Publications

Defenders of Wildlife produces many reports, fact sheets, tip sheets and other types of publications.

Use the dropdown boxes below to find publications related to specific animals, conservation issues, and regions.

To reduce the impact of climate change on forest wildlife and habitat, forest managers need the latest scientific information when updating their management plans and strategies. Defenders of Wildlife reviewed 11 recent reports on climate science, impacts and vulnerability of terrestrial, freshwater and marine wildlife and habitats. Here, we have compiled the key findings for U.S. Forest Service leaders and staff and members of the public interested in helping vulnerable species and landscapes survive the changes ahead.
Gray Wolf, © Fred C. Bicksler
A federal judge has reinstated federal protections for wolves in Wyoming on the grounds that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service did not ensure that the state’s wolf management plan was enforceable as required by the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Here’s what the decision means for wolves and the ESA.
Reef Shark, © Ed Gullekson
This bi-annual newsletter is prepared by the co-chairs of the Species Survival Network Shark Working group, Alejandra Goyenechea (Defenders of Wildlife) and Rebecca Regnery (Humane Society International). The Fall 2014 newsletter includes updates on sharks, mantas and rays, and the latest workshops on the implementation of international regulations.
Reef Shark, © Ed Gullekson
This bi-annual newsletter is prepared by the co-chairs of the Species Survival Network Shark Working group, Alejandra Goyenechea (Defenders of Wildlife) and Rebecca Regnery (Humane Society International). The newsletter provides a summary of the latest international and regional shark news, and an analysis of the latest actions and regulations regarding sharks.
Sage-grouse, © Tatiana Gettelman
This report examines opportunities to use Farm Bill conservation programs to enhance wildlife habitat in order to reduce climate change impacts to wildlife.
On June 8-9, 2011, the Defenders of Wildlife hosted an informal workshop on diversionary feeding of polar bears in Anchorage, Alaska to reduce human-bear conflicts.
Payments for Wildlife and Biodiversity Outcomes Under Farm Bill programs recommends ways for the U.S. Department of Agriculture to incorporate biodiversity and wildlife outcomes into its practice-based conservation programs under the 2014 Farm Bill. Phasing outcomes into the existing payment structure could help Farm Bill programs achieve more successful conservation for biodiversity and wildlife.
As efforts to restore wolves to their historical ranges succeed, conflict with ranchers invariably arises. To protect wolves and livestock, ranchers can adopt nonlethal practices, and consumers can insist on purchasing meat from ranchers who do.
Sage-Grouse, Photo: USFWS Pacific Southwest Region
This report details how the Bureau of Land Management and other states should avoid adopting Wyoming’s strategy for conserving sage-grouse, and includes recommendations for adopting science-based measures that are more likely to protect and recover the species.

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