Habitat Conservation

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

The Gopher Tortoise: Celebrating a Keystone Species

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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!

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Where the Wildlife Lives

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by Lauren McCain

If the phrase “forest planning” makes you snore … wake up! The stakes are high for the critters that call national forest lands home. This is the perfect chance to make sure that our national forests are managed not just for uses like timber and recreation, but as the vital wildlife habitat they are.

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Where’s the Water for Wildlife?

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by Rachel Zwillinger

Acres of wetlands in California’s Central Valley have been starved of water, leaving migratory birds, salmon, and other species without adequate food and habitat, but the state and federal agencies charged with managing California’s water are forging ahead with an ill-conceived plan that could seal their doom.

Recommended Route for Western Transmission Line Another Blow for Sage-Grouse

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May 1, 2015

Contact: Courtney Sexton, csexton@defenders.org, 202.772.0253

Recommended Route for Western Transmission Line Another Blow for Sage-Grouse

“TransWest” line would impact imperiled species and undermine conservation planning in Colorado

House Proposal Could Wipe Out Sage-Grouse Across Much of the West

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April 27, 2015

Contact:
Courtney Sexton, csexton@defenders.org, 202.772.0253
Virginia Cramer, Virginia.cramer@sierraclub.org, 804.519.8449
Elizabeth Heyd, eheyd@nrdc.org , 202.289.2424

House Proposal Could Wipe Out Sage-Grouse Across Much of the West

New Study Documents Continued Sage-Grouse Population Declines

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April 24, 2015

Contact: Courtney Sexton, csexton@defenders.org, 202.772.0253

New Study Documents Continued Sage-Grouse Population Declines

Bird on the brink remains imperiled in face of inadequate conservation plans

Florida Panhandle

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Gopher tortoise, © Cindy McIntyre
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Bee Basics for Your Backyard

Worth Defending: Gunnison sage-grouse

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Gunnison sage-grouse,  © Joel SartoreA distinctive “swish-swish-pop-gurgle-pop!” rises from the sagebrush and a normally cautious bird transforms itself in a flash of fanned tail feathers, puffed chest, fluttering wings and flirty dance moves. It’s Gunnison sage-grouse mating season. 

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