Habitat Conservation

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

Home on the Prairie

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by Steve Forrest

In June, Defenders representatives worked on the American Prairie Reserve to expand prairie dog colonies. We wanted to make new habitat more prairie dog friendly, to encourage prairie dogs to move into this new area, and to protect the growing colony from plague.

The post A Prairie Dog “Ranch” appeared first on Defenders of Wildlife Blog.

Why We Need Sharks

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by Ashby Remley

Scientists have found direct connections between the loss of sharks and the loss of healthy coral reefs, declining fish populations, crashing shellfish populations, and more. Remove one link in the food chain and the entire system can be thrown off.

The post Sharks – the Wolves of the Sea appeared first on Defenders of Wildlife Blog.

Fish Out of Water (Literally!)

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Salmon, © Tory Kallman
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by Courtney Sexton

Wetlands provide food and safety for juvenile fish and are critical stopovers for migratory birds, but they are also essential to maintaining clean, healthy water supplies that support our own consumption. Diverting water from these areas only hurts us in the long run.

The post Fish Out of Water (Literally!) appeared first on Defenders of Wildlife Blog.

Wolf Weekly Wrap-Up

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by Melanie Gade

Critically Endangered Red Wolf Mother Killed; Double Jeopardy for Population of Alaska Wolves

The post Wolf Weekly Wrap-Up appeared first on Defenders of Wildlife Blog.

Time is Running Out for the Salton Sea

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American white pelicans, © Paul Boyte/USFWS
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by Kim Delfino

Defenders has been urging the State of California, in collaboration with local interests and the environmental community, to develop a coordinated, holistic plan to address the air, wildlife, and water quality problems at the Salton Sea.

The post Time is Running Out for the Salton Sea appeared first on Defenders of Wildlife Blog.

We Can’t Abandon the Gulf’s Bryde’s Whales

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Bryde's whale, © Nathan Meadows
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by Anne Russell Gregory

In April, the National Marine Fisheries Service began the process to determine whether the Gulf of Mexico population of Bryde’s should be protected under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Defenders recently provided information on the many threats the Bryde’s whale faces to reinforce the case for listing.

Connecting Mountain Islands in the Desert

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by Stephanie Dashiell

Even with all of the important places for conservation of the Mojave desert bighorn sheep, desert tortoise, kit fox, and other animals excluded, there is still ample already-degraded desert land appropriate for large-scale solar energy development - that is where we should be directing projects.

Coming Ashore

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leatherback sea turtle, © Claudia Lombard/USFWS
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by Elizabeth Fleming

Leatherback sea turtles are the largest in the world - and sadly, they're endangered. Learn about these incredible animals and see what you can do to help.

The post Coming Ashore appeared first on Defenders of Wildlife Blog.

A Thorny Problem

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by Anne Russell Gregory

With population numbers at an historic all-time low, an ESA listing would provide hope for the thorny skate to escape extinction.

The post A Thorny Problem appeared first on Defenders of Wildlife Blog.

Honoring World Oceans Day, Every Day

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Humpback Whale, © William Welch
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by Heidi Ridgley

World Oceans Day is a time to honor the ocean and protect it from pollution, ocean acidification, overfishing and other threats.

The post Honoring World Oceans Day, Every Day appeared first on Defenders of Wildlife Blog.

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