The rising moon is at first mistaken for a ship’s light on the horizon, but there is no mistaking the solitary 300-pound sea turtle perched unevenly on a sand dune. Using her flippers to fling dirt several feet backward, this loggerhead is “pitting”— digging a nest—on a protected beach at Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge on the central Atlantic Coast of Florida.
Named for the renowned biologist who first alerted the world to the plight of sea turtles in the 1950s, and the only national wildlife refuge in the country designated specifically to protect sea turtles’ nesting habitat, this refuge attracts more nesting—and federally threatened—loggerheads than any other place in the Western Hemisphere. More endangered green sea turtles lay their eggs here than any other place in the United States, and, to a lesser degree, endangered leatherbacks also nest on these shores.
In fact, these dunes lured nearly 19,000 nesting loggerheads last year, a recent record high. But these numbers are nowhere near historic levels, and the species—just like the green and leatherback—is still in trouble. Only about one in every 1,000 hatchlings lives to adulthood.
A pending decision on fishing for cod and other groundfish in New England has big implications for marine mammals, including some of the most endangered animals in our waters, the North Atlantic right whale.
Border fences, highways, mining projects - there are many things in the southwest that can impact wildlife habitat. Our Southwest office is part of a coalition working to keep habitats connected for jaguars, foxes, roadrunners and other wildlife.
Washington, D.C. (April 10, 2013) — Secretary of the Interior Nominee Sally Jewell has been successfully confirmed this evening by an 87-11 Senate vote. Below is a statement from Defenders of Wildlife President Jamie Rappaport Clark.
Logging of rosewood trees around the world has led to devastating losses of wildlife habitat and human lives. This year, our team at CITES helped establish better international protections for these trees, a great step toward stopping the vicious cycle.