HERE’S WHY

— it’s unknown how many and what types of whales historically plied the waters off new york city, but scientists believe they were an important top predator—and that their return to the biggest city on the atlantic bodes well for the ocean’s long-term health. read : whale populations in new york harbor are booming—here’s why  

NEW RULES

— now comes a new usurpation that would seem a ridiculous caricature of anti-environmentalism were it not so worrisome. read : you can’t put a price tag on life more : the species act, endangered  

OVERBLOWN CHANGES

— overall, many of the changes finalized last month are far more modest than environmentalists and the media have portrayed. and some of the more substantive changes, such as restoring the regulatory distinction between threatened and endangered species, will likely reduce conflicts with landowners and encourage more collaboration in species-recovery efforts — all without reducing the act’s effectiveness at preventing extinction. read : new endangered-species regulations are good for species

A FIGHTING CHANCE

  — what, then,  does it mean to list a species in connecticut that has no protection two hours down the road? read : endangered species rollbacks a serious threat

HOW MANY ARE TOO MANY

— if a vessel reaches either limit on a trip, it would have to return to port and wait five days before it can resume fishing. federal scientists would evaluate the vessel and turtle interactions during that time and potentially provide guidance. read : sea turtles for swordfish? feds may lift cap on endangered species

ASSURANCE COLONIES

— they watched with anticipation as about a thousand southern mountain yellow-legged frog tadpoles and three adult frogs enjoyed their first few minutes of life in the wild. the amphibians hesitated a moment before cruising toward clusters of foliage to settle into their new habitat. reintroducing these sensitive amphibians back into their native ecosystem is a significant milestone in the long slow battle to rehabilitate the species. read : conservationists fight to save critically endangered amphibians 

THAT HOTSPOT

— that device is connected by cable to a buoy floating above that transmits data by satellite to scientists on shore. from there, captains can be alerted to slow their ships down or reroute. read : california sound system tries to keep whales and ships apart

SCHOOL IMPROVE SURVIVAL

“in the past when we have raised animals for wild release, they have been released in kind of an ad-hoc manner — choosing an area that looks pretty good and letting the animal go.” read : finishing school helps critically endangered animals prepare for life in the wild

WHAT’S THEIR PROBLEM

— “when we go back, we can put the mussel in a hole,” clayton said. “so it’s easier, less energy consuming for that mussel to rebury into the substrate.” each mussel will be tagged with small silver plastic tag and measured. “so we’ve actually had mussels in here who’ve been tracked for the 15-year period we’ve been monitoring here,” she said. read : mussel woman, biologist passes along pearls of wisdom about threatened mussels

NOW NOT

now not listed as rare, vulnerable or endangered; slender-billed thornbill (western) was rare tammar wallaby (sa), was endangered red-necked wallaby, was rare swamp wallaby, was vulnerable eastern grey kangaroo, was rare southern marsupial mole (itjaritjara), was vulnerable (source: sa environment department) read : environment department downgrades status of rare, vulnerable and endangered

PASSING OF A FRAGILE GIANT

— wildlife experts in the country captured the male in 2008 on a palm oil plantation. he lived more than 10 years in malaysia’s tabin wildlife reserve in borneo and had several unsuccessful breeding attempts with two female sumatran rhinos (dicerorhinus sumatrensis). the loss of the rhino is a severe blow to the survival of the critically endangered species. as many as 800 sumatran rhinos lived in the wild as recently as 1986, but now fewer than 100 remain, with some estimates as low as 30, according to save the rhino, a london-based charity that works to protect rhinoceroses. the sumatran…

TOUGH ARGUE

— look at the numbers and you soon see why though – the us has the fifth largest fisheries harvest in the world with more than five million caught annually. it’s the fourth biggest fish and seafood exporter globally, shipping more than $5 billion worth a year. read : the most endangered species in the world