Previous Wildlife News

Seeds of Commerce: Saving Native Plants in the Heart of Appalachia 03-02-17

In S. Appalachia, botanist Joe-Ann McCoy is collecting the seeds of thousands of native plant species threatened by climate change. Read more at Yale Environment 360

A systematic status review of North American and Hawaiian native bees 02-27-17

While the decline of European honeybees in the United States and beyond has been well publicized in recent years, the more than 4,000 species of native bees in North America and Hawaii have been much less documented. For full PDF report click here

70,000 New York City Birds Sacrificed for Air Travel 01-17-17

In last eight years, nearly 70,000 birds have been killed in the New York City area to make the skies safer for air travel. Read more on EcoWatch

New Life Along Washington State’s Elwha River 12-26-16

It’s been only two years since the removal of the last of the dams that obstructed the Elwha River, in Washington State, but already species are returning. Read more on The New Yorker

Avocados Imperil Monarch Butterflies’ Winter Home in Mexico 11-17-16

The green volcanic hills that tower above Apútzio de Juárez have begun to fill with swarms of monarch butterflies, which return each year for the winter stretch of their celebrated — and imperiled — migration. Read more on The New York Times

Sam’s Field Notes: The Monarch Migration 10-31-16

During a recent early morning walk along the shores of Bogue Banks, the spreading rays of the rising sun pushed the remaining darkness below the horizon and released a brilliant blue sky. A restless cool northwest wind had all the beach grasses, little blue stem, sea oats and the dune shrub branches of yaupon and wax myrtle dancing and swinging. Read more on Coastal Review

Feds to Scale Back Red Wolf Recovery Area 9-14-16

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Monday it will begin to dramatically scale back its controversial red wolf recovery program.

The agency said in a news release it will begin implementing a series of actions based on scientific information and divided public opinions gathered during the past 21 months. The plan is to limit the area that the endangered wolves are able to roam freely to a federal wildlife refuge and adjacent land in Dare County by the end of 2017. Read more on Coastal Review Online

Science in the Wild: The Legacy of the U.S. National Park System 8-24-16

As the National Park Service marks its centennial this month, the parks are being celebrated for their natural beauty and priceless recreational opportunities. But they also provide a less recognized benefit: the parks serve as a living laboratory for critical scientific research. Read more on YALE environment 360

Obama creates whole new national monument to celebrate National Park System’s 100th birthday 8-24-16

President Obama marked the 100th anniversary of the founding of the National Park Service a day early by protecting 87,500 acres in north-central Maine on Wednesday. Read more on Grist

Birds sing to their unborn chicks to warn them about hot weather 8-18-16

Are they singing The Heat is On? When it’s hot outside, zebra finches sing a special song to their eggs.

That song appears to keep the chicks from growing too large after they hatch if the weather is toasty – and it even affects the number of baby birds in the next generation, though researchers aren’t sure exactly why. Read more on New Scientist

Seals help show how melting ice shelves in East Antarctica affect deep ocean 8-23-16

A group of elephant seals in Antarctica has helped show how freshwater from melting ice shelves affects a key part of the engine that drives the circulation of the world’s oceans. Read more on Australian Broadcasting Corporation

How sea otters help save the planet 7-10-16

New research into the complex links of the food chain suggest that the lovable mammals play a key role in managing carbon dioxide levels

Charles Darwin once mused on the impacts that predators could have on the landscapes around them. In particular, he wondered – in On the Origin of Species – how neighbourhood cats might affect the abundance of flowers in the fields near his house at Downe in Kent. He concluded the animals’ potential to change local flora was considerable. Read more on The Guardian

As Gulf of Maine Warms, Puffins Recast as Canaries in a Coal Mine 10-26-15

Puffins were virtually wiped out in Maine in the mid-19th century by hungry fisherman, who threw nets over their hideaways to catch them by the 1000s. Restored to midcoasts islands by scientists, they have a threatened status in Maine and were recently listed as endangered in Europe. A new threat from rising ocean temperatures now threatens much of the prey they rely on …Full article This is part 2 of a series. To read the full series click here

To Save Bees, Some States Take Aim at Pesticides 7-29-15

The orange groves in Fort Myers, Florida, have turned to poison for David Mendes’ honeybees. The one time winter havens for bees have been treated with a popular pesticides that he says kills his livelihood …Full article and interactive bee loss map

Mercury Pollution Threat to Arctic Bird 3-18-15

Mercury pollution has risen nearly 50-fold in the feathers of the endangered Ivory gull over the past 130 years, say scientists. Mercury levels are going up in other Arctic birds, fish and mammals due to atmospheric pollution. Mercury in the atmosphere comes from natural sources such as volcanoes, as well as human activities such as coal burning. Air currents can transport mercury to the Arctic from mid-latitudes in just a few days …Full article

Cascadian Farm ‘Bee Friendlier’ Effort Enlists Public to Help Protect Insects 1-26-15
Alarm has grown in recent years over the widespread loss of bee colonies, not just because of the canary-in-the-coal-mine implications about how factors like pesticides and parasites might be to blame, but also for a more direct reason: Bees pollinate an estimated 75% of food crops …Full article

Serious About Saving the Bees? Time to rethink agriculture 10-15-14

There is much more to “saving the bees” than spring flowers and a golden mascot. We need mulitcultural pollinator communities if we want to keep eating our favorite foods …Full article

President Obama Takes Action to Protect Bristol Bay, Alaska 12-16-14

The President’s action places a national treasure—and one of the nation’s most productive fisheries—off limits for oil and gas leasing. Alaskans have been fighting to preserve Bristol Bay for decades …Full article

President Obama Seeks Wilderness Designation for Arctic National Wildlife Refuge 1-26-14

The Department of the Interior announced the release of a conservation plan that recommends additional protections for the Refuge that asks Congress to designate core areas the highest level of protection available to public lands.

If passed by Congress, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge would become the largest ever wilderness designation since Congress passed the Wilderness Act more than 50 years ago.

The recommendation covers 12.28 million acres including four rivers which would ensure the land and water would remain unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.

The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge has the most diverse wildlife in the arctic including caribou, polar bears, gray wolves, muskoxen, more than 200 species of birds, 37 species of mammals and 42 species of fish …full article