BOBCAT FIRE

— terrain that once resembled a high sierra granite gorge now looked like ground zero after a nuclear explosion, and the usually clean mountain air was sharp with the stench of smoke read : aftermath threatens endangered species in san gabriel mountains

BORDER-SPECIES

— that no major statement has been issued by either the democrats or republicans against the destruction of this region speaks to the bipartisan drive to build the border wall and their indifference toward the environment as a whole. read : border wall threatens extinction of numerous endangered species

PRECAUTIONARY APPROACH

— the authors found that 3,943 reptile species, more than 35 percent of all reptile species, have been traded over the past 20 years, 2,754 of them online. “we were just overwhelmed by the sheer volume of species”  read : a quarter of all reptile species are sold online

LOOKS LIKE HOME

— to our eyes, such a fire-swept landscape “looks very stark,” says rodney siegel, a wildlife biologist and the executive director of the institute for bird populations, “but to black-backed woodpeckers, it looks like home.” read : how wildfires have helped these woodpeckers make a comeback

NOW-TEMPORARILY

— “this marks the first time the state law has been used to give protection to a species that is mainly threatened by climate change.” read : joshua trees protected under the california endangered species act in historic vote

SHE’S NOT ALONE

— the EDGE program, which stands for “evolutionarily distinct and globally endangered,” is a unique conservation program in that it seeks focal species not based on the potential for dollars raised or articles written or instagram followers secured, but on the desire to preserve, as far as possible, distinct evolutionary branches that are in danger of being chopped off. read : the way we decide which endangered species to conserve

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