Black-Footed Ferret

Black-footed ferrets eat, sleep and raise their young in prairie dog burrows, and spend about 90% of their time underground.

Banishing Plague from the Prairie

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Vaccinating prairie dogs may be the key to saving rare black-footed ferrets

By Sharon Oosthoek

© Wendy Shattil and Bob Rozinski

Prairie Species Safer From Poisons

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issues new conservation measures to protect imperiled prairie wildlife from poisoning with Rozol prairie dog bait.


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Defenders prairie dog expert Jonathan Proctor gets an award from the U.S. Forest Service for his outstanding work to save the species across the Great Plains.

Wild Birds Gain Protections from Poisoning by Deadly Pesticide

Supreme Court denies Big Agriculture’s attempt to overturn EPA decision on carbofuran

In May 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear a case challenging a 2009 decision by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which mandated that as of December 31, 2009 no domestically grown food crop could be grown with carbofuran, a highly toxic chemical that has killed millions of wild birds.

In the Field: (Prairie) Dog Days Of Summer

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Defenders team makes the trek to Thunder Basin to relocate prairie dogs for second year in a row.

Bringing Endangered Ferrets Back to their Historic Habitat

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Black Footed Ferret, Photo: U.S. Geological Survey

by Caitlin Balch-Burnett

This month endangered black-footed ferrets returned to Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge! Despite the good news, the law that made it possible is still under attack.

The post Bringing Endangered Ferrets Back to their Historic Habitat appeared first on Defenders of Wildlife Blog.

Defenders Celebrates National Wildlife Refuge Week

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by Defenders of Wildlife

Here at Defenders, we love our wildlife and public lands, especially the National Wildlife Refuge System, the only federal lands system dedicated specifically to protecting wildlife and its habitat. Our staff work all over the country to advocate for some of our amazing refuges and the vital role they play in our conservation work.

Honoring Conservation Heroes

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by Defenders of Wildlife

Last week, Defenders hosted our annual Wildlife Conservation Awards Dinner - a wonderful opportunity to gather with our Board, National Council, members of Congress and other supporters to celebrate Defenders’ accomplishments and to honor members of the conservation community.

The post Honoring Conservation Heroes appeared first on Defenders of Wildlife Blog.

Wildlife Weekly Wrap-Up

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by Melanie Gade

Gray Wolves Love California... That's Why They've Come Home; 20 Year Old DNA Gives Much Needed Genetic Diversity to Endangered Ferrets; Mountain Lion’s Death in Southern California Underscores Need for More Highway Wildlife Crossings; Polar Bears and Oil Spills; Help Ensure Elephants Are Fully Protected in the U.S


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