From January, 2020


— “we do know that it’s an important critter. we know that we care about them deeply. what we hope is to educate snowmobilers to stay away from areas where there (are) wolverines. as we lose more and more species, we lose more and more cogs in our ecosystem. It can have a cascading effect.” read : where have all the wolverines gone? apparently not on the endangered species list    


— three-quarters of those surveyed said a species deserves special protections if it had been driven to extinction from any more than 30% of its historic range. some were more accepting of losses. regardless of the explanation, a good answer to the question, “what an endangered species?” is an inescapable synthesis of facts and values. read : what is an endangered species?


— “we have a long way to go and success is far from assured, but kenya continues to play her part at the center of a multi-national collaboration to save this species.  let us hope for news of a successful northern white pregnancy in the not too distant future.” read : northern white rhino embryo could save species from brink of extinction


— as strawberry guava spreads, fish & wildlife officials said, it forms “impenetrable groves of close standing trees” which makes it nearly impossible for the hawk to hunt its prey because there’s not enough room to spread its wings. read : how the endangered hawaiian hawk became a political pawn


— investors are buying endangered species not to use and own, but in anticipation that their prices will rise. this shift explains why international trade restrictions often do not protect endangered species. read : restricting trade in endangered species can backfire, triggering market booms


— “some animals may have been lucky enough to find refuge and survive,” says euan ritchie, an ecologist at deakin university in melbourne. “it might not always be the case that animals have been completely wiped out in these habitats, however given the scale and severity of these fires [in australia], there’s no question that, even common species and not just threatened species, will have been affected quite dramatically.” read : australian fires have incinerated habitats 


— fire had taken away the invertebrate bugs the animals feed on, and that food source would not return until there was significant rain. “There are a whole lot of things that are ecologically off the scale,” he said. read : ‘silent death’: australia’s bushfires push countless species to extinction


— because what happens to them … will eventually happen to us. read : joel sartore on saving endangered species – and ourselves