Guanacos are back - and getting into trouble - says a team of scientists from WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) tracking these iconic hoofed mammals across a variety of landscapes on the Chilean side of the island of Tierra del Fuego.
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How do you drown a coral reef? The very idea seems unfathomable for animals that spend their entire lives under water. But the deep ocean is actually riddled with ‘drowned’ coral reefs—the remains of ancient reefs that slipped into the dark ocean depths and starved without sunlight.
The Public Registry is your source for news, information, and documents related to species at risk in Canada. This web site has been designed to help you better understand Canada's approach to protecting and recovering species at risk, learn about species at risk and what's being done to help them, and get involved in decision making and recovery activities.
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Environment Canada of the Canadian Wildlife Service has proposed a recovery strategy for the threatened Golden-winged Warbler. The public notice with contact information are in the post.
Across Australia - and the world - the future of large old trees is bleak and yet large trees support many species such as birds and small mammals, says Mr Darren Le Roux, a PhD student at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions...
GR: Urban forests are islands of extreme diversity. They include many species of native and exotic trees planted in yards and along streets. The trees offer varied habitat for many arboreal wildlife species. But as they grow, they threaten homes, power lines, sidewalks, and streets. As indicated by the student's research reported in this article, urban residents and city planners undervalue the wildlife habitat provided by the trees. Alternatives to pruning and removal are rarely considered. In many cities, people burn or inter in garbage dumps the branches or trunks of trees that are pruned or removed. We should pile such materials in vacant lots to provide habitat for ground-dwelling wildlife. If we intend to convert Earth into a fully occupied cultural landscape, we must devote more care to preserving trees.
Target: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Daniel Ashe
Goal: Protect brilliant unsilvered fritillary butterfly species by declaring it an endangered species
The unsilvered fritillary is a species of butterfly native to California.
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Consensus is growing that we are steering towards a sixth mass extinction event. There are calls for increased efforts to stop the accelerating loss of plants and animals. But do we really need to protect all species from global extinction?
GR: A critical flaw renders this concept nonsensical. We have very little long-term data on the consequences of species enhancement or extraction. We need more “in-the-water” and “on-the-ground” survey and monitoring data. Acting with limited knowledge might cause more harm than good.
Kathie Lynch: "Twenty years! January 12, 2015, marks the 20-year anniversary of the return of gray wolves to their rightful place and vital role in the Northern Rockies ecosystem!On that fateful date in 1995, eight wolves from Alberta, Canada, arrived in Yellowstone National Park. They were the first gray wolves in Yellowstone since they were extirpated in 1926—an absence of 69 years.On January 19, 1995, six more wolves arrived in Yellowstone, bringing the total to 14. Also in January 1995, 15 wolves were released in central Idaho. A year later, in January 1996, 17 more wolves arrived in Yellowstone from British Columbia, Canada, and another 20 were released in central Idaho."
Excellent review of this critical element in North American endangered species conservation.
"It's the rainy season for Brazil. But, thus far, adequate rains have not come. A persistent high pressure system has lingered over Brazil. A blocking high of the kind that has now become so common with global temperatures spiking to more than +0.8 C above 1880s averages — thickening heat domes and granting these powerful weather systems an ever greater inertia. A set of circumstances that has set off a plethora of very severe droughts ranging the globe since the early 2000s."
The drought is impacting the great Amazon rainforest as well. Coupled with deforestation by logging and grazing interests, the drought will have a massive influence on climate.
For several years I've been observing, documenting and appreciating nature and the environment in Michigan. During those years, I've discovered some of the subjects I've photographed and written ab...
After direct habitat destruction by building, invasive species are the most destructive force that humans have dispersed through Earth ecosystems. Long before global warming has its day, invasive species will have destroyed many native habitats and species.
Appalled ~ Greatly dismayed or horrified (www.oxforddictionaries.com/) This doesn't begin to describe how I felt when I discovered real-fur toys in my cats' toy box. It is hard for me to write abou...
GR: So many ways that we impact nature, and more discovered every day.
Target: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Director Daniel Ashe Goal: List the desert massasauga rattlesnake as an endangered species so that its population may be protected The desert massasauga rattlesnake is a distinctive creature found in the grasslands of...
Rattlesnakes of the western U. S. tend to be shy, non-aggressive regulators of small mammal populations. Like gophersnakes that kill by squeezing, rattlesnakes are part of the complex equation that produces a balanced ecosystem. Removing them might disrupt the balance and lead to other losses.
Professors call on university to recognise urgency of climate change and divest from all oil, coal and gas companies
Large multinational corporations are pursuing profits to excess. To stop the massive flow of harmful materials and behaviors, we must divest our holdings in the largest chemical, energy, finance, insurance, military corporations (CEFIM), and we must stop purchasing their products.
RENO, Nev. (AP) — A wolverine appears to be thriving in the northern Sierra Nevada seven years after being confirmed as the first one in California since 1922, researchers said.
More than two dozen documented sightings of the solitary predator...
GR: With only a few hundred individuals in the lower 48 states, the North American wolverine is a perfect candidate for protection under the Endangered Species Act. Why did efforts to protect the species fail? Could it be that protection of such a wide-ranging animal would be inconvenient from a human point of view? It appears that we only protect species when it is convenient, that is, it does not interfere with resource harvest, growth, and development (i.e. progress).
Four activists from California who had wanted to document a pig's tortuous journey from farm to bacon bits are the first to face the long arm of Utah's so-called "ag-gag" law. The law, passed in 2012, prohibits messing around with state agricultural operations.
Six years ago, scientists said we need a huge cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2015. Now what?
From the article: "Obama has committed the United States to reaching, by 2025, a target that is almost no better than the one that the United States was supposed to have reached two years ago."