Tagged center for biological diversity

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

UNFILLED FUTURE

— “valentine’s day actually has its origins in a celebration of wolf fertility.” read : wolf that walked 8,712 miles to find love

BOMB RANGE SATYRS

— to some experts, just having these creatures around means the 46-year-old law has done its job. more than 99.2 percent of the species protected by the act survive, the associated press has found. only 11 species were declared extinct. read : butterfly on a bomb range

FOLLOW THE SCIENCE

  —follow the science and take action before the pygmy owl is gone from the sonoran desert. read : cactus ferruginous pygmy owl may get protected again

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

SUED BY THE OIL INDUSTRY

— “we’re here to continue to work with our partners and try to enhance the conservation actions that are occurring on the ground. our endgame is the conservation of species.” read article : lesser prairie chicken removed from threatened and endangered species list

WELL DONE SMALL ONE

— thanks to the powerful conservation tools provided by the esa and the work of countless dedicated people, plovers are steadily recovering. hardly are plovers alone in their slow but encouraging return. that important point was driven home by a new study by the center for biological diversity showing that a remarkable 85 percent of all u.s. continental birds currently protected by the endangered species act are increasing or stabilized. read article : rebound of great lakes plovers a sign that endangered species act works

SPECIES AND WILD PLACES

— “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

UNCANNY COCKTAILS

 — primary concern for monarch butterflies is the reduced availability of milkweed, which is necessary for their life cycle. therefore, focusing on glyphosate may only result in intensified use of other herbicides. read article : EPA studies effects of roundup on 1,500 endangered species

SQUIRREL AGREEMENT

— “the animals are facing extinction for many reasons, chief among them habitat loss from logging and sprawl, groundwater overuse, global warming and pollution” read article: rare southern california flying squirrel moves closer to endangered species act protection more: national wildlife federation