Habitat Conservation

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

On “Mutually Insured Destruction”

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by Courtney Sexton

Defenders’ recently-released report “Mutually Insured Destruction: How Unchecked Crop Insurance Subsidies Harm the Environment” lays out the true cost of crop insurance subsidies. The report explains why crop insurance subsidies are different from other major farm subsidy programs, cites specifically documented cases of environmental impact from these subsidies and provides solutions that would be beneficial to all parties involved, including wildlife.

The Big Picture

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Jaguar, © Douglas Trent
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Google Goes Wild: How Off-Road Tech Aids Conservation

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January 15, 2014
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Live Science
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The Big Picture, In Stunning Detail: How new imaging technology aids wildlife conservation

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Jaguar, © Warwick Lister / Kaye iStockphoto
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by Defenders of Wildlife

But, it’s not all just about getting that close-up. GigaPan images will hopefully be used to build more support for habitat conservation where it is needed most – for example, the images show that contrary to popular belief, species like jaguars thrive in the northernmost portion of their range.

There will be no road to ruin in Izembek!

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Izembek National Wildlife Refuge, Photo: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
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by Courtney Sexton

As Defenders and many others consistently urged her to do, Secretary Jewell made the right decision – she will not allow a road to be built through some of the most ecologically sensitive land in our nation.

The post There will be no road to ruin in Izembek! appeared first on Defenders of Wildlife Blog.

Wyden’s Logging Bill Slashes Forests and Guts Protections for Endangered Species

WASHINGTON (December 9, 2013) – Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chair Ron Wyden today introduced a logging bill that, in its current form, would bulldoze bedrock environmental laws to pave the way for dramatic increases in logging. The bill would affect management of over two million acres of federal forest lands in Oregon known as the Oregon & California, or, “O&C,” lands.

The following is a statement from Jamie Rappaport Clark, President and CEO, Defenders of Wildlife:

A trip to Florida: celebrating the iconic Florida panther

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by Haley McKey

The footprint was the size of a large dog’s. It seemed unassuming in the Florida mud, surrounded by the cartoonish prints left behind by wild turkeys.  But I knew it belonged to a rare and elusive creature, a state icon. Yes, this was the mark of a Florida panther. Last weekend, I got a first-hand... Read more »

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