Habitat Conservation

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

National Park Service finally issues rules for responsible beach driving in Cape Hatteras

CHAPEL HILL, NC (January 20, 2012) - The National Park Service (NPS) today announced new rules to manage off-road vehicle traffic on beaches so nesting and baby sea turtles and birds as well as pedestrians are protected in Cape Hatteras National Seashore, according to conservation groups.

California Dreaming: Lone wolf entering California marks historic conservation success

WASHINGTON (12/30/2011) - A lone dispersing wolf from Oregon, known as OR7, has crossed the border into northern California.

The following is a statement from Jamie Rappaport Clark, president of Defenders of Wildlife:

Great Lakes wolves successfully recovered under Endangered Species Act

Federal protections lifted based on sustainable populations and solid state management plans

WASHINGTON (12/21/2011) -

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that it will be removing federal protections for gray wolves in the western Great Lakes, including parts of Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan.

The following is a statement from Jamie Rappaport Clark, president of Defenders of Wildlife:

Historic decision to return genetically pure bison to tribes paves way for conservation

Montana wildlife commission approves transfer of 68 Yellowstone bison to Fort Peck and Fort Belknap Reservations

HELENA, Mont. (12/09/2011) -

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission approved a land-mark plan today to move 68 bison from a quarantine facility near Yellowstone National Park to the Fort Peck and Fort Belknap Indian Reservations.

The following is a statement from Jonathan Proctor, Rocky Mountain representative for Defenders of Wildlife:

Obama administration to broaden sage grouse conservation efforts

Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management to update land-use plans with sage grouse protections


Washington Wildlife Commission Approves Wolf Recovery Plan

State will manage for long-term, sustainable wolf population

OLYMPIA, Wash. (12/05/2011) -

The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission approved the state’s final wolf recovery plan on Saturday, charting a course toward the long-term sustainability of its growing wolf population.

The following is a statement from Suzanne Stone, Northern Rockies representative for Defenders of Wildlife:


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DOI endorses bad Wyoming wolf plan

USFWS pursues premature delisting based on inadequate state management plan


Yellowstone bison may find new tribal homes

Relocation plan could help Montana tribes restore conservation herds


Burrowing Owl

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Burrowing Owl
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The burrowing owl is endangered in Canada, threatened in Mexico, and a species of special concern in Florida and most of the western USA. It is a state-endangered species in Colorado. Burrowing owls are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act in Canada, the United States, and Mexico.

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Height: About 10 inches.
Weight: Average is about 6 ounces.
Unlike most owls in which the female is larger than the male, the sexes of the burrowing owl are the same size.

Burrowing owls are distributed from the Mississippi to the Pacific and from the Canadian prairie provinces into South America. They are also found in Florida and the Caribbean islands. Burrowing owls have disappeared from much of their historic range.


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