Habitat Conservation

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

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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Humpback Whale, © William Welch
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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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Californians Unite to Restore Southern Sea Otters

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Sea otters, © Tony Trupp
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by Haley Stewart

Californians love sea otters so much that they’ve been able to crowd fund sea otter recovery efforts. This is not only because sea otters are adorable, but also because they provide cultural value to our coastal communities, and support the overall health of the central coast’s nearshore marine ecosystems.

New Report Shows Forest Service is Starved for Resources

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August 5, 2015

Contact: Courtney Sexton, csexton@defenders.org, 202-772-0253

New Report Shows Forest Service is Starved for Resources

Wildlife Network Looks Great from 1,000 Feet

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Florida Panhandle (Apalachicola National Forest), © Julie Tew
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by Kent Wimmer

This spring, Defenders and the University of Florida finished mapping a network of wildlife habitats and corridors across Northwest Florida. We used geographic information system (GIS) models to map priority unprotected habitats and to identify areas that will be developed in the years to come.

Win for Alaska Wildlife!

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Wolf at Tongass National Forest, © Sam Catron
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by Andy Erickson

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has secured a pivotal victory for wildlife, watershed, and forest conservation, striking down the Bush Administration’s illegal attempt to exempt Alaska from the Forest Service’s Roadless Rule. There will be no more roads through the wildlands of the Tongass National Forest.

Cleaner Water on its Way to the Bay

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by Anne Russell Gregory

Cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay is no small feat, but its' worth it for the thousands of species and millions of people that rely on it.

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