— this is not meant to replace the lost species, but can be used to tell a powerful story about mankind’s impact on fragile desert environments. read : endangered species find safe harbor at springs preserve  


  — studies have suggested that 3,000 bison is a reasonable target to ensure a population’s survival, and that the study would seem to argue each of yellowstone’s herds should have 3,000 or more bison. read : court asks feds to review decision to reject ESA protections for yellowstone bison


— on january 22 2018, the eastern cougar subspecies was officially declared extinct in the u.s. and removed from the endangered species listby the u.s. fish and wildlife service. read : eastern cougars declared extinct—but that might not be bad


PRAYER OF PRAYERS For the Water Protectors at Standing Rock The leaves hang on into mid-November oak, alder, locust— each one a prayer flag singing aloud— scarlet, cinnamon, gold rippling with wind’s rough caress. Every acorn, every hickory nut, a tobacco tie hung in the trees; they call out to us come harvest your prayers. Soon a blanket of prayers will cover the earth and the trees will stand like prayer poles dressed in feathers— gifts from blue jay, eagle, hummingbird, meadowlark. The planet prays for us, for itself; the planet sings for November’s endurance, weaves a nest for our…


— on oct. 19 2017, republicans made significant headway to allow drilling in the arctic national wildlife refuge read high country news more : scientific america 


— the stingray bot is about the size of a penny and its light-sensitive heart cells prompts its fins to flutter when stimulated with light. parker says the bot’s light-following aspect was inspired by how he used to guide his own daughter down a path using a laser pointer, which she tries to stomp on. watch video : artificial human heart may just be possible thanks to this silicon stingray more : the abandoned biobot


— it’s spectacular cowardice on the part of the fish and wildlife service, who don’t have the courage to do what they are charged with doing, which is to evaluate the scientific evidence, and not kowtow to undue political pressure.” read : interior dept. rejects 25 endangered species petitions, including several linked to climate change more : ‘i’iwi of hawaii


— a survey of the world’s botanic gardens show that the institutions hold about one third of the plant species identified by humans so far and breed about 40 percent of endangered species. read : smithsonian more : science daily 


— the illusory space refers to the dark interior of a hive and the light column refers to the central significance to the bees of gravity and the position of the sun. read : this monument to the humble honeybee bears a stark warning


— they are one of the most beautiful of lizards and their unusual sun-gazing habits have made them a prime target for the illegal global pet trade. a university however, has come up with a novel csi-style technique to help combat the selling of the sungazer. read/watch : sophisticated new plan to keep south africa’s endangered lizard population healthy


— wildearth guardians joined with the western environmental law center to send their letter of intent to sue. three environmental groups and the northern cheyenne tribe signed onto the letter earthjustice sent to the fish and wildlife service. a third letter was sent by native ecosystems council, western watersheds project and the alliance for the wild rockies. read article : environmental groups to challenge removal of grizzly bears from endangered species list