4, 2021 (The Revelator)-First recognized as a new species in 1993, the large-antlered muntjac is already critically endangered and heading fast toward extinction. As muntjac go, the large-antlered is the largest species, but muntjac in general are small members of the deer family Cervidae.

    The species is facing a “quiet extinction,” hidden away in a minuscule global range in the Annamite Mountains of Laos and Vietnam.

    • • The Endangered Tiger Poacher Has Been Caught
      It Took 20 Years to Achieve That Goal

      (ZME Science), June 1, 2021 -It took more than two decades, but police forces in Bangladesh were finally able to track down a notorious poacher who is believed to have killed at least 70 endangered Bengal tigers (Panthera tigris). Habib Talukder, known as Tiger Habib, was captured last Saturday near the massive Sundarbans Forest on the border between India and Bangladesh.

      he poacher was found by the police thanks to a tip. He was living in a village right next to the forest and would flee whenever officers raided the area.

    • • The Guitar Industry’s Growing Environmental Problem
      A "Growing" Awareness Among
      Musicians Could Help Change This

      (ZME Science), May 31, 2021 -Tracing guitar manufacturing all the way back to the trees from which the wood came from, a group of researchers took a close look at the guitar industry and its environmental footprint – and the results were surprising. The industry is struggling with scandals over illegal logging, resource scarcity, and environmental regulations related to trade in endangered species of trees.

      Chris Gibson and Andrew Warren, both geographers at the University of Wollongong in Australia, spent six years tracing guitar-making across five continents, with a focus on the timber used — known in the industry as tonewoods for their acoustic qualities — and the industry’s environmental dilemmas. They visited guitar factories all over the world and analyzed materials and manufacturing techniques.

    • • Biden Budget Fails to Address Extinction Crisis
      Around 650 U.S. Plants and Animals
      Have Already Been Lost to Extinction.

      (Center for Biological Diversity), May 28, 2021 -With today’s release of President Biden’s first full budget, the administration signaled that stemming the wildlife extinction crisis and safeguarding the nation’s endangered species will not be a top priority, despite the warnings of scientists that one million species are at risk of going extinct around the world without intervention.

      The Biden administration is proposing just $22 million — a mere $1.5 million above last year’s levels — to protect the more than 500 imperiled animals and plants still waiting for protection under the Endangered Species Act. It is at the same level as what was provided for in 2010.

    • • Restoring Federal Endangered Species Protections For Gray Wolves
      Wildlife Advocate Groups
      Launched the Petition

      (Boise State Public Radio), May 26, 2021 -Multiple wildlife advocacy groups Wednesday officially petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to resume endangered species protection for gray wolves in the northern Rockies. The filing is a direct response to new legislation in Idaho and Montana expanding hunting and professional extermination efforts to reduce wolf populations.

      The Center For Biological Diversity, Sierra Club and the National Humane Society and its lobbying arm, the Humane Society Legislative Fund, co-signed the petition. It says the drastic reduction of wolf populations violates the 2011 delisting agreement (authored in 2009) between the states and the federal government.

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    • • Giant River Otter Feared Extinct in Argentina Pops Up
      Conservationists Thrilled at the
      Sighting of the Wild Predator,
      Last Seen in Argentina in the 1980s

      (The Guardian), May 25, 2021 -“It was a huge surprise,” said Sebastián Di Martino, director of conservation at Fundación Rewilding Argentina. “I was incredulous. An incredible feeling of so much happiness. I didn’t know if I should try to follow it or rush back to our station to tell the others.”

      The cause of the excitement was the sighting, last week, of a wild giant river otter – an animal feared extinct in the country due to habitat loss and hunting – on the Bermejo River in Impenetrable national park, in north-east Argentina’s Chaco province. The last sighting of a giant otter in the wild in Argentina was in the 1980s. On the Bermejo, none have been seen for more than a century.(Article includes a short video)

    • • Leonardo DiCaprio is Restoring the Galápagos Islands
      He Puts Up $43m
      to Make That Happen

      (The Guardian), May 18, 2021 -Leonardo DiCaprio has announced a $43m (£30.4m) pledge to enact sweeping conservation operations across the Galápagos Islands, with his social media accounts taken over by a wildlife veterinarian and island restoration specialist.

      The initiative, in partnership with Re:wild, an organization founded this year by a group of renowned conservation scientists and DiCaprio, the Galápagos National Park Directorate, Island Conservation and local communities, aims to re-wild the entire Galápagos Islands, as well as all of Latin America’s Pacific archipelagos.

    • • Will Biodiversity Recover From the Crisis We Caused?
      The World is Entering
      into a 6th Mass Extinction

      May 18, 2021(ZME Science), - Scientists say it will take millions of years to undo the damage humanity is currently causing on the world’s biodiversity, described as a 6th mass extinction.

      A new study found that the rate of biodiversity decline in freshwater ecosystems outcompetes that during the end-Cretaceous mass extinction event, which wiped out the dinosaurs.

    • • California Closisg Commercial Crab Fishery to Avoid Whale Entanglements
      June 1 Closure Lags
      Behind Whales’ Return

      May 18, 2021(Center for Biological Diversity), - California Department of Fish and Wildlife Director Chuck Bonham today ordered the state’s commercial Dungeness crab fishery to close at noon on June 1 to avoid entangling endangered humpback whales now migrating along California’s coastline. The season typically ends June 30 in central California and July 15 in Northern California.

      The closure order was based on data from the state’s new Risk Assessment and Mitigation Program. That program was developed in line with a legal agreement with the Center for Biological Diversity, which sued the department in 2017 over increasing whale entanglements.

    • • Elephants are Dying in droves in Botswana
      Scientists Don’t Know Why

      May 14, 2021 (ScienceNews) -Die-offs of African elephants have once again erupted in Botswana. In just the first three months of 2021, 39 have succumbed.

      The mysterious deaths occurred in the Moremi Game Reserve, in the northern part of the country, nearly 100 kilometers from a region of the Okavango Delta, where about 350 African elephants died during May and June in 2020. Puzzled scientists have been calling for thorough investigations as the government sends mixed messages on the cause of death.

    • • E.U. Bans Neonicotinoid Pesticides
      The Bees Are Thankful

      May 7, 2021 (ZME Science) -Following an appeal by the agrochemical company Bayer, the European Union’s highest court has now confirmed a partial ban on three neonicotinoid pesticides linked to harming bees, preventing their use on certain crops.

      The EU’s Commission had banned the pesticides in 2018 but this couldn’t be enforced due to Bayer’s appeal until now.

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    • • Warning! The World's Donkeys Are in Trouble
      They're Threatened by Demand
      for Chinese Traditional Medicine

      May 7, 2021 (ZME Science) -Some 5 million donkeys are slaughtered every year to satisfy the demand of eijao, a gelatin-based traditional medicine. If this trend keeps up, more than half of the world’s donkeys could be killed over the next five years.

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    • • A Floating Gadget that Could Save Millions ff Seabirds
      It's a Floating Buoy
      With Big Looming Eyes

      May 7, 2021 (ZME Science) - Imagine you’re a long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis). You see a small, delicious fish in the water and you dive towards it, looking for a tasty meal. But just as you catch it in your beak, you hit a wall of near-invisible netting, meeting the same fate as the fish you’re trying to eat.

      Far from being a hypothetical scenario, this is a danger that many seabirds face every day — because of gillnets.

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    • • Demanding Actions Critical to Protecting
      Endangered Species, Wildlife Refuges From Toxic Pesticides
      U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
      Urged to End Trump-era Delays,
      Implement Real Conservation Measures

      Apr. 30, 2021 (Center for Biological Diversity)-More than 100 groups sent three letters to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today outlining urgent actions needed to protect the nation’s wildlife and their habitats from dangerous pesticides.

      Conservation, environmental justice, agriculture and religious groups representing tens of millions of people detailed opportunities for ramping up protections in three letters that call for the Service to:
      • Prohibit pesticide use in designated critical habitat for endangered plants and animals;
      • Eliminate use of harmful agricultural pesticides on national wildlife refuges, and;
      • Complete scientific reviews scrapped by the Trump administration assessing the harms that chlorpyrifos, malathion and diazinon do to protected species.

    • • A Whale of a Threat
      Despite Strides in Whale Conservation,
      Climate Change, Plastic Pollution and
      Other Dangers Have Emerged

      Apr. 28, 2021 (The Revelator) -Humans and whales have a complex relationship.

      We’ve hunted whales for food for centuries, celebrated them in our art and culture, admired their familial relationships and songs, and even worshipped them as gods.

      But at the same time, we’ve over-hunted multiple whale species to the brink of extinction, overfished their prey, poisoned their bodies and habitats, and scarred or killed them with our oceanic vessels.

    • • World Penguin Day - Who Knew?
      Penguin Facts You Might Want to Know

      Apr. 25, 2021 (ZME Science), -World Penguin Day is upon us. Pioneered at McMurdo Station — an American Research center on Ross Island in Antarctica — to raise awareness and inform the public more about the plights of flightless birds, it has been embraced by environmentalists all over the globe. It was noticed by scientists that April 25 was the specific day which the Adelie penguins began to make their trip north for food during the wintertime, so that was the day that got the devotion.

      While popular belief is that all penguin species live in Antarctica, in fact, only five have ever visited, and only two (the Adelie and emperor) call it home 24/7. The Humboldt of Chile and Peru live on the shores of the Atacama Desert, the driest desert in the world where temperatures can reach around 70°F (21°C). The yellow-eyed penguins of Enderby Island off New Zealand burrow under the trees of the dwarf rata forests.

      Click now to read or listen to the story.
    • • Green Groups Buy Belize Forest to Protect it ‘in Perpetuity’
      Conservation Organizations Purchase 950
      to Secure a Vital Wildlife Corridor

      Apr. 22, 2021 (The Guardian), -The news is timed to coincide with Earth Day, the annual event established in 1970 to mobilize action on environmental issues.

      The newly named Belize Maya Forest is part of 150,000 sq km (38m acres) of tropical forest across Mexico, Belize and Guatemala known as the Selva Maya, a biodiversity hotspot and home to five species of wild cat (jaguars, margay, ocelot, jaguarundi and puma), spider monkeys, howler monkeys and hundreds of bird species.

    • • Protecting Colombia's Jaguars
      Jaguars Roam the Rainforests of
      S.America Silently and Well Camouflaged.

      Apr. 21, 2021 (Deutsche Welle), -Livestock farming has a long history in Casanare, Colombia, and the Barragan family is one of the oldest llanero or cattle-herding clans in the region. They rear cattle, wrangling them on horseback, on a 17,000-hectare (42,008 acre) farm.

      Casanare and the land around the Barragan ranch are also home to jaguars. The big cats need large stomping grounds to roam and hunt, and farms have eaten into tropical forest, encroaching on the animal's territory.

      The article includes a video.

    • • Only 3% of Earth’s Land Hasn’t Been Marred By Humans
      Human Activity has Had a
      Far-Ranging Impact on the Numbers
      and Abundance of Other Species

      Apr. 21, 2021 (ScienceNews, -The Serengeti looks largely like it did hundreds of years ago.

      Lions, hyenas and other top predators still stalk herds of wildebeests over a million strong, preventing them from eating too much vegetation. This diversity of trees and grasses support scores of other species, from vivid green-orange Fischer’s lovebirds to dung beetles. In turn, such species carry seeds or pollen across the plains, enabling plant reproduction. Humans are there too, but in relatively low densities. Overall, it’s a prime example of what biologists call an ecologically intact ecosystem: a bustling tangle of complex relationships that together sustain a rich diversity of life, undiminished by us.

      Such places are vanishingly rare.

    • • Biden Administration Protects Endangered Pacific Humpback Whale Habitat
      Final Rule Designates 116,098
      Square Nautical Miles as Critical Habitat

      Apr. 20, 2021 (Center for Biological Diversity), -The Biden administration issued a final rule today protecting 116,098 square nautical miles of the Pacific Ocean as critical habitat for three populations of endangered humpback whales. The rule could begin to help protect migrating whales from ship strikes, entanglement in fishing gear, and oil spills.

      The action was prompted by a 2018 legal victory by the Center for Biological Diversity, Wishtoyo Foundation and Turtle Island Restoration Network. The groups had sued over the federal failure to designate critical habitat as required by the Endangered Species Act. The suit led the Trump administration to issue a proposed rule in 2019 and today’s final rule.

    • • Lawsuit Seeks Protections for 19 Species Left to Languish by Trump Administration
      Animals, Plants Across U.S. All
      Badly in Need of Protections

      Apr. 15, 2021 (Center for Biological Diversity), -The Center for Biological Diversity sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today for failing to protect 19 imperiled species from across the United States under the Endangered Species Act.

      The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Washington, D.C., seeks final decisions on protection as threatened or endangered species for the Franklin’s bumblebee from Oregon, the Sierra Nevada red fox, Hermes copper butterfly from California, and Bartram’s stonecrop and Beardless chinchweed from Arizona.

    • • The Plight of the Gray Whale
      Why are So Many Gray
      Whales Dying in the Pacific?

      Apr. 13, 2021 (NationalGeographic) -As early morning fog lifts off the Baja California coastline, Alushe Camacho steers a small fishing boat through a mangrove-lined estuary, his eyes fixed on the horizon. During most of the year, Camacho hunts grouper, sole, and hammerhead sharks. Today he’s in search of gray whales.

      But over the last three years, Camacho and others have noticed ominous changes. The whales are arriving in the estuary later in the year, and many appear malnourished, the jagged outline of vertebrae visible on their typically fatty backs. More whales than usual have been washing up dead along the shore.

    • • Polar Bears Are Barely Getting By
      The Poster Child for Climate
      Change Suffers In More Ways than One

      Apr. 9, 2021 (ZME Science) -The Arctic is currently warming twice as fast as the rest of the planet and unsurprisingly, Arctic animals are desperately struggling to cope with the changes. All the creatures in the food chain are affected, but predators suffer even more, as they see their usual hunting grounds reduced year by year.

    • • Protection For Hefty Suwannee Alligator Snapping Turtle
      Only about 2,000 Suwannee
      Alligator Snapping Turtles Remain in Just
      Two States, Georgia and Florida

      Apr. 7, 2021 (GEORGIA RECORDER) -A rare prehistoric looking turtle only found in south Georgia and north Florida might soon gain federal protection after struggling to rebound.

      The announced this week that it has proposed listing the Suwannee alligator snapping turtle as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.The announcement kicks off a public comment period that will wrap up this June.

    • • The Zombie Deer Disease
      How Much of a Threat Does it Pose?

      Apr. 6, 2021 (ZME Science ) -Since the disease was first reported 50 years ago, sightings have expanded to several areas. According to the CDC, this disease is present in at least 24 states in the United States and has also spread internationally — there are likely more cases we don’t know about yet.

      The disease was first noticed as veterinarians were reporting deer just “wasting away” — suffering from weakness, dehydration, weight loss, and confusion, among others. Deer suffering from this dreadful disease lose their fear of humans and coordination, appearing like “walking zombies”, hence the name.

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    • • Canada's Herring Facing ‘Biological Decimation’
      Herring off Western Coast Will ‘Teeter
      on Edge of Complete Collapse’ If
      Commercial Fishing Continues At Current Level

      Apr. 3, 2021 (Green Car Reports),First Nations and conservationists are warning that Pacific herring populations are “collapsing” off Canada’s western coast, and are appealing for a moratorium on commercial fishing until the critical species can rebuild.

      Emmie Page, a marine campaigner with the organization Pacific Wild, said in the past, five large commercial herring fisheries opened each year on the coast.

    • • Sanctioning Mexico to Save Critically Endangered Porpoises
      With 10 Vaquita Remaining, Mexico
      Pushed to Halt Illegal Fishing

      Apr. 1, 2021 (Center for Biological Diversity) -In a series of letters delivered today, conservation groups urged the United States and international authorities to use sanctions to pressure Mexico to save the vaquita, whose population has dwindled to just 10 remaining animals. Despite repeated promises for decades, the Mexican government has failed to stop the use of deadly gill nets that are entangling, drowning and killing these porpoises — driving them to extinction.

    • • Rediscovery of Rare Gecko Delights Experts
      The Cupola Gecko, Rediscovered
      After More than a Decade

      Mar. 31, 2021 (The Guardian) -After two years spent turning over thousands of rocks in search of the Cupola gecko, New Zealand lizard expert Ben Barr had been starting to wonder: “Am I ever going to find this thing?”

      But this month, in the Nelson Lakes national park at the top of the South Island, he lifted another rock – and there it was.

    • • African Elephants Inch Closer to Extinction
      Poaching and Habitat Loss
      is Hitting Them Hard

      Mar. 26, 2021 (ZME Science) -The African forest elephant (Loxodonta cyclotis) is now listed as Critically Endangered and the African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana) as Endangered on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species. They’re more in danger than they have ever been, and it’s mostly due to habitat reduction and ivory trade.

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    • • The Bald Eagle Make a Comeback!
      An American National Symbol, is
      Now also a Successful Conservation Story

      Mar. 20, 2021 (ZME Science) -Once on the brink of extinction, the recovery of the American bald eagle has now turned into one of the most successful conservation stories in the United States.

      A report by the US Fish and Wildlife Service showed that the population of the eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus), a national symbol of the US, has quadrupled since 2009 — and it’s all because of the long-term conservation efforts across the country.

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    • • Redditors are Pouring Money into Saving Gorillas
      Donations Like this One are Very
      Helpful During Difficult Times

      Mar. 20, 2021 (ZME Science) -The usually gets 20 new gorilla adoptions over the weekend. But since last Saturday it has received over 3,500 adoptions worth $350,000. Most were done out to fictional names. The funds will go towards field programs to track, monitor, and study gorillas.

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    • • Hundreds of Australian Species Threatened by Wildfires
      More Than 500 Species May Now be Endangered — or Extinct

      Mar. 9, 2021 (ScienceNews) -When Isabel Hyman heads out in coming weeks to the wilds of northern New South Wales, she’s worried about what she won’t find. Fifteen years ago, the malacologist — or mollusk scientist — with the Australian Museum made an incredible discovery among the limestone outcrops there: a tiny, 3-millimeter-long snail, with a ribbed, dark golden-brown shell, that was new to science.

    • • Manatees in Death Spiral Across Fla.
      Scientists Say Florida’s Most Beloved Marine Mammal is Starving to Death.

      Mar. 8, 2021 (Sarasota Herald Tribune) -On a recent Saturday, the Stasiks witnessed the famine in real time along the banks of Manatee Cove Park on Merritt Island, Florida. The paradise they once padded through in this remote, mangrove- lined cove now looks lost – like an elephant graveyard. Except there are manatee bones that litter the shoreline, not tusks.

    • • How Safe is the Coral Population?
      A Half-Trillion Corals
      Live in Just One Ocean.
      Is their Safety Guaranteed?

      Mar. 4, 2021 (Science Magazine) -A comprehensive survey of corals has turned up billions of colonies across the Pacific Ocean. The work—based on actual head counts, satellite data, and informed estimates—suggests many species are not in immediate danger of extinction, and the census could help conservationists and policymakers make better decisions about how to protect reefs.

    • • The World's Smallest Wild Hog Was Saved From Extinction
      But the Pygmy Hog is
      Still in Danger

      Mar. 3, 2021 (The Guardian) -The greyish brown pygmy hog (Porcula salvania), with its sparse hair and a streamlined body that is about the size of a cat’s, is the smallest wild pig in the world, and also one of its rarest, appearing on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) red list as endangered.

    • • Popular Flea Collar Linked to Almost 1,700 Pet Deaths
      The EPA Has Issued No Warning

      Mar. 2, 2021 (USA TODAY) -Rhonda Bomwell had never used a flea and tick collar before. Pierre, her 9-year-old Papillon service dog, was mostly an indoor animal.

      Still, her veterinarian recommended she purchase one, so Bomwell went to the pet store near her home in Somerset, New Jersey, and selected Bayer’s Seresto collar.

      A day later, on June 2, 2020, Pierre had a seizure, collapsing while Bomwell was making dinner. Lying on his back, the dog stopped breathing and his eyes rolled back.

    • • 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.

      Click now to read or listen to the story.
    • • Bronx Zoo Welcomes American White Pelican
      Pelican Found Shot in Both
      Wings Gets Second Chance

      Feb. 24, 2021 (WCSNewsroom) - One of the newest residents at the Bronx Zoo is an American white pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) named Amos. His bold personality and friendly demeanor will surely make him a favorite among those who are able to meet him though a Bronx Zoo in-person or virtual Animal Encounter session.

      Amos arrived at the Bronx Zoo at the end of 2020. His story is even bigger than his personality. In 2016 Amos was found in the Port of Corpus Christi with drooping wings and unable to fly. He was brought to the Wildlife Rescue Center at the nearby Texas State Aquarium where radiographs revealed that both wings were broken. Veterinarians determined that he had been shot in both wings, likely while in flight.

    • • 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.

    • • Most High-Seas Shark Species Now Threatened With Extinction
      For Example: The Scalloped
      Hammerhead Shark is Critically
      Endangered From Overfishing

      Jan. 27, 2021 (Science) -Shark populations in the high seas have fallen by 71% since 1970, researchers have found. The main cause is overfishing, which has put three-quarters of these species at risk of extinction.

      “It’s the first big picture” of the decline in sharks, says Nuno Queiroz, a marine ecologist at the Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources who was not involved with the research. The new global perspective, he says, “gives you an idea how pervasive the fishing has been.”

    • • A Thriving Thai Tiny Fish Preserve
      The Radical Experiment
      Consisted of Just 75 Households

      Jan. 21, 2021 (National Geographic) - In 1998, people in Na Doi, a quiet village in northwest Thailand, noticed that their fish catches in the nearby Ngao River were declining. The fish they did manage to net were also getting smaller. Together, Na Doi’s 75 households decided to try a radical solution: they would set aside a small stretch of river to be strictly off-limits to fishing.

      Nearly a quarter-century later, the experiment has paid off. The protected section of the Ngao brims with large barb and mahseer (a kind of carp), and catches outside of the reserve, where the villagers fish, have significantly increased.

    • • 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.

    • • NW’s Salmon Population May Be Running Out of Time
      Wash. State Recreation and Conservation
      Office Found that Some Salmon Species
      are “on the Brink of Extinction.”

      Jan. 20, 2021 (NY Times Climate Forward) -A Washington State report put it bluntly: Because of the devastating effects of climate change and deteriorating habitats, several species of salmon in the Pacific Northwest are “on the brink of extinction.”

      Of the 14 species of salmon and steelhead trout in Washington State that have been deemed endangered and are protected under the Endangered Species Act, 10 are lagging recovery goals and five of those are considered “in crisis,” according to the 2020 State of Salmon in Watersheds report, which was released in mid-January.

      Click now to for the
      story and some graphic images.
    • • 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.

      Click now to read or listen the story.
    • • 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.

      Click now to read or listen to the story.
    • • 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.)

      Click now to listen to or read the story.
    • • 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.

      Click now to read or
      listen to the story.

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    • Amboseli Trust for Elephants
      Conservation Through
      Knowledge And Awareness

      The Amboseli Trust for Elephants aims to ensure the long-term conservation and welfare of Africa’s elephants in the context of human needs and pressures through scientific research, training, community outreach, public awareness and advocacy.

    • Aspinall Foundation for Animal Conservation
         The Aspinall Foundation   

      An international Animal Conservation Charity in Conjunction with Howletts and Port Lympne Wild Animal Parks.

      Mission: to halt extinction of rare and endangered species and return them to the wild where possible.

    • Cheetah Conservation Fund
      Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF):

      It's the longest-running and most successful conservation project dedicated to cheetah survival.

      Their signature programs, addressing human-wildlife conflict, livelihood development, education and habitat restoration, have stabilized the wild cheetah population of Namibia – the world’s largest — and have helped launch sister programs in several other cheetah range countries. None of this would not be possible without you.

    • Creatures of the Photo Ark
      Nat Geo Photographer
      Shows His Stuff

      Joel Sartore has traveled the world for more than 25 years, photographing subjects from tiny to terrifying.

      These images are not to be missed.

    • The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
      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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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!

    • 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.

    • 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...

    • 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.

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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 2020
      They May No Longer Exist Due To
      Humanity’s Destructive Effects On The Plane

      Jan. 6, 2021 (The Revelator) -A few months ago a group of scientists warned about the rise of extinction denial, an effort much like climate denial to mischaracterize the extinction crisis and suggest that human activity isn’t really having a damaging effect on ecosystems and the whole planet.

      That damaging effect is, in reality, impossible to deny.

    • • 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.

    • • Saving The Southern Resident Orca
      AKA: Puget Sound Killer Whale

      (Center for Biological Diversity) -The The charismatic killer whale, or orca, is the totem species of northwest Washington and coastal British Columbia.

      This intelligent, social predator is known to form lasting social bonds and lives in highly organized pods where everyone cares for the young, sick or injured. But like all endangered species, those pods must learn how to navigate the complicated, dangerous terrain of the 21st century.

      As few as 72 Southern Residents remain on Earth. They’re in a dangerous decline because of a lack of food, pollution, and noise and disturbance from boats.

    • • Solomon Islands Coral Reef Under Stress
      Watch the Short Video

      June 4, 2021 (Wildlife Conservation Society), -Coral reefs are in crisis. These crucial undersea ecosystems have been battered in recent years, especially by climate change. The gravity of the situation is real: Over 20% of the world’s coral reefs have vanished in the last 30 years.

      Even reefs in shallow areas, previously thought less vulnerable, are showing alarming signs of climate-related stress. Tour a reef in the South Pacific that just underwent a major bleaching event—and be a witness to the urgency of climate action now.

    • • 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

    • • The Rice Whale (Not the Bryde's Whale) Is In Trouble
      A New Whale Species in the
      Gulf is already Teetering on Extinction

      (, -Jan. 25, 2021, There was always something a little odd about the exceedingly rare Bryde’s whales that live in the Gulf of Mexico.

      For one thing, the endangered and rarely studied Bryde’s (pronounced broodus) ranges across the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans, but the ones in the Gulf are homebodies, preferring to stay in the deep waters between Louisiana and Florida. They also behave differently. Instead of snagging fish near the surface like their far-flung cousins do, the Bryde’s whales of the Gulf appear to dine in deep water.


    • • 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.

    • • 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.

    • • 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.

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