Defending Habitat

When habitats are threatened, so are the animals who live there.

Green Sea Turtles Making a Comeback in Florida

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Sea Turtle, © Christina Albright-Mundy
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by Elizabeth Fleming

Before Florida’s green sea turtles were protected under the Endangered Species Act in 1978, their numbers had plummeted. But less than 40 years later, this population is laying thousands of successful nests every year.

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At What Cost?

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San Joaquin kit fox, Photo: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
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by Kim Delfino

Defenders of Wildlife has been working to promote “smart from the start” principles - carefully planned projects that keep wildlife in mind. The Panoche Solar Farm is the antithesis of this approach.

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Showdown on the Sagebrush Sea

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Sage-Grouse, Photo: USFWS Pacific Southwest Region
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by Mackenzie Case

The “Sagebrush Sea” grasslands are essential to the imperiled sage-grouse, along with hundreds of other critters ranging from pygmy rabbits to sagebrush lizards to mountain lions.

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Worth Defending: Ocelot

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Ocelot, Photo: Tony Hisgett/ Wikimedia CommonsThough they may look like a more exotic version of your friendly tabby, ocelots possess the fierceness and tenacity of much larger wild felines. And like their big cat cousins, they can swim.

A Growing State Means Growing Threats for Florida’s Official State Animal

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Florida Panther, © SuperStock
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by Elizabeth Fleming

With a rapidly growing population, Florida has both tremendous wildlife diversity and mounting pressure from development. Among the species threatened by this growth is the Florida panther, the official (and endangered) state animal.

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