Habitat Conservation

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

The California desert is home to three newly announced monuments

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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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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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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.

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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.

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