Habitat Conservation

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

For the Love of Orcas

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Orca, © Tory Kallman
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by Elizabeth Ruther

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.

Increased Wildlife Protections Secured for California Solar Flats Project in Monterey County

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
July 10, 2015
 
Contact:
Garrison Frost, Audubon California, (510) 601-1866, ext. 225, gfrost@audubon.org
Greg Suba, California Native Plant Society, (916) 447-2677
Ileene Anderson, Center for Biological Diversity, (323) 654-5943, ianderson@biologicaldiversity.org

An Unprecedented Attack

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by Defenders of Wildlife

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!

The post An Unprecedented Attack appeared first on Defenders of Wildlife Blog.

Berryessa Snow Mountain is Newest Designated National Monument

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 10, 2015

Contact: Courtney Sexton, 202-772-0288

Berryessa Snow Mountain is Newest Designated National Monument

California’s majestic mountain region now permanently protected

Home on the Prairie

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by Steve Forrest

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.

The post A Prairie Dog “Ranch” appeared first on Defenders of Wildlife Blog.

Why We Need Sharks

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by Ashby Remley

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.

The post Sharks – the Wolves of the Sea appeared first on Defenders of Wildlife Blog.

Fish Out of Water (Literally!)

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by Courtney Sexton

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.

The post Fish Out of Water (Literally!) appeared first on Defenders of Wildlife Blog.

Wolf Weekly Wrap-Up

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by Melanie Gade

Critically Endangered Red Wolf Mother Killed; Double Jeopardy for Population of Alaska Wolves

The post Wolf Weekly Wrap-Up appeared first on Defenders of Wildlife Blog.

Time is Running Out for the Salton Sea

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American white pelicans, © Paul Boyte/USFWS
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by Kim Delfino

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.

The post Time is Running Out for the Salton Sea appeared first on Defenders of Wildlife Blog.

We Can’t Abandon the Gulf’s Bryde’s Whales

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by Anne Russell Gregory

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.

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