Habitat Conservation

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

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

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Bryde's whale, © Nathan Meadows
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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.

Connecting Mountain Islands in the Desert

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by Stephanie Dashiell

Even with all of the important places for conservation of the Mojave desert bighorn sheep, desert tortoise, kit fox, and other animals excluded, there is still ample already-degraded desert land appropriate for large-scale solar energy development - that is where we should be directing projects.

Coming Ashore

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by Elizabeth Fleming

Leatherback sea turtles are the largest in the world - and sadly, they're endangered. Learn about these incredible animals and see what you can do to help.

The post Coming Ashore appeared first on Defenders of Wildlife Blog.

A Thorny Problem

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by Anne Russell Gregory

With population numbers at an historic all-time low, an ESA listing would provide hope for the thorny skate to escape extinction.

The post A Thorny Problem appeared first on Defenders of Wildlife Blog.

Honoring World Oceans Day, Every Day

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by Heidi Ridgley

World Oceans Day is a time to honor the ocean and protect it from pollution, ocean acidification, overfishing and other threats.

The post Honoring World Oceans Day, Every Day appeared first on Defenders of Wildlife Blog.

Paving (or not paving) the Way for Wildlife

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by Elizabeth Fleming

Planning ahead to stop road construction projects is vital to help protect wildlife in threatened areas.

The post Paving (or not paving) the way for wildlife appeared first on Defenders of Wildlife Blog.

Cutting up the California Desert

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by Stephanie Dashiell

Finding appropriate places to develop large-scale solar energy projects is not an easy task. The BLM’s solar energy program was just the first step toward developing an approach to zoning public lands for development while ensuring that habitats and wildlife are protected.

The post Cutting up the California Desert appeared first on Defenders of Wildlife Blog.

Summer: A Season for Fun–and Fire

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by Haley McKey

Though small, frequent fires during wildfire season are usually good, large, uncharacteristic wildfires can be bad for native wildlife habitat. There are three major reasons that wildfires are such a problem right now.

The post Summer: A Season for Fun–and Fire appeared first on Defenders of Wildlife Blog.

Black Waters

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by Courtney Sexton

This most recent spill is yet another tragic example of why our nation’s aging infrastructure and dependence on an outdated fossil fuel-based economy simply cannot support a healthy, thriving environment for people or wildlife.

The post Black Waters appeared first on Defenders of Wildlife Blog.

The Gopher Tortoise: Celebrating a Keystone Species

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Gopher tortoise, © Cindy McIntyre
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by Laurie Macdonald

May 23rd, 2015 marks the 15th annual World Turtle Day. Each year, organizations and classrooms around the world celebrate this day in a variety of ways, from turtle education to rescue efforts to research activities and more!

The post The Gopher Tortoise: Celebrating a Keystone Species appeared first on Defenders of Wildlife Blog.

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