The World's Ten Most Threatened Species

Endangered Salmon
Wild Salmon

                
Ivory Billed WP
Ivory-Billed
Woodpecker
Armor
Leopard
Javan Rhino
Javan
Rhino
Bamboo Lemur
Greater
Bamboo Lemur
Northern Right Whale
Northern
Right Whale
    
                
Mountain Gorilla
Mountain
Gorilla
LeatherbackTurtle
Leatherback
Turtle
Siberian Tiger
Siberian
Tiger
Chinese Giant Salamander
Chinese Giant
Salamander
Hawaiian Monk Seals
Hawaain
Monk Seal
    

Endangered Species News (For the Past 6 Months)

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  • 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.

    “This is an absolute tragedy,” said Patrick Donnelly, Nevada state director at the Center for Biological Diversity. “Tiehm’s buckwheat is one of the beautiful gems of Nevada’s biodiversity and some monster destroyed thousands of these irreplaceable flowering plants.”

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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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  • Why Are Elephants Dying in Botswana and Zimbabwe?
    The Race to Solve the
    Mystery of Mass Die-Offs

    (The Guardian), -Sept. 3, 2020, Earlier this year, more than 350 elephants mysteriously died in the Okavango delta in Botswana. Individuals of all ages and both sexes were affected, with many walking in circles before dying suddenly, collapsing on their faces. The mass die-off in May and June was described as a “conservation disaster.”

    Three months later, most surviving elephants have fled. Last week a plane flew over the Okavango Panhandle, an area in the north-west of the delta where most of the deaths occurred, and eight elephants were spotted, when normally you would see hundreds, says Dr Niall McCann, director of conservation at UK-based charity National Park Rescue. “It is understandable, I’m sure you or I would flee if all our friends and relatives were dying, and that’s what the elephants appear to have done.”

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  • Endangered: The Board Game
    The Board Game That
    Teaches About Endangered Species

    Aug. 21, 2020 (Science News) - Saving endangered species isn’t easy. Doing so requires the cooperation of many people — from scientists and conservation organizations to governments and local residents — as well as a bit of luck. That’s as true in real life as it is in Endangered, a new board game from Grand Gamers Guild.

    Endangered is a cooperative game for one to five players. Each person takes on a role — zoologist, philanthropist, lobbyist, environmental lawyer or TV wildlife show host — and players work together to convince at least four ambassadors to save a species. (In a one-player game, two roles are played simultaneously.) If you get too few “yes” votes, or let habitat destruction spread too much, or if your animal population dies out, everyone loses

  • Wildlife Is Paying a Price For COVID Disinfectant Use
    It's Alarming Scientists For Good Reason

    National Geographic, August 7, 2020 -In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, public health officials believed that one of the most effective ways to fight the spread of the virus was to disinfect highly touched surfaces.

    That led China, South Korea, France, Spain, and several other countries to spray copious amounts of disinfectant throughout densely populated urban areas. Fleets of trucks, drones, and even robots doused streets, parks,playgrounds, and other outdoor public spaces with virus-killing chemicals.

    In Indonesia, drones drenched homes in disinfectant from above. And in one village in Spain, tractors dumped hundreds of gallons of bleach onto a public beach.

  • Some Good News for the Emperor Penguin
    A Throng of New
    Antarctica Penguin Colonies
    Spotted From Space

    Aug. 4, 2020,(The Guardian)-Satellite images have revealed 11 previously unknown emperor penguin colonies in Antarctica, boosting the number of known colonies of the imperilled birds by 20%.

    The discoveries were made by spotting the distinctive red-brown guano patches the birds leave on the ice. The finds were made possible by higher-resolution images from a new satellite, as previous scans were unable to pick up smaller colonies.

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  • Saving Appalachia’s Endangered Mussels
    A Bold Plan Was Needed

    July 31, 2020,(Science News)-The emergency surgery took place in the back of a modified pickup truck in a parking lot in Pikeville, Ky. This scrappy plan to rescue a species of mussel on the edge of extinction made perfect sense: Meet somewhere between Indian Creek in Virginia, where the last known wild golden riffleshells lived, and Kentucky’s Center for Mollusk Conservation in Frankfort, where they would be saved.

    The strategy was a malacologist’s version of a Hail Mary pass. One scientist would gingerly pry open three golden riffleshells and remove their larvae to be nurtured in his lab. The other would return the three mussels to Indian Creek, and wait for the day he could introduce their grown offspring to the same habitat. If the plan didn’t produce enough offspring to sustain a new population, the mussels would probably vanish.

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  • Migratory Freshwater Fish Declined 76% Since 1970
    They Are Very Important to Keep
    Rivers, Lakes And Wetlands Healthy

    ZME SCIENCE, July 29, 2020 -The populations of migratory freshwater fish species have drastically declined by 76% on average since 1970, according to a new report. Most of this damage is linked to human-made impacts such as hydropower, overfishing, and pollution.

    Europe was the most affected region, with a 93% plunge.

    Issued by the World Fish Migration Foundation and Zoological Society of London, the Living Planet Index is the first major report to look to the status of freshwater migratory fish on a global scale.

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  • Australia's Endangered Seahorses
    Let's Just Check Them In to Hotels

    July 15, 2020,(Deutsche Welle)-Researchers in Australia are building ocean love shacks to boost numbers of the endangered White's seahorse. Pollution, construction, storms and illegal trade are threatening the tiny pipefish.

    It can grow to a maximum of 16 centimeters, change color depending on mood and habitat, and, like all seahorses, the White's seahorse male gestates its young. But this tiny snouted fish is under threat.

    White's seahorse also called the Sydney seahorse, is native to the Pacific waters off Australia's east coast. In recent years, populations have decreased drastically. It and the South African Knysna seahorse are the only two out of around 50 seahorse species to be listed as endangered.

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  • The Illegal Trade in Endangered Cuban Snails
    World’s Most Beautiful Snails’
    Threatened by Illegal Trade

    July 15, 2020,(National Geographic) -Their shells come in a wide variety of colors: pastel yellow and pink, brick red and black, pearly white and ochre. Regardless of hue, the markings of the six species of Cuban painted snails, as they’re known, accentuate the whorled shape of their grape-size shells, which swirl in upon themselves. You can get lost gazing at these marvels of nature, as if you’re peering down a whimsically colored staircase that spirals on forever.

    Cuba is home to the world’s greatest diversity of snails, but no others have shells with such a range of colors and complex patterns. Painted snails, in the genus Polymita, have long been sought by collectors, who sell the shells to tourists or trade them abroad to the United States and Europe. This demand is one reason why Cuba lists all six species as critically endangered, and why it’s been illegal for more than a decade to take these snails from the wild.

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    and some vivid images.

  • What's Wrong With the Right Whale?
    Northern Right Whales Are on the Brink

    July 9, 2020,(NY Times Climate Forward) - When boaters spotted a dead North Atlantic right whale off Elberon, N.J., on June 25, marine biologists quickly established the identity of the hulking gray carcass.

    With only about 400 such whales left in the world, every individual is known to researchers and cataloged. This one, the six-month-old calf of whale No. 3560, had been struck several times on the head, suggesting one or possibly two vessel collisions.

    On Thursday, such whales, which got their name because they float after being killed and thus were considered the “right whale” to hunt, were placed on the Red List of critically endangered species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the last classification before they are gone from the wild.

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  • Coconut or Palm: Which Oils Are Worse For the Planet?
    Coconut Oil Actually Threatens More Species Than Palm Oil

    July 7, 2020,(ZME SCIENCE) -Coconut oil production could be more damaging for the environment than previously thought, worsening already-high extinction rates in tropical forests. According to a new study, coconut oil may actually be worse than palm oil, whose production is widely regarded as extremely harmful to the environment.

    Researchers from the University of Exeter found that coconuts affect 20 threatened species per million liters of oil produced, while palm oil only affects 3.8 species per million liters. Globally, coconut farms occupy 12.3 million hectares (30.4 million acres) of land, about two-thirds the area of oil palm plantations.

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  • Panama City Crayfish Needs Help
    Lawsuit Planned to Protect This Species

    June 19, 2020,(nwfDailyNews.com) -A Florida wildlife advocacy group could soon file a lawsuit to ensure protections for the Panama City crayfish.

    The Center for Biological Diversity has filed a formal notice of its intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over its failure to finalize protections for the 2-inch-long crayfish species that is unique to Bay County. Officials announced about four years ago that it was a threatened species.

    “The diminutive Panama City crayfish is an important part of the local ecosystem and these animals desperately need federal protection,” Jaclyn Lopez, Florida director of the center, said in a Thursday press release. “Tiny critters like the Panama City crayfish need some love too.”

  • The Imperiled Bi-state Sage Grouse
    Lawsuit Launched Challenging
    Endangered Species Act Denial

    June 17, 2020,(YubaNet.com) -A coalition of conservation groups filed a formal notice today of their intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for its failure to protect the imperiled Bi-State sage grouse population under the Endangered Species Act despite ongoing population declines. These genetically unique and isolated sage grouse inhabit an area along the California-Nevada border and face multiple threats to their survival and population declines are particularly acute at the northern and southern ends of the birds’ range.

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    a beautiful Sage Grouse photo.

  • Uncontrolled Wildlife Consumption in Asia
    Can Asia Learn From What
    N. America Did in the Last Century?

    June 17, 2020,(The Conversation), By Roland Kays -It was a dark time for animals. Poaching was rampant. Wild birds and mammals were being slaughtered by the thousands. An out-of-control wildlife trade was making once-common animals hard to find and pushing rare species into extinction.

    This is the story of North America a century ago, and of Asia today. But there was a surprise ending in America, and I believe there could be one in Asia.

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  • Trump: Commercial Fishing in Vulnerable Marine Monument is Ok
    But NRDC Sues Trump Admin
    to Keep Commercial Fishing Out

    June 15, 2020,(National Resources Defense Council(NRDC)) -The Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument is home to an extraordinary array of marine species. But the Trump administration is trying to strip it of its core protections.

    Alongside NRDC partners—the Conservation Law Foundation, the Center for Biological Diversity, and Zack Klyver, a whale-watching naturalist based in Maine—NRDC sued the Trump administration today for attempting to illegally strip essential protections from the country’s first and only monument in the Atlantic Ocean.

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  • Extinction: The Next Nature Crisis
    New Global
    Extinction Target Proposed

    June 12, 2020,(BBC NEWS) -The world needs a single goal for fighting the loss of nature, much like the 1.5C target for climate change, according to conservation experts.

    Extinctions of plants and animals should be kept well below 20 per year, they propose.

    Last year, a UN report found that around one million species are now threatened with extinction.

    Progress on biodiversity loss has been "far too slow, limited or ineffective," said Prof Georgina Mace of UCL, London.

  • What Else is Trump Not Protecting?
    Trump Administration Eliminates
    Protections for Vast Ocean Monument

    June 11, 2020,(The Revelator ) -While most eyes were elsewhere last week, President Trump signed a proclamation to remove fishing restrictions within the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument. The 4,900-square-mile marine protected area off the coast of New England is home to numerous endangered species and fragile deep-sea corals that can live for thousands of years.

    The announcement took place late Friday afternoon in a week beset by protests over systemic racism in the middle of a pandemic.

    Experts say removing protections puts a wide range of ocean species in harm’s way. It would also distance the nation from the goals of several scientific calls to fully protect 30% of the ocean by the year 2030.

  • Jaguar Deaths in Central and South America
    What's Causing Those Deaths?

    June 11, 2020,(NY Times) -In May 2019, a headless jaguar carcass turned up at a garbage dump in southern Belize. The killing, one in a series of similar incidents, added to local outrage and inspired authorities, private citizens and companies to offer a combined $8,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the jaguar killer.

    More than just a national issue, the graphic killing in Belize seemed indicative of a rise in jaguar poaching across the species’ range, from Mexico to Argentina.

  • Monarch Caterpillars Food, Ubiquitously Contaminated
    Harmful Pesticides Found In Western Monarch Breeding Ground

    (NEVADA Today), -June 8, 2020, New evidence identifies 64 pesticide residues in milkweed, the main food for monarch butterflies in the west. Milkweed samples from all of the locations studied in California’s Central Valley were contaminated with pesticides, sometimes at levels harmful to monarchs and other insects.

    The study raises alarms for remaining western monarchs, a population already at a precariously small size. Over the last few decades their overwintering numbers have plummeted to less than 1% of the population size than in the 1980s – which is a critically low level.

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  • Guava Plants Face Big Trouble in Australia
    Australian Plant Species
    Face‘Imminent Extinction’
    From Invasive Pathogen

    June 3, 2020 (The Revelator) - For Australia’s native guava, death came in the form of a fungus.

    Just 10 years ago, a virulent strain of the fungus Austropuccinia psidii arrived in New South Wales. First observed in Hawaii in 2005, the fungus causes a devastating plant disease called myrtle rust, which has quickly and mysteriously spread around the world — most likely through industrial shipping and other elements of our global economy. Each species that encounters the fungus displays different levels of resistance, but many plants experience deformed leaves, defoliation, stunted growth and even death. The fungus reproduces prodigiously, spewing out trillions of microscopic spores that can easily be carried to new areas by the wind.

    Once the fungus hit Australia it quickly spread from coast to coast, infecting hundreds of species from the Myrtaceae family, which includes native guava, eucalyptus, tea trees and bottle brushes.

  • Is a Sixth Mass Extinction Heading Our Way?
    The World is Facing a Sixth Mass Extinction — Much Faster Than Expected

    June 2, 2020,(ZME SCIENCE) -The world is facing its sixth mass extinction — it’s happening now and we are the ones to blame, according to a new study, which warned of the growing number of species that are facing extinction on the planet.

    Professor Gerardo Ceballos and his team said human activities like poaching, pollution, and the use of toxic substances are driving species to the brink of extinction at a rate that has accelerated in recent decades. According to the new study, 173 species went extinct between 2001 and 2014.

    The Earth has seen five massive extinctions throughout its history, taking away between 75% and 90% of the species of plants, animals, and microorganisms. The most recent one caused the dinosaurs to disappear. All past events were caused by natural alterations in the environment. But now it’s being caused by humans.

  • Read The NWLF June/July Edition
    Read the Compelling Stories
    In The New Issue of National Wildlife!

    June 1, 2020 Through his National Geographic Photo Ark project, Joel Sartore aims to photograph all wildlife species in human care. His images of at-risk species on the cover include the Coquerel’s sifaka (a lemur), Florida leafwing butterfly, golden-shouldered parrot, common yabby (a freshwater crayfish) and mimic poison frog.

    Click now for these stories and
    a bevy of beautiful photos.

  • Ocean Conditions Could Lead to Blue Whales Food Scarcity
    New Zealand Blue Whale Dis-
    tribution Patterns Tied To Ocean
    Conditions and Prey Availability

    May 29, 2020 (ENN Network)- Oregon State University researchers who recently discovered a population of blue whales in New Zealand are learning more about the links between the whales, their prey and ocean conditions that are changing as the planet warms.

    Understanding how changes in climate affect the ability of blue whales to feed gives researchers more insight into the whales’ overall health and provides critical information for conservation and management, said Leigh Torres, an assistant professor and director of the Geospatial Ecology of Marine Megafauna Laboratory at OSU’s Marine Mammal Institute.

    “These whales don’t move around at random. We found that the same ocean patterns that determine where whales are also determine where their prey are, under both typical and warm ocean conditions,” Torres said. “The more we learn about what drives these whales’ movement, the more we can help protect them from whatever threats they face.”

  • Wildlife Don't Need No Stinkin' Refuge
    Trump Pushes Expanded Hunting,
    Fishing In Wildlife Refuges

    May 28, 2020 (Oregon Public Broadcasting)-A proposed rule to open or expand millions of acres of hunting and fishing opportunities in national wildlife refuges and national fish hatcheries is open for public comment.

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed to open or expand more than 2.3 million acres to hunting and fishing opportunities in 97 national wildlife refuges throughout the nation — eight which have never been opened before.

    The rule would introduce or expand hunting in three national wildlife refuges in Oregon. It would also open and expand fishing and hunting opportunities on the lands and rivers associated with nine fish hatcheries, five which are in Washington.

  • Plastic Waste Imperils Argentina's Penguins
    Will a Group of South
    American Biologists Save Them?

    May 22, 2019 (Deutsche Welle)-Penguins living at the "end of the world" are facing threats from climate change, tourism and plastic waste. A group of biologists in South America's most southerly point is trying to help the semi-aquatic birds.

    Project goal: Studying and protecting penguins in Tierra del Fuego, the most southerly point of South America

    Project implementation: Analyzing the threats to and impacts of climate change on the region's seven penguin colonies and raising awareness of the need to protect the local habitat and regulate tourism.

  • Ocean Biodiversity Hotspots to Protect
    Here Are the Top 10

    May 21, 2020 (The Revelator)-The Sargasso Sea, an area of the Atlantic Ocean between the Caribbean and Bermuda, has bedeviled sailors for centuries. Its namesake — sargassum, a type of free-floating seaweed — and notoriously calm winds have “trapped” countless mariners, including the crew of Christopher Columbus’s Santa Maria.

    For the past 500 years, most of the stories that have come from the Sargasso have been about stranded ships and sunken vessels. But in recent years scientists have rewritten the sea’s narrative. It’s not a life-stealing sea, but a life-giving one. The seaweed alone helps support 100 species of invertebrates, 280 species of fish and 23 species of birds.

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    the story from the Revelator.

  • World Turtle Day: 10 Cool Turtle Facts
    What You Always Wanted
    to Know About Turtles

    May 21, 2019 (Deutsche Welle)-They're one of the oldest species on our planet and come in all shapes and sizes. To mark World Turtle Day, here's a few things you might not know about these amazing creatures.

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    and slideshow from Deutsche Welle.

  • Borneo Apes Are Taught How to Survive
    Inside the Orangutan
    Forest School Where the
    First Lesson Is Survival

    May 16, 2020 (The Guardian)- Orphaned apes in the rainforest of Indonesian Borneo are taught all the skills they need in preparation for their eventual return to the wild.

    They were the lucky ones: Robin, Amalia, Eska; three orphaned orangutans unrelated but by circumstance, rescued from a private zoo in the East Kalimantan province of Indonesian Borneo in early 2017.

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    and a captivating photo.

  • U.S. Denies Full Protection For Pacific Fisher
    Relative of the Weasel
    Can't Catch a Break
    from the Trump Administration

    May 14, 2020 (REUTERS) LOS ANGELES,The Trump administration on Thursday denied Endangered Species Act protection to a weasel-like woodland mammal called the Pacific fisher across most of its West Coast range, except for a dwindling population in California’s southern Sierras.

    The final decision from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, sharply criticized by conservation groups, marked a reversal of the agency’s 2019 proposal to list the Pacific fisher as a threatened species from northern California to the Canadian border.

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    and an irresistible photo.

  • Bees Face Threats Other Than Chemicals
    'Murder hornets' in Washington
    State Threaten Bees and
    Whip Up Media Swarm

    May 2, 2020 (The Guardian) - Researchers and citizens in Washington state are on a careful hunt for invasive “murder hornets”, after the insect made its first appearance in the US.

    The Asian giant hornet is the world’s largest and can kill humans. But it is most dangerous for the European honeybee, which is defenseless in the face of the hornet’s spiky mandibles, long stinger and potent venom.

    Washington state verified four reports of Asian giant hornets in two north-western cities in December.The species becomes more active in April, prompting local officials to invite the public to help beekeepers by creating their own hornet traps.

  • Can Rwanda's Mountain Gorillas Make a Comeback?
    A Second Chance for
    Rwanda's Mountain Gorillas

    Apr. 24, 2020 (Deutsche Welle) - Deep in the Rwandan rainforest is the site of the longest-running gorilla study in the world. A long term conservation campaign has helped bring mountain gorillas there back from the brink of extinction.

    Click now for a 3-minute video.

  • Start Counting Insects Among the Endangered Species
    Where Have They Gone? Insects
    Face Widespread Decline

    Apr. 24, 2020 (ZME SCIENCE) - When was the last time you saw a glow-worm? Probably quite some time ago. The light-emitting insects have been declining across the world for decades. But they aren’t the only insects to be struggling, according to a new study.

    Researchers carried out the largest evaluation of insect abundance across the globe to date, showing that there has been a drop of 25% in their numbers over the last 30 years. Accelerating declines in Europe are what surprised scientist the most.

    Using data from 166 long-term surveys across 1,676 sites, the study painted a picture of the state of insect health. While some species were the exception and expanded, such as freshwater insects, they represent a small number among all species.

  • A Bird That Looks After Rhinos
    Hitchhiking Oxpeckers Warn Endangered
    Rhinos When People Are Nearby

    Apr. 9, 2020 (Science News) -Red-billed oxpeckers hitching rides on the backs of black rhinos are a common sight in the African bush. The birds are best known for feeding from lesions full of ticks or other parasites on a rhino’s hide. But new research suggests that the relationship between the two species is much more mutualistic.

    Shouty and shrill oxpeckers can serve as an alarm bell, alerting black rhinos to the presence of people, scientists report April 9 in Current Biology. That could help the endangered animals evade poachers, the researchers propose.

    “Rhinos are as blind as bats,” explains Roan Plotz, a behavioral ecologist at Victoria University in Melbourne, Australia. Even in close proximity, a rhino might struggle to notice lurking danger by sight. But the oxpecker easily can, unleashing a sharp call to warn of intruders.

  • Yes, Trees Can Also Be Endangered Species
    Blood Is Life — The
    Amazing Dragon’s Blood Tree

    Apr. 9, 2020 (The Revelator) - Dragon’s blood trees (Dracaena cinnabari) are evolutionary marvels of the plant kingdom, but they may not be around forever.

    Native to a single island in the Socotra archipelago, off the coast of Yemen in the Arabian Sea, the extraordinary-looking dragon’s blood tree, which is classified as “vulnerable to extinction,” can grow to more than 30 feet in height and live for 600 years. Looming over the island’s rocky, mountainous terrain, it produces rich berries and a vermilion sap — the source of its name — that has been used for centuries as everything from medicine to lipstick, and even as a varnish for violins.

    Visually, the trees are stunning. Their branches grow in an outward-forking pattern that gives them the look of a giant mushroom or an umbrella sucked inside-out by the wind.

  • Newt in Trouble - And We're Not Talking About Gingrich
    Will Climate Change Push
    These Amphibians to the Brink?

    Apr. 6, 2020 (The Revelator) - Aerial photos of the Sierra Nevada — the long mountain range stretching down the spine of California — showed rust-colored swathes following the state’s record-breaking five-year drought that ended in 2016. The 100 million dead trees were one of the most visible examples of the ecological toll the drought had wrought.

    Now, a few years later, we’re starting to learn about how smaller, less noticeable species were affected.

    One of those is the California newt (Taricha torosa). These large, colorful amphibians live across the state, from Mendocino County to San Diego County, but newts living in Southern California fared worse during the drought, according to a new study published in the Nature journal Scientific Reports. And worse, anticipated future changes to the climate are likely to put northern newts in the same boat in coming decades.

  • Nightingales Are Compromised Due to Climate Change
    Climate Crisis Is Making
    Migration Harder For Nightingales

    Apr. 1, 2020 (ZME SCIENCE) -The common nightingale is one of the world’s most beloved songbirds and is capable of producing over 1,000 different sounds. It breeds in Europe and parts of Asia and migrates to sub-Saharan Africa. But, like many other species, it is being affected by climate change.

    Natural selection driven by global warming is causing these iconic birds to evolve shorter wings, which might make them less likely to survive their annual migration, according to a new study by Spanish researchers.

    The authors looked at the changes experienced in two populations of nightingales from central Spain over a 20-year period, focusing on the variation in the shape of the wings and the survival of the bids.

  • Save Salmon, Save Ourselves
    New Book:
    Save Salmon, Save Ourselves

    Mar. 30, 2020 ( The Revelator) -If you want to know how well the environment is faring these days, look to the fish. Especially salmon.

    “Our greatest assaults on the environment are visible in salmon,” writes author Mark Kurlansky in his new book, Salmon: A Fish, the Earth and the History of Their Common Fate.

    Following decades of environment abuses, salmon populations in many places, especially the Atlantic, are in dire shape. Some Pacific runs have disappeared, too, and most populations are greatly reduced. Farmed salmon now outnumber wild ones.

  • The Decline in Monarch Butterfly Populations
    What’s Causing the Decline?

    Mar. 27, 2020 (inhabitat) -Monarch butterflies are amongst North America’s majestic wildlife. They fascinate with their vibrant allure and migratory prowess. Yet these beauties are under serious threat, as evidenced by drastic population reduction throughout North America. What factors are causing monarch butterfly numbers to dwindle?

    For monarchs, habitat entails food, water and shelter, says the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Specific to monarchs is their habitat corridor, a trek of thousands of miles from Central America’s warm regions, where they overwinter, to areas across the United States and southern Canada, where they stay for spring and summer.

    In recent decades, population surveys reveal monarchs declining because of deforestation in Mexico, loss of grasslands in the Great Plains’ Corn Belt — which the Center for Biological Diversity calls “the heart of the monarch’s range” — and loss of native milkweed plants in the U.S. Such habitat losses negatively impact monarch populations as they breed, migrate and overwinter.

  • Freshwater Species Are Disappearing Fast
    The Disappearance of Freshwater
    Species and How to Save Them

    Mar. 26, 2020 (The Revelator) -We’ve all seen photos of clear-cut forests with swathes of razed trees or deep scars in the ground from an open-pit mine. The damage to the species that live in these habitats isn’t hard to imagine.

    But the damage we’ve done to freshwater ecosystems isn’t so visible. In rivers or lakes, trouble often lurks out of view beneath the surface of the water — as with dams that block migratory fish or choke off needed nutrients and sediment.

    Some experts believe we’re losing freshwater species faster than any others for one main reason: out of sight, out of mind.

    A new study by more than two dozen expert scientists and policymakers aims to change that.

  • Transforming This California Watershed
    Boom: Removing 81 Dams Is
    Transforming This California Watershed

    Mar. 19, 2020 (The Revelator) -Removing one gigantic dam can have a massive effect on restoring a river ecosystem.

    But bringing down more than 80 smaller dams? That can also cause a transformation.

    This spring the Forest Service, aided by U.S. Marine Corps members, will blast apart 13 more dams in the Trabuco ranger district in Southern California’s Cleveland National Forest.

  • Biodiversity Bargain-Hunting, Pinpointing Conservation Targets
    New Tool Pinpoints Conservation Targets

    Mar. 18, 2020 (ENN Network) - The best bargains for conserving some of the world's most vulnerable salamanders and other vertebrate species can be found in Central Texas and the Appalachians, according to new conservation tools developed at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

    The study involves a suite of computer algorithms that surf across many different kinds of data to create maps of top priorities and projections of what species would benefit the most from increases in conservation dollars.

    An interdisciplinary team of computer programmers, biodiversity data scientists, conservation decision makers, economists, and others from around the globe convened at NIMBioS to develop the optimization tool, which was published in the journal Ecological Applications.

  • A Fat Parrot Comes Bank From the Brink
    How the World's Fattest
    Parrot Came Back From the Brink

    Mar. 18, 2020 (The Guardian) - Growing up in the north of England, Dr James Chatterton was enthralled by the books of the pioneering zookeeper and conservationist Gerald Durrell and dreamed of saving endangered species. Now, on the other side of the world, Chatterton has done just that, helping to bring the world’s fattest parrot back from the brink.

    Chatterton and his team spent the best part of a year bringing in quarantine conditions and trialling new treatments on the frontline of a killer disease afflicting New Zealand’s kakapo.

    “I think most people think our job is to go and stroke the red panda, and cuddle the kakapo,” says Chatterton, manager of veterinary services at Auckland Zoo’s New Zealand Centre for Conservation Medicine. Even in a normal year, the vet team’s work caring for the zoo’s animals and treating some of the country’s wild creatures is more serious than that, but 2019 was “monumental”, he says.

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Resources

  • 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.

    Click for more information.

  • 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.

    Click now to learn more.

  • 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.

    Click now and let the show begin.

  • 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.

    Click now and let the show begin.

  • 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.

    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

    Click now for their website.

  • 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.

    Click now to begin your discovery.

  • 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.

Arkive LogoEndangered Species Coalition Logo

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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.

  • Save Our Environment Action Alert!
    SAVE OUR ENVIRONMENT.ORG
    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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Of Possible Interest

 

  • 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.

    Click now to get to the site.

  • 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.

    Click now for the whole story.

  • 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.

    Click to see how you can help.

  • 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.

    About two dozen species were declared extinct (or nearly so) in 2019, although the total number of species lost this year probably numbers in the thousands. Scientists typically wait years or even decades before declaring a species well and truly extinct, and even then only after conducting extensive searches.

  • 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.

    Click now for the the story
    from The Revelator.

  • 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).

    Click now to read the sad story.

  • 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.

    Click to read more from
     The Revelator.

  • 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.

    Interested? Click now for the story.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

    The sub-arctic shrimp Pandalus borealis is known by various names: pink or Northern shrimp, Northern prawn, deepwater or deep-sea prawn, great Northern prawn or crevette nordique. Regional names like Maine shrimp are also common. And scientists are not even sure whether the animals in the Atlantic and Pacific belong to the same species...

  • 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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