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— “the data are unequivocal. we are undergoing a steady and continuing deterioration in the status of the world’s birds,” tris allinson, birdlife’s senior global science officer and editor-in-chief of the report, said in a statement. “the threats driving the avian extinction crisis are many and varied, but invariably of humanity’s making.” read : study finds one in eight bird species threatened with extinction read study :


— 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


— 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


“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


— “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…


— 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…


— 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…


— 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


— 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


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