EMBODIMENT OF SUCCESS

  — before european colonization, the condor, could be found soaring over the southwest and along the pacific coast from baja, mexico, to british columbia read : california condor returns to sequoia national park. thanks, endangered species act

THESE DWINDLING GIANTS

— “i think it’s sometimes portrayed as: you have whales, or you can have fishing,” said amy knowlton, a senior scientist at the new england aquarium. “what we’re trying to say is you can still fish if you can do it in a safer way for the whales.” read : north atlantic right whales now officially ‘one step from extinction’

ISLAND INBREEDING

— “now, a new genetics study of these wolves shows that populations in three of the region’s game management units, including pow, are more inbred than even the troubled isle royale population in michigan. it notes there is a ‘hidden and insidious’ threat of ‘an extinction vortex’ for populations like these.” read : rare wolf in southeast alaska

AGAINST NATURE

— “the one thing that is missing is education,” lao said. “we need to educate the public that chinese medicine emphasises the balance between humans and nature, so we have to respect nature.” read : TCM supporters condemn illegal wildlife trade

WHAT’S YOUR CALL TO ACTION?

— “we know that many emerging infectious diseases in recent times have originated in wild animals. many of them were not considered illegally-traded cites-listed species. however, illegal wildlife trade flows will only make these episodes worse, by degrading or bringing people too close to animal habitats, and therefore contributing to the spread of diseases.” read : there are no winners in the illegal trade in wildlife

WEIRD & BELOVED

—they are failing to reproduce and scientists project they could become functionally extinct in california by the end of the century. read : joshua trees may warrant listing as a threatened species more : desert sun

ON THEIR HEART

— “i go out half an hour after dark. then i go out every hour until half past midnight, it takes them half an hour to get down from the mountains,” said painting, who keeps animal boxes in her taxi to hold the chicks, which are fluffy, heavy and grey. “if there’s a lot of birds coming down i can go all night, if i have passengers they’ll help me too.” read : taxi! endangered new zealand seabirds get a lift to safety

THE ANSWER IS YES

— van holstein said: “we are standing on the shoulders of giants. in chapter 3 of on the origin of species darwin said animal lineages with more species should also contain more ‘varieties’. subspecies is the modern definition”. read : one of darwin’s evolution theories finally proved

VALUABLE WILD SEEDS

— the study covered a wide range of hong kong supermarkets and convenience stores across all districts. surprisingly, almost 50% of the eel products surveyed were determined to be european eel. the results from this study suggested that large scale smuggling networks trafficking european eels are interwoven with local supplier chains, resulting in endangered species ending up on supermarket shelves.   read : endangered species on supermarket shelves

INCORPORATE BEHAVIOR

— when we here the term “migratory,” we tend to think of the seasonal migrations we see on tv like the wildebeests crossing the serengeti ecosystem between tanzania and kenya or monarch butterflies making their ways north from their winter breeding grounds in mexico. but “migratory” under this treaty, now ratified by 130 countries, means much more. read : towards a global endangered species act more : convention on the conservation of migratory species of wild animals

INDISPENSABLE INGREDIENTS

— the wildlife protection law, prohibits the hunting, killing, selling and purchasing of some 1,800 rare and endangered animals, except with special permissions. the pangolin, which scientists suspect could be the source of the new coronavirus, is already on this list, but laws are ambiguous about whether species not on the list can be traded legally. read : china set to clamp down permanently on wildlife trade in wake of coronavirus more : the recipe project