California wavering on protection for gray wolves under state law; Defenders of Wildlife featured on the HLN’s Jane Velez-Mitchell show tonight; A close up look at the science: wolf breeding pairs in Idaho; bad bills for Mexican gray wolves in Arizona.
Garry Rogers's insight:
It is embarrassing that the AZ legislators have passed legislation that permits killing wolves on public (federal) land.
"The Arizona Wildlife Fund is a voluntary program that allows Arizona taxpayers to help conserve the state’s wildlife simply by marking the Arizona Wildlife box on the annual state tax return.
"Since Arizona started the program more than 25 years ago, contributions to the fund have aided the conservation and reintroduction of many species, including bald eagles, black-footed ferrets, California condors, Apache trout, Mexican wolves and several of the state’s most intriguing desert reptiles and amphibians."
On the southernmost end of the African continent lies the smallest, but richest, plant kingdom on Earth: the Cape Floristic Kingdom. Within this incredible system is a plethora of different vegetation types all facing various levels of threat. However, there are none so threatened as the lowland renosterveld.
Protected areas are our single best hope for conserving nature. But as the human populace expands, more and more parks are facing a growing array of threats. Are imperiled parks becoming the 'new normal'?
Too many pressures on parks... (photo by William Laurance)
As examples, here's a smattering of recent news about imperiled parks:
- A British petroleum corporation will soon begin seismic testing inside Virunga National Park, a famed World Heritage site in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Just last week, Virunga's Chief Warden was gravely wounded by unknown gunmen, and in the last decade more than 140 park rangers have been murdered there.
- In Thailand, illegal logging is so plaguing another World Heritage site, the Dong Phayayen - Khao Yai Forest Complex, that the IUCN has recommended it be classified as a "World Heritage Site in Danger". The Thai government is now making a belated attempt to combat illegal logging in the park.
- A recent study by E. Bernard and colleagues has documented 93 instances in which national parks in Brazil have been downsized or de-gazetted since 1981. Such actions have increased markedly in frequency since 2008, the authors say.
- As highlighted in recent ALERT blogs and press releases, national parks in Ecuador, New Zealand, and Australia are also facing an array of new challenges.
An apt analogy is the little Dutch boy, desperately sticking his fingers into a dyke that is springing ever more leaks.
But what choice do we have? Even a struggling park is far better than no park at all.
Analyzing thousands of breeding bird surveys sent in by citizen scientists across the western United States and Canada over 35 years, wildlife researchers report that most of the 40 songbird species they studied shifted either northward or toward...
Western yellow-billed cuckoos once lived in abundance in the Western United States. Due to the near-total destruction of their natural habitat, they now face possible extinction. Tell the government to save this species by granting it federal protection.
Please register your event for World Week for Animals in Laboratories (WWAIL) today. IDA sponsors this annual event to ensure that the suffering of animals in laboratories is not forgotten and to encourage the use of non-animal based testing models.
"Texas farmers fear arrival of new Dust Bowl Those who have lived in America most of their lives know a little something of the Dust Bowl era during the Great Depression of the 1930s. Now, Texans are becoming concerned about yet another Dust Bowl scenario as droughts in various regions within the state are getting worse."
The Evergreen Foundation supports sustainable forest harvest. It's board of directors is composed of industry and finance managers and former government employees. The Foundation has a negative view toward "environmentalists." The Foundation supports the U. S. Forest Service's use of public funds to increase forest health and improve harvests for private forestry companies.
Garry Rogers's insight:
Unfortunately, supply-side economics often exhibits industry-specific tunnel vision that disregards ecosystem consequences of dwindling biodiversity and natural resources.
The tourists piled into the bus, which took them through a series of gates into an enclosed, snow-covered field. Within minutes, the bus _ modified so that a steel cage covered the windows _ was surrounded by more than 20 Siberian tigers.