Habitat Conservation

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

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Hands Off Our Manatees

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manatee, © Tracy Colson/USFWS
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by Anne Russell Gregory

Manatees depend on warm water habitat in the winter, so they gather in warm springs like Three Sisters Springs in the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge. But too much commotion can drive them back out into the cold waters and away from the warmer areas they need.

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What Will It Take To Clean Up the Arctic?

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by Karla Dutton

As sea ice continues to decline, more ships are venturing further into the Arctic Ocean and it seems that an oil spill impacting wildlife is all but inevitable. If it were to happen, we want to make sure the response gives the region’s wildlife the best possible chance to survive and recover.

Of Hurricanes and Habitat: Ten Years After Katrina

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by Aimee Delach

Ten years ago, Hurricane Katrina bore down on the Gulf Coast, causing great ecological harm. Low-lying barrier islands, coastal marshes and wetlands, and even inland hardwood forests were damaged.

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Conservation in the Mojave Desert is monumentally important

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by Courtney Sexton

Protecting the Mojave Desert in California and designating it a national monument will not only make a difference for wildlife, but also for the surrounding habitat.

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A Wrong Turn for Humpback Whales

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by Anne Russell Gregory

Though humpback whale populations are on the rise, they still face the threats of increasing underwater noise, entanglements with fishing gear, collisions with large vessels, and the effects of climate change. Defenders submitted comments to NMFS detailing the obstacles to recovery that the whales still need to overcome.

Making Habitat ‘Critical’ for Southern Resident Orca

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by Elizabeth Ruther

In 2006, the National Marine Fisheries Service designated the inland waters of Washington State as critical Orca habitat. But studies suggest that the designation protected only part of the habitat that was most important to the species – not all of it.

Where Water, Farms and Wildlife Collide

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by Rachel Zwillinger

It is no easy task to maintain the delicate balance necessary to safeguard giant garter snakes, migratory birds, and fish, but there are a few ways we can work to make sure these species can thrive into the future.

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