Habitat Conservation

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

Roadless Area Protection: A Victory for Wildlife

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After years of legal obstacles, the Roadless Rule has been upheld. Defenders' own Jim Lyons, who helped work to establish it, explains what this victory means for wildlife across the U.S.

Fall 2012

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Volume 87, Issue 4
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Bison, © Sandy Sisti
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New Refuge Unit Established in Sangre de Cristo Mountains

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The Department of the Interior may not be what one would call a higher power, but on September 14, they graced us all by designating the nation’s 558th National Wildlife Refuge Unit in Colorado’s Sangre de Cristo —“blood of Christ” — Mountains. Spanning throughout southern Colorado and northern New Mexico, the Sangre de Cristo Mountains [...]

Chukchi Sea: An Accident Waiting To Happen

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Photo: Laura Whitehouse, USFWS
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Arctic Sea ice levels hit a record low in August, yet another signal that climate change is affecting people and wildlife right now. We need to respond-quickly.

Defenders View: Our Lands, Our Wildlife

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Turtles and Tourism Thrive At Cape Hatteras

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Piping Plover, Photo: Gene Nieminen / U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
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Arctic Sea ice levels hit a record low in August, yet another signal that climate change is affecting people and wildlife right now. We need to respond-quickly.

Florida Black Bear is Off the List, Keep Up the Good Work!

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Black Bear, © Mark Bennett
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Defenders celebrates the progress the Florida black bear has made and this step forward in the recovery of the species

Coast to Coast : A Vanishing Tortoise in the Mojave Desert

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Desert Tortoise, Photo: Beth Jackson / U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
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Desert tortoises have been wandering the Mojave desert for millions of years. Yet they face risks from habitat degradation, urban sprawl, poaching and reckless energy development.

Coast to Coast: Saving a Grooving Grouse in the Sagebrush Sea

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Habitat loss, degradation and fragmentation has taken a toll on sage grouse over the last 50 years. Today, the species is only found in half of its historic range and needs defending now.

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