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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

COGS

— “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    

REPRODUCIBLE

— “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

BACKFIRE

— 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

SINGED

— “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 

SCIENTIFIC RIGOR

— “while agencies have increasingly listed climate change as a growing threat to species whose survival is already precarious, many have not translated this concern into tangible actions, meaning a significant protection gap still exists.” read : nearly all america’s endangered species will struggle to adapt to climate crisis

WOLVES FATE

— “Colorado voters have made clear once again that they enthusiastically support restoring the natural balance to Colorado’s wild public lands.”   read : fate of predator will move out of the legislature and courts and onto a ballot

CEROXYLON

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

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?

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