Southern resident orcas are in so much trouble that NOAA Fisheries, the federal agency that is in charge of keeping tabs on marine mammals, announced in May that the southern resident orca is one of eight focal species for the agency, selected because they have enough information to conclude that without concerted conservation attention, it will go extinct.
Last week we saw an unprecedented attack on a wide range of our nation’s wildlife and wild places using the Interior Spending bill. With so much at stake, voices spoke out from every direction against these riders, and most importantly of all, representatives heard from YOU, their constituents!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.