FOLLOW THE SCIENCE

  —follow the science and take action before the pygmy owl is gone from the sonoran desert. read : cactus ferruginous pygmy owl may get protected again

CEROXYLON

— last year they reported that a handful of trees had switched sexes, a phenomenon rare in nature. read : stalking the endangered wax palm

SEQUENCES

  — the convention on international trade in endangered species of wild fauna and flora (cites) has 183 parties, countries that represent a majority of the world’s nations. the organization, grappling with how to address wildlife cybercrime, recently introduced a revised resolution that included key recommendations to deal with these online issues. the amended resolution was accepted, making clear that cites parties recognize that it is up to them and not to the online platforms to develop measures to control the illegal trade in wildlife. read : holding social media companies accountable for facilitating illegal wildlife trade (commentary)

SCENARIOS

  — as part of an effort to reverse the grim trend, the conservation group wildearth guardians petitioned the u.s. fish and wildlife service to list joshua trees throughout the southwest as threatened under the federal endangered species act. read : joshua trees are california icons. should they also be designated threatened species?

[made]

— “the new inclusions on the official list of the world’s most endangered primates is not surprising given the existing threats to small populations, but this underscores a tremendous opportunity” read : eight species make first appearance on list of most endangered primates

SPECIAL OCCASION

— today is a blue bird day, which is fortunate since thunderstorms were in the forecast, causing some concern about muddy road conditions for the arrival of the large horse trailers carrying the bison. after years of political negotiations, and months of planning, everything is lining up for the special occasion. . read : return of the buffalo to fort peck

VICTORY

  —mountain caribou are an “ecotype” of the more widespread woodland caribou. they are uniquely adapted to life in very snowy mountains. caribou hooves are the size of dinner plates and act like snowshoes. the animals can survive all winter eating arboreal lichens found on the branches of old-growth trees only accessible in winter. read : caribou protected as endangered species in major wildlife victory

PERSONHOOD

— this summer, the yurok tribe declared rights of personhood for the klamath river, likely the first to do so for a river in north america. a concept previously restricted to humans (and corporations), “rights of personhood” means, most simply, that an individual or entity has rights, and they’re now being extended to nonhumans. read : klamath river now has the legal rights of a person

COMING OUT SWINGING

— the rule changes followed a united nations report that said 1 million species worldwide face extinction as a result of human activity. wednesday’s lawsuit came on the heels of a separate report that 3 billion birds have been lost since the 1970s. read : the trump administration weakened endangered species act rules — 17 state attorneys general have sued over it

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