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May 7, 2014

The International Sea Turtle Society (ISTS) passed a strongly worded resolution urging Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto to stop the high rates of bycatch of endangered North Pacific loggerhead turtles in commercial fisheries operating in the Gulf of Ulloa, Baja California Sur, Mexico.

May 7, 2014

After the Deepwater Horizon oil rig blew out in the Gulf of Mexico some 50 miles from the nearest land, responders were left to cope with a search area of nearly 40,000 square miles, as well as wind and currents that kept evidence of damage away from the more easily searchable coastline.

May 6, 2014

Projects to benefit the Indian River Lagoon system and Lake Okeechobee could receive more than $230 million in the budget approved by the Florida Legislature. But environmental advocates monitoring the session say measures to protect and restore Florida’s springs and conserve additional public land didn’t fare as well.

April 30, 2014

A new federal report appears to bolster the long-held position of Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) and other Western leaders that a federal endangered listing of the greater sage grouse could impede voluntary partnerships with ranchers and other landowners that are viewed as key to restoring the bird and its dwindling habitat.

April 29, 2014

As a coyote howled in the distance, the rolling, scrubby plains of the Cimarron Bluff Wildlife Management Area in rural Harper County turned into what state biologist Larry Wiemers could only describe as nature’s version of the biker bar.

April 28, 2014
Sage-grouse, © Tatiana Gettelman

The long-term survival of a large ground-dwelling bird that lives in sagebrush throughout much of Northern and central Nevada could soon become the next big battle between ranchers and the federal government.

April 24, 2014

MUNCIE — Republican U.S. Rep. Luke Messer voted “pro-environment” only 4 percent of the time on the most important environmental legislation of 2013, according to the League of Conservation Voters (LCV). The organization has published a National Environmental Scorecard for every Congress since 1970, the year it was founded by leaders of the environmental movement after the first Earth Day.

April 23, 2014
Wolf, © Larry Travis

Recently a benefit was held in Scottsdale dubbed “Dinner with Wolves.” The Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center, Defenders of Wildlife, Sierra Club, and many environmental groups want the Mexican wolf returned to what they consider the wild landscape of Arizona. They also want to maintain protections for the Mexican wolf by listing it as “endangered.” Wolves are charismatic, beautiful, and graceful. Their evening howls evoke wonderment in many people. Environmentalists believe that wolves will foster ecosystem diversity and stability.

April 22, 2014
Desert, © Charles Sale

PHOENIX - Approval for a vast open-pit copper mine in the Santa Rita mountains 30 miles southeast of Tucson is expected soon from the U.S. Forest Service, but the Rosemont Mine faces several more regulatory hurdles before construction could begin. Eva Sargent, Southwest program director with Defenders of Wildlife, says the Forest Service has little leeway because of the 1872 federal mining law.

April 18, 2014

WASHINGTON (CN) - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has determined that the lesser prairie chicken only merits a listing status of threatened despite a drastic population decline.