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– the peak of sea turtle nesting season runs from june through july, with most hatchlings beginning to emerge 50 to 60 days later. additional nests may be discovered in the weeks to come, according to the coastal authority. read : endangered sea turtles found on Louisiana islands for first time in 75 years

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– planting native milkweed and reducing pesticide use to supporting the protection of overwintering sites and contributing to community science, we all have a role to play in making sure this iconic insect makes a full recoveryread : monarch butterfliesor : more monarch butterflies


stars beckoned our species to cross seas. from culture to culture, the milky way served as backdrop and inspiration for stories – but we weren’t the only ones looking read : what animals see in the stars, and what they stand to lose


— the study covered a wide range of hong kong supermarkets and convenience stores across all districts. surprisingly, almost 50% of the eel products surveyed were determined to be european eel. the results from this study suggested that large scale smuggling networks trafficking european eels are interwoven with local supplier chains, resulting in endangered species ending up on supermarket shelves.   read : endangered species on supermarket shelves


— when we here the term “migratory,” we tend to think of the seasonal migrations we see on tv like the wildebeests crossing the serengeti ecosystem between tanzania and kenya or monarch butterflies making their ways north from their winter breeding grounds in mexico. but “migratory” under this treaty, now ratified by 130 countries, means much more. read : towards a global endangered species act more : convention on the conservation of migratory species of wild animals


— the legal issue in the case concerns where the lack of action constitutes a “constructive submission” by the states that epa is required to act upon under the clean water act. the court held that it is. read : court says EPA must regulate river temperatures


— one analysis has projected that between 1.7 million and 3.7 million gallons of freshwater will be required to build every 5 miles of the new border wall through protected areas in the most arid reach of the sonoran desert. read : at the mexican border, the battle for endangered species is as much about water as about the wall


— 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


— 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


— an approach like this one can help modernize the classification system, what the authors are doing, it’s almost like a plea for more data and more information to make better and clearer and more accurate assessments of where species are living. the researchers believe that their finding probably extends to mammals and amphibians as well. read article : is the endangered species list missing hundreds of species of birds?  


— the iucn is the most comprehensive and recognized listing of the status of species in the world. the list categories range from least concern (lu), meaning the species is still widespread and abundant, to extinct (e), meaning there are no known individuals still existing, whether in the wild or in captivity. the whale shark was previously classified as vulnerable (vu), this next level, endangered (en), kicks this status up to a high risk of extinction. read article  it’s official: ‘butanding’ an endangered species    


— “you can’t protect and recover endangered species without protecting the places they live.” read press release from Center for Biological Diversity : new regulation allows widespread destruction of habitat