From May, 2017

HAVE NO FEAR

“when the united states fish and wildlife service said that grizzly populations in the greater yellowstone ecosystem would be removed from the u.s. government’s endangered species list this year and opened for hunting, i traveled to montana to meet the chairman of the crow nation, a. j. not afraid, who has lobbied to stop the delisting” read article : inside the effort to kill protections for endangered animals

FALSE NARRATIVES?

— in truth, the vast majority of protected species – about 90 percent – are recovering at the rate scientists projected for them. in other words, success is in progress and on track. scientists estimate the esa has already saved at least 227 species from becoming extinct, and 99 percent of listed species have averted becoming extinct. critics of the esa prefer to focus on a misleading angle.. read article : can the endangered species act be counted on? here’s what needs to happen to save wildlife

THOSE IN HARM’S WAY

— “the border wall won’t be effective at stopping people seeking a better life from getting to this country, but it will destroy habitat and divide wildlife populations. building a wall across the entirety of the border would cause massive damage to one of the most biologically diverse regions in north america. the sections of border wall that have already been built have had a range of negative effects on wildlife, including direct destruction of thousands of acres of habitat, indirect impacts from noise and light pollution, and division of cross-border wildlife populations” press release : trump’s border wall threatens 93…

HEADSTARTING POSITIVITY

— with so much bad news about species that have gone extinct or are teetering on the edge, it’s easy to see conservation efforts as quixotic. but sometimes the news is good. over the past century more than 300 species that were thought to be extinct have been rediscovered, mostly in the tropics. most of them had been missing for about 60 years when they were sighted and identified. some biologists views these surprises as a valuable tool for convincing people that conservation can work! read article : protecting endangered species more : will optimistic stories get people to care…

HIGH HOPES

— as a population expands, it’s also edging toward a genetic crisis, and the larger the population gets, the harder it will be to avert. m1296 is descended from a fantastically successful matriarch called af521, “a” for alpha. his mate is, too. their story is typical. in fact, biologists know of only one breeding female in the wild that isn’t related to af521. wolves shouldn’t sleep with their relatives for the same reason people shouldn’t. inbreeding can cause dangerous disorders, depress fertility, and even make small populations more vulnerable to extinction. a birth on april 2 at the missouri centre, collaborating with…

VULCAN STEPS IN

— if he has his way, paul allen will have 90,000 square miles of african territory covered with smart sensors and drones by the end of this year to bring hyper-connectivity to africa’s remotest, most wildlife-packed corners. it’s the biggest conservation tech project to date read article : paul allen goes digital to save the world’s most-endangered animals

BAD PUPPIES OR GUARDIANS

— aside from simply killing animals, dogs can harm wildlife in other ways, such as by spreading disease, interbreeding with other canids, competing for resources such as food or shelter, and causing disturbances by chasing or harassment. part of the problem is that when wild animals perceive dogs as a threat, they may change their behaviour to avoid them. read article : domestic dogs threaten endangered species worldwide

PRESCRIBED EXTINCTION

the goal is to save as many species as possible—even if it means calling it quits for some. “there’s a level of discomfort with this, but we have to face hard choices,” she says. read article : it’s time to let certain animals go extinct