Habitat Conservation

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

Water for Wildlife

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by Rachel Zwillinger

With winter-run Chinook salmon hanging on by a thread, any proposed legislation in Congress must result in water solutions that help salmon and the other declining fish and wildlife species instead of making it even more difficult for these species to survive.

Worth Defending

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Safe Sands Boost Nesting Success

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Sea turtles still face challenges

Keeping Monarchs Migrating

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Numbers continue to drop, but solutions are out there

Living Lightly

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Stop Your Engines!

Photo credit: ©Fotohansel/AdobeWhen George Pakenham spotted a passenger-less stretch limo outside a Manhattan restaurant with its engine running, he decided he’d had enough and approached the driver to ask him to turn off the engine while waiting. 

Appetite for Destruction

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On a Monday in February 2013, Carlos Pages pored over paperwork that accompanied a huge shipment of animals that had just arrived at Miami International Airport on a flight from Paraguay. The crates and boxes contained a wide assortment of species—some 3,500 toads, frogs, tarantulas and snakes. Although the animals arrived in pretty good shape and everything looked okay on paper, something wasn’t quite right, remembers Pages, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) inspector. Then an email tip came in, informing him that the documents were forged. “Counterparts in Paraguay verified that the permits were fraudulent, and we seized the animals,” he says. Eleven days later, the animals were loaded back on a plane, headed home. En route 204 of them perished. Back in Paraguay, the survivors were examined, quarantined, and the healthy ones were ultimately released back into the wild.

Defenders Condemns Illegal Takeover of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge

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January 6, 2016

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

 

Defenders Condemns Illegal Takeover of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge

 

WASHINGTON – On Saturday, an armed group of anti-government extremists began a hostile takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon.

Bringing Fishers back to Washington

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Fisher, © John Jacobson / WA Department of Fish and wildlife

by Elizabeth Ruther

I held my breath as I watched the first blur of brown fur dash into the forest on short little legs, bushy tail streaming behind. As the last of the fishers bounded into the forest, our group let out a quiet cheer.

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Using Open Data to Protect our Most Vulnerable Species

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by Jacob Malcom

We’re thrilled to be widening the scope of our work to include more of the incredible biodiversity found in the American southeast. But where to start? We wanted to be sure that our work would help to protect the species and places that are most at risk – so we turned to the data.

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