Habitat Conservation

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

Celebrating our National Wildlife Refuges

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by Jamie Rappaport Clark

Today, there are 563 national wildlife refuges, a testament to our nation’s commitment to the conservation of important habitat for the nation’s fish and wildlife resources. You can find refuges in every state in the union, and they come in every size, shape and location imaginable.

A Nightmare for Wildlife

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US Capitol Building, © Architect of the Capitol
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by Haley McKey

The Sportsmen’s Bill is rife with toxic provisions that threaten wildlife and public lands, erode bedrock environmental laws and undermine key conservation policies.

The post House Sportsmen’s Bill a Nightmare for Wildlife appeared first on Defenders of Wildlife Blog.

Removing dam to free trapped, primeval fish could be costly

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February 18, 2016
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The Washington Times
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Pallid sturgeon, © USFWS
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Microplastics, Major Threats

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Microplastics, © 5gyres/OSU
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by Chris Haney

Every day about 8 trillion tiny plastic particles enter the rivers, streams, lakes and other aquatic habitats of the United States. That’s enough material to entirely blanket 300 tennis courts!

The post Microplastics are Major Threats to Wildlife appeared first on Defenders of Wildlife Blog.

Kill the Dam, Not the Fish

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by Steve Forrest

Although they’ve survived for eons, the pallid sturgeon is no match for human development today. If a solution isn’t found soon, we will witness yet another extinction.

The post Kill the Dam, Not the Fish appeared first on Defenders of Wildlife Blog.

Three New National Monuments in our California Desert

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Castle Mountains National Monument, © David Lamfrom

by Kim Delfino

Mojave Trails, Sand to Snow and Castle Mountains National Monuments all protect fragile landscapes in the California desert that are vital to wildlife.

The post Three New National Monuments in our California Desert appeared first on Defenders of Wildlife Blog.

The California desert is home to three newly announced monuments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 12, 2015

Contact: Catalina Tresky; ctresky@defenders.org, (202) 772-0253

 

The California desert is home to three newly announced monuments

 

National Marine Fisheries Service expands critical habitat for North Atlantic right whales

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Right Whale, © Brian Skerry

by Jane Davenport

Although we had to go to court twice to force action on our 2009 petition, NMFS recently published its final rule designating nearly 30,000 additional square miles of critical North Atlantic right whale habitat to receive special management consideration and protection.

Fantastic News for Fishers

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by Ashby Remley

The Northern Rockies fisher, a cat-like member of the weasel family, has faced many challenges over the years, and we’ve been working for years to get these animals the protection they deserve.

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