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  • Defense Department Helps Eagle Soar Off Endangered List

    06/28/2007 4:33:10 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 284+ views
    WASHINGTON, June 28, 2007 – After almost disappearing from the American scene, the bald eagle’s comeback is complete, thanks in part to the Defense Department. Challenger, a bald eagle, takes flight during the Bald Eagle Recovery and Final Delisting ceremony held at the Jefferson Memorial, June 28, 2007, as Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne (right) stands with his hand over his heart. Defene Dept. photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Molly A. Burgess, USN  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne and other officials made the announcement today at a ceremonial event held at the Jefferson Memorial...
  • Please vote for freedom on an online Web poll

    06/04/2007 4:24:45 PM PDT · by claddaugh · 3 replies · 177+ views
    6/4/2007 | Catherine McNaught
    I would like to ask you if you would consider helping Bay Families with Dogs, a grassroots organization in Panama City, FL. We have been enjoying for decades a stretch of beach on a barrier island with out family dogs. Recently, however the Florida State Park system has been buying up the few remaining private parcels and charging visitors to the island with SECOND DEGREE MISDEMEANORS if they have their dog with them (or if they drink an adult beverage) on state lands. This has been a huge controversy in our community. I am personally asking if you will consider...
  • Wolf numbers continue to grow

    04/14/2007 7:32:16 PM PDT · by george76 · 67 replies · 1,814+ views
    Billings Gazette ^ | March 20, 2007 | MIKE STARK
    There are now at least 1,300 wolves prowling Montana, Idaho and Wyoming, far more than anyone imagined when the species was reintroduced in the Northern Rockies 12 years ago. The wolf population has, on average, grown by about 26 percent a year for the past decade. The latest estimates, which summarize counts completed at the end of 2006, show they aren't slowing down. "I keep thinking we're at the top end of the bubble," said Ed Bangs, wolf recovery coordinator for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. "I can't see that there's room for any more, but we'll see." As...
  • Endangered Rabbits Returned to Wild, Quickly Eaten

    04/12/2007 6:06:40 PM PDT · by Ptarmigan · 29 replies · 631+ views
    FOX News ^ | April 12, 2007
    EPHRATA, Wash. — Most of a group of 20 endangered rabbits that were reintroduced to the wild with great fanfare last month have been killed by predators, state officials said. Only four of the rabbits released on March 13 remained at the Sagebrush Flat Wildlife Area as of Tuesday, said David Hays, pygmy rabbit coordinator for the state Department of Fish and Wildlife. Hays said two males were removed earlier this month and will be returned at the end of April. The other 14 rabbits are believed to have fallen victim to predators, mainly coyotes, but also hawks and owls,...
  • Protecting Rice: The Planet's Most Important Food Source

    03/21/2007 5:20:19 PM PDT · by blam · 19 replies · 456+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 3-21-2007 | International Rice Research Instutute
    Source: International Rice Research Institute Date: March 21, 2007 Protecting Rice: The Planet's Most Important Food Source Science Daily — An unprecedented new agreement --part of an aggressive move to safeguard the world's food production - aims to protect thousands of the world's unique rice varieties. The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and the Rome-based Global Crop Diversity Trust announced the historic new agreement at a special dedication ceremony at IRRI's Genetic Resources Center, which houses more than 100,000 samples of rice, the biggest and most important such collection in the world. The funding agreement is expected to help conserve...
  • CA: Endangered shrimp delaying new school (endangered fairy shrimp found in vernal pools)

    03/04/2007 2:32:33 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 471+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 3/4/07 | Helen Gao
    SAN DIEGO – When the Stevens family bought a house in Mira Mesa in 1980, they were told an elementary school would be built in their neighborhood on land set aside by housing developer Pardee Homes. More than two decades later, the site sits vacant. And Mira Mesa residents are unlikely to see a school until the end of the decade, even though the San Diego Unified School District had promised to build one as part of its $1.51 billion construction program funded by a 1998 bond measure. Jonas Salk Elementary School was supposed to open off Parkdale Avenue and...
  • Comments sought on eastern cougar

    02/28/2007 2:46:30 PM PST · by girlangler · 10 replies · 892+ views
    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service ^ | 2/28/07 | news release
    Comments sought on eastern cougar Catamount, puma, painter, panther, mountain lion are just some of the names given to a large but elusive will-o’-the-wisp cat that once haunted . . . or perhaps still haunts . . . the forests of the eastern United States and Canada. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is beginning a review of scientific and commercial information to determine the status of the endangered eastern cougar, the first review the Service has done since publishing a recovery plan in 1982. The Service placed the eastern cougar on the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife in...
  • Interior Department Approves 56 U.S. States Plans to Keep Species from Becoming Endangered

    02/16/2007 10:46:46 AM PST · by girlangler · 6 replies · 368+ views
    U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service ^ | 2/16/2007 | news release
    Interior Department Approves Plans by 56 U.S. States and Territories to Keep Species from Becoming Endangered Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne announced today that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has approved wildlife action plans for all 56 states and territories, marking the final phase of an important step in conservation history. For the first time ever, all state and territorial fish and Wildlife agencies have established comprehensive conservation plans that, together, provide a nationwide blueprint of actions to conserve imperiled species and prevent them from becoming threatened or endangered. "The states possess a wealth of knowledge about the conservation issues...
  • Endangered Crane Survives Florida Storm (1)

    02/04/2007 8:09:48 PM PST · by blam · 12 replies · 531+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 2-5-2007 | Carrie Antlfinger
    Endangered Crane Survives Florida Storms Monday February 5, 2007 2:01 AM By CARRIE ANTLFINGER Associated Press Writer MILWAUKEE (AP) - A whooping crane was spotted alive on Sunday after it was believed killed with 17 others in severe Florida storms, according to an organizer of a migratory project. Organizers received a signal from a transmitter on the young male crane on Saturday night and again on Sunday near where the endangered birds were kept in Citrus County, Fla. Later Sunday, they saw the survivor with two sandhill cranes, said Rachel Levin, a spokeswoman with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service....
  • Global warming threatens polar bears [ESA listing as "threatened" to be announced]

    12/27/2006 9:26:31 AM PST · by cogitator · 31 replies · 765+ views
    Toronto Star ^ | 12/27/2006 | John Heilprin
    WASHINGTON – Polar bears are in deep trouble because of global warming and other factors and deserve federal protection under the Endangered Species Act, the Bush administration is proposing Wednesday. Pollution and overhunting also threaten their existence. Greenland and Norway have the most polar bears, but almost 5,000 live mainly in Alaska and travel to Canada and Russia. Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne plans to announce later Wednesday that polar bears should be listed as a "threatened'' species on the government list of imperiled species, a department official confirmed Wednesday. The "endangered" category is reserved for species more likely to become...
  • Aspen tells skiers sport may be doomed ( Wacko Global Warming )

    09/22/2006 11:43:48 AM PDT · by george76 · 75 replies · 1,596+ views
    Vail Daily ^ | September 22, 2006 | Scott Condon
    In new ads, ski company says global warming could dry up snow during the next century... The Aspen Skiing Co. hopes potential customers are ready for a snow job. On Wednesday, the company unveiled a new advertising campaign for the 2006-07 season that centers around the message that snow — and skiing — will disappear around 2100 if humans don’t take drastic action to slow global warming. Three full-page ads, which show a melting snowflake imposed over Highland Bowl, will run in SKI and Outside magazines in the next few months. One ad portrays a “certificate of death” for snow....
  • Fort, center settle suit on bio pact (Ft Huachuca vs. Center for Bio-Diversity)

    09/20/2006 4:21:38 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 309+ views
    FORT HUACHUCA — A federal judge has approved a lawsuit settlement in which the post and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will renegotiate a biological opinion. “Fort Huachuca’s proactive decision to re-initiate consultation was instrumental in the Center for Biological Diversity and the Army agreeing to settle the lawsuit involving activities at Fort Huachuca and the impact of these activities on the San Pedro River basin,” post spokeswoman Tanja Linton said Tuesday. Jeff Humphrey, a Fish and Wildlife Service spokesman in Phoenix, said the settlement was signed Friday by U.S. District Judge Cindy K. Jorgenson, who is assigned to...
  • Planting Evidence? The discovery of a protected herb sparks accusations of sabotage

    07/19/2006 7:17:58 AM PDT · by oxcart · 45 replies · 1,345+ views
    AP via The Winston-Salem Journal ^ | 07/19/2006 | Unknown
    SEBASTOPOL, Calif. Did someone in this wine-country town illegally plant an endangered flower to sabotage a proposed housing development? That is the question at the center of a quarrel that some here have dubbed "Foamgate." Bob Evans, a 72-year-old retired elementary-school principal, said he was walking with his dog last year when he came upon the tiny white flowers of Sebastopol meadowfoam poking from shallow pools of water in a grassy field. The former bean farm happens to be the site chosen for the 20-acre Laguna Vista housing development. Evans and other opponents seized on the discovery of meadowfoam, a...
  • Endangered flowers trigger fight over California housing project (another plant of a "plant"?)

    07/08/2006 1:02:12 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 31 replies · 2,135+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 7/8/06 | Terence Chea - ap
    Did residents of this idyllic wine country town illegally plant an endangered flower to sabotage a proposed housing development? That's the question at the heart of a quarrel folks here have dubbed "Foamgate." Bob Evans, a 72-year-old retired elementary school principal, says he was walking with his dog last year when he came upon the tiny white flowers of Sebastopol meadowfoam poking from shallow pools of water in a grassy field. The former bean farm happens to be the chosen site of the 20-acre Laguna Vista housing development. Evans and other opponents seized on the discovery of the federally protected...
  • Feds reject petition to list California spotted owl as endangered

    05/23/2006 8:56:23 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 406+ views
    ap on San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 5/23/06 | Juliana Barbassa - ap
    FRESNO – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Tuesday rejected a petition to list the California spotted owl under the Endangered Species Act, saying the population is stable and programs that prevent forest wildfires will allow it to thrive. The decision rankled the environmental groups that had requested protection of the speckled, football-sized owl. This was their second effort to list the bird in three years. The petition's denial was based in part on the recommendation of scientists commissioned to study the owl, said Steve Thompson, manager of the agency's California-Nevada operations office. They found that fires that creep...
  • Birders Find No New Evidence of Woodpecker (Public Access Can't Be Denied)

    05/22/2006 6:35:26 AM PDT · by girlangler · 23 replies · 665+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 5/18/06 | ANNIE BERGMAN
    Birders Find No New Evidence of Woodpecker By ANNIE BERGMAN Associated Press Writer © 2006 The Associated Press LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — With news Thursday that search teams had found no new confirmation of the ivory-billed woodpecker's existence in the swamps of eastern Arkansas, wildlife managers said there was no longer a reason to limit public access to the region. "Based on the information coming from the search and research that we have done, I feel there is no need any longer to limit public use within this area," said Dennis Widner, manager of the Cache River Wildlife Management Area...
  • Ultimate "Guest Worker" Program

    05/17/2006 3:19:08 PM PDT · by tomzz · 6 replies · 431+ views
    self | 5/17/06 | self
    According to the Bush administration and the US senate, we need guest workers in this country, presumably to do the heavy lifting which Americans are no longer capable of. I've got an idea for a sort of an ultimate version of something like that... According to everything I read, gorillas in the wild are in danger of outright extinction, mainly due to human encroachment on teritories. Also from most of what I read, gorillas are basically bright, and very easy to get along with, as compared to chimps which should be regarded as dangerous. According to some of what I...
  • Ranchers say weights have declined since wolf reintroduction ( Middle class under attack )

    05/05/2006 7:46:36 PM PDT · by george76 · 94 replies · 1,912+ views
    Associated Press ^ | May 5, 2006 | Jim Knight
    Cattle ranchers in the Paradise Valley say shipping weights have declined since wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone National Park in 1995. They say their cattle stay close to gates instead of grazing entire pastures. Wary animals tend to eat less than relaxed animals.
  • De-prioritizing people

    03/28/2006 6:43:10 AM PST · by serendipity_kate · 1 replies · 471+ views ^ | 28 March 2006 | Jennifer Biddison
    Part of the problem is that the people who decide national policy are headquartered in Washington, D.C., where large plots of private property are rare. Those of us who live in urban or suburban areas imagine endangered species protection to be as simple as being kind to blue whales, grizzly bears and bald eagles. We don’t stop to consider the dilemmas facing people thousands of miles away from us. Bill Snape, Chairman of the Endangered Species Coalition, is an example of one who lives in either ignorance or denial. “There just aren’t private landowners that I can identify where the...
  • Endangered Species Act critic finds himself in crosshairs(rights of property owners)

    03/26/2006 5:37:04 AM PST · by cope85 · 13 replies · 840+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Sunday, March 26, 2006 | ERICA WERNER
    Endangered Species Act critic finds himself in crosshairs By ERICA WERNER Associated Press writer Sunday, March 26, 2006 TRACY, Calif. -- Republican U.S. Rep. Richard Pombo likes animals, just as long as obscure species aren't dictating what happens to the land. Bidding for his 12th term in Congress, the cowboy-booted Pombo, a Californian who raises cattle on the family ranch, wants to rewrite the 1973 Endangered Species Act to dramatically expand the rights of property owners. And as chairman of the House Resources Committee, he is closing in on that longtime goal. That has made him a prime target for...