Habitat Conservation

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

Defenders View: Earth Day at Middle Age: Time to Recommit

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Building Up Our Mussels

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Freshwater mussels may not be cute, but we can’t afford to ignore them

by Sara Shipley Hiles

Mussel, © Annie Griffiths Belt/National Geographic Stock

On a Wing and a Prairie

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The drive to produce biofuels adds to the pressures on vulnerable prairie chickens

by Peter Bronski

Prairie Chicken, © Joel Sartore/joelsartore.com

Species Spotlight: Bluefin Tuna

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Bluefin Tuna, © Norbert Wu/Minden Pictures

On the Ground: New Ways of Ranching in the Old West

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The Great Pyrenees guard dogs on patrol look menacing—necks adorned with collars bearing sharp metal spikes. Beyond the hilltop and down the ridge gathers a band of fluffy, untroubled sheep—in sharp contrast to the alert and muscular dogs assigned to their protection.

Defenders in Action: Defenders Responds to Offshore Oil Disaster

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The British Petroleum (BP) offshore drilling rig that exploded on April 20 dumped millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico in the following weeks. For sea turtles, fish, shorebirds, seabirds, corals, dolphins, whales and other wildlife that live part or all of their lives in the Gulf of Mexico, the unprecedented oil leak is catastrophic.

Eager for Beavers

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These furry engineers play a crucial and largely unrecognized roles in conservation - Eager for Beavers

By Heidi Ridgley

Beaver, © Tom and Pat Leeson

Defenders in Action: Gulf Oil Spill: Gusher Stops, Problems Remain

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Defenders chief scientist heads to the Gulf to document the oil spill's impact on wildlife.

Defenders View: Lessons from the Gulf of Mexico Disaster

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Two Years After Deepwater Horizon, Visible and Invisible Harms Foster Unease in Gulf

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It’s still too early to understand most of the damages from BP's Deepwater Horizon oil disaster, but what we already know is unsettling enough. Hear more from Defenders' chief scientist Chris Haney.

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