— 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)
— 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?
— “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
— 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
—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