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Lawsuit Launched to Protect Endangered Species From Fracking in Michigan

5 Sep

Risky Oil and Gas Production Threatens Rare Butterflies, Bats in Allegan State Game Area

by the Center for Biological Diversity

fracking-in-michiganGRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— The Center for Biological Diversity launched federal litigation today challenging the Bureau of Land Management for failing to protect endangered species like the Karner blue butterfly and Indiana bat by properly assessing the risks posed to them by fracking on public land being leased for oil and gas production in a game reserve in southwestern Michigan.

On Sept. 12 the federal government plans to auction off more than 27,000 acres of publicly owned mineral rights in the Allegan State Game Reserve but has not analyzed the harm fracking and drilling could do to all the area’s rare and protected species.   Continue reading

In Wyoming It’s Legal to Slaughter Wolf Pups in Their Dens

4 Apr

by Maria Goodavage / Takepart.com Gray-wolf-pups-at-mouth-of-den-1

The term “wolf denning” sounds kind of warm and fuzzy, doesn’t it? It conjures up images of a wolf mom with various members of the pack nurturing new pups that do nothing but sleep, eat, and play in the den.

But I recently learned that “wolf denning” refers to the killing of wolf pups in or near their dens.

In many parts of the U.S., wolves are still protected by the federal endangered species act, but in certain areas where reintroduction efforts in the mid-1990s have been successful, the animals are fair game. Continue reading

The Ecocidal Side of Florida Gulf Coast University, March Madness Sweetheart

29 Mar

The university trampled over Florida panther habitat at the behest of a Big Ag benefactor. Cinderella who?


by Tim Murphy /Mother Jones

The Florida Gulf Coast University Eagles, the first 15-seed ever to reach the NCAA basketball tournament’s second weekend, are the toast of March Madness on the basis of their high-flying style (nickname: “Dunk City“) and up-from-nowhere story. Less than two decades ago, FGCU was little more than a collection of trailers looking out over a swamp. Today its hoops team is hanging with the heavyweights.

The less inspiring story, however, is how FGCU rose up out of the swamp. To put it bluntly: The school paved over it, using government connections to pressure the US Fish and Wildlife Service into green-lighting the development and in the process wiping out one of the last vital habitat areas of the severely endangered Florida panther. FGCU’s is a particularly extreme version of a familiar story. For a century, South Florida developers have stared down all comers—and methodically reshaped the environment in the process. Continue reading

Ozark Hellbenders Vs. the Robots: Infographic

14 Mar

U.S. population trends in perspective: Ozark Hellbenders Vs. the Robots

Hellbenders Vs. the Robots by Earth First! Newswire is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

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Puget Sound Killer Whales Vs. Portland Hipsters

13 Mar
Pudget Sound Orcas Vs. Portland Hipsters by Earth First! Newswire is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.

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Pudget Sound Orcas Vs. Portland Hipsters by Earth First! Newswire is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.

Puget Sound Killer Whales

RANGE: Puget Sound, Juan de Fuca Strait, Haro Strait, and Georgia Strait

THREATS: Toxic chemicals, declines in salmon, general ecosystem deterioration, growing whale-watching pressure, collisions with ships, oil spills, Navy sonar, and entanglement in fishing nets

POPULATION TREND: Southern resident killer whales have experienced alarming population instability during the past 30 years, indicating that the population is unsteady and oscillating toward extinction. Since 1996, the population has experienced a steep drop, going from 97 to 78 whales.

Portland Hipsters

RANGE: Hawthorne, Alberta, Division/Clinton, Burnside (up to around 27th), Mississippi, Belmont, Sellwood, parts of the Pearl ( though it might be easier to map the parts of Portland that aren’t hipster.) Hipster bars include Sweet Hereafter,  Bunk Bar, Tiga, Buelahland and Aalto

THREATS: Collisions with automobiles at intersections due to lack of brakes on their fixed gears and the sideways looks of other hipsters


Tracking the American Jaguar! Viva, Viva Macho B

27 Dec

This year, the jaguar won a proposed 838,000 acres of protected critical habitat in the U.S. Southwest — including 11 mountain ranges in southern Arizona and southwestern New Mexico. There have been several confirmed sitings of the big cats return, finding their way back north despite the border wall with Mexico.

Check out this video of Randy Serraglio of the Center for Biological Diversity setting up wildlife cameras for the Center’s push for millions of more acres of protected habitat:

Florida’s Largest, Rarest Bat Proposed for Endangered Species Act Protection

3 Oct
Florida bonneted bat…so adorable, right?

Once Common in South Florida; Fewer Than 300 Believed Left in Wild

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed Endangered Species Act protection for the Florida bonneted bat, the largest, rarest bat in the state. The decision is part of a historic settlement agreement signed with the Center for Biological Diversity that requires expedited decisions on protection for 757 plants and animals around the country. “Endangered Species Act protection is crucial to the conservation of these wonderful bats,” said Jaclyn Lopez, a Center attorney based in Florida. “With the bats’ habitat being rapidly degraded and fragmented, protection can’t come soon enough.” Open fresh water and wetlands provide prime foraging habitat for the Florida bonneted bat, while trees and human-made structures are used for roosting.    Continue reading

Revenge of the Wolves

19 Sep

Illustration by Vin Paneccasio

Delisted and targeted in Wyoming, wolves attack hunters

from the Daily Maul

WYOMING, IN THE NOT-TOO-DISTANT FUTURE — Hundreds of hunters are dead this morning after wolves launched a preemptive strike on their would-be human attackers.

“We’re taking the fight to the terrorists who want to destroy our way of life,” a gray wolf named David told The Daily Maul.

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Mining Will Hit Tiger Habitats

9 Sep


by Rashme Sehgal, from Asian Age

Conservationists warn that indiscriminate coal block allocation will destroy tiger habitats of central India.
Geological Information System analysis whereby Coal India Ltd maps were juxtaposed against satellite images of forest cover undertaken by the Ecoinformatics Lab at the Bengaluru-based Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and Environment (ATREE) has shown that the allocation of just 13 out of the 195 coal blocks allocated by the ministry of mines will adversely impact the Bandhavgarh, Pench, Tadoba, Palamu, Hazaribagh, Simlipal, Chaprala and Indravati tiger reserves.

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Alarming Biodiversity Collapse in Protected Forests

31 Jul

{from Mother Jones}

Juvenile howler monkey picking berries: Alphamouse via Wikimedia Commons

In the science journal Nature this week, a piece was co-authored by more than 200 scientists from around the world—a veritable who’s-who of researchers from the world of tropical forest ecology.

The gist of the paper is alarming:

  1. The rapid disruption of tropical forests worldwide probably imperils global biodiversity more than any other force today.
  2. The best hope lies in protected areas.
  3. Yet many protected areas are not effectively protecting biodiversity.

The authors write:

Our analysis reveals great variation in reserve ‘health:’ about half of all reserves have been effective or performed passably, but the rest are experiencing an erosion of biodiversity that is often alarmingly widespread taxonomically and functionally.

Comparison of ecological changes inside vs outside protected areas, for selected environmental drivers. The bars show percentage of reserves with improving vs worsening conditions: Laurance, et al, Nature 2012, DOI:10.1038/nature11318

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