Habitat Conservation

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

A New Collaboration for Coral Reefs

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Coral reef, © Ed Talbot
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Coral reefs support thousands of species of fish, corals, invertebrates and other creatures - but some collection practices can put all of them in danger. Defenders is working with industry leaders to stop these practices and protect our world's coral reef wildlife.

Powering Up at the Salton Sea?

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Stephanie Dashiell, California Desert Associate The excessive heat warnings are not the only reason the Salton Sea is appearing in the news this summer. The Salton Sea is the 525-square-mile saline lake in California’s Imperial and Coachella Valleys created when the Colorado River flooded in 1905 –In 2003, the State of California and four large [...]

A Sage-Grouse Natural History

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Mark Salvo, Federal Lands Policy Analyst The history of the American West is told in the tales of those who traveled, lived and loved the land. For sagebrush grasslands, these narratives often included reference to, reverence of, or concern for one of its most charismatic residents: the sage-grouse. The colorful history of the sage-grouse has [...]

Restoring California’s Native Grasslands

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Grasslands, © Alan Vernon / Flickr
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Just 1% of California's native grasslands still exist - but we're part of a group working to make it easier (even profitable!) for more people to help protect and restore these vital landscapes and habitats.

Lights out for Calico Solar

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The sun is finally setting on the poorly-planned Calico Solar project, which would have been a serious threat to the desert tortoise, burrowing owl, golden eagle and other creatures of the Mojave desert.

Crossing the Line: Senate Immigration Bill Unnecessarily Harms Wildlife

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We don't think that the U.S. should have to trade our environmental principles for border security. When walls don't work, and harm wildlife in the process, there has to be a better way.

BLM: Refuse Rights of Way for SunZia

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When renewable energy projects are done right, they are a great way to combat climate change. But the SunZia project threatens to harm some of the most fragile and biologically diverse ecosystems in the southwest.

Sunshine at Cape Hatteras

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Defenders' efforts to stop harmful Cape Hatteras legislation are successful-at least for now.

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