Previous Wildlife News 2019

We’re Just Starting to Learn How Fracking Harms Wildlife 10-02-19

Mounting evidence proves that natural-gas and oil extraction threatens wildlife and ecosystems — much as it harms human health. Read more at The Revelator


17 States Sue to Stop Trump Admin Attack on Endangered Species Act 09-26-19

A little more than a month after the Trump administration announced a major rollback of the Endangered Species Act, 17 states are suing to stop it. Read more at EcoWatch


Vanishing: More Than 1 in 4 Birds Have Disappeared in the Last 50 Years 09-19-19

If you were alive in the year 1970, more than one in four birds in the U.S. and Canada have disappeared within your lifetime. Read more at The Cornell Lab of Ornithology – All About Birds


Alaska’s last vast wild place is open for drilling. Will the birds survive? 09-10-19

Alaska’s National Petroleum Reserve, where millions of birds come to nest and raise their young, is now under threat from petroleum development. Read more at National Geographic


Facing uncertain future, puffins adapt to survive climate change 08-27-19

The fate of the seabirds remains heavily in the hands of humans. Read more at The Daily Climate 


Trump Admin Guts Endangered Species Act in the Midst of Climate Crisis and Biodiversity Loss 08-13-19

The Trump administration announced sweeping changes to the Endangered Species Act Monday in a move that could make it harder to protect plants and animals from the climate crisisThe New York Times reported. Read more at EcoWatch


Saving endangered species: 5 essential reads 08-13-19

The Trump administration has announced rule changes that alter how it will enforce the 1973 Endangered Species Act, which protects threatened and endangered species and their habitats. Read more at The Conversation


What’s in the way of this Texas pipeline? A cute songbird. 08-05-19

The golden-cheeked warbler, an endangered songbird native to Central Texas, always seems to be flitting around controversy. It proved to be a roadblock derailing the Texas Department of Transportation’s plans to build a toll road in 2016. Read more at Grist


Pollinator Cities Really Could Save the Monarchs 06-26-19

The milkweed needed to stabilize the country’s monarch-butterfly population thrives in metropolitan areas—especially on residential land. Read more at CityLab


Old Flames: The Tangled History of Forest Fires, Wildlife, and People 06-17-19

A yellow plastic sign stapled to a skinny black tree warned ENTERING BURN: STAY ON ROADS AND TRAILS. Read more at All About Birds


Beyond Nuclear threatens lawsuit to protect sea turtles 06-15-19

For decades, the reactor site’s cooling water intake system has routinely captured, harmed and killed thousands of marine animals. Read the full press release.


Mass Die-Off of Puffins Raises More Fears About Arctic’s Warming Climate 05-29-19

The story of the seabirds’ deaths likely starts at the bottom of the food chain, where warming water and climate change are changing the menu. Read more at Inside Climate News


Sea turtles are being born mostly female due to warming—will they survive? 04-04-19

Climate change is causing a crisis in sea turtle sex ratios. But there are signs of hope. Read more at National Geographic


Marine Heat Waves Could Threaten Dolphin Survival, Study Suggests 04-02-19

The survival rates of Indo Pacific bottlenose dolphins like this one were reduced following a marine heat wave in Australia. Read more at EcoWatch


‘Absolutely Magical’: Southern California Sees Largest Painted Lady Migration Since 2005 03-13-19

Southern California is in the midst of a “magical” surprise: unusually large swarms of Painted Lady butterflies filling the skies from San Diego to Pasadena. Read more at EcoWatch


As Work Begins on Trump’s Border Wall, a Key Wildlife Refuge Is at Risk 02-28-19

Construction is underway on a stretch of President Trump’s border wall cutting through the Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge in Texas. Biologists warn the steel wall will disrupt carefully preserved habitat critical for the survival of ocelot, jaguarundi, and other threatened species. Read more at Yale Environment 360


Ospreys’ Recovery From Pollution and Shooting Is a Global Conservation Success Story 02-27-19

A hundred years ago, a person wandering the back roads of coastal New England might have come across an odd sight: an osprey. Read more at EcoWatch


Monarch Butterfly Population Plummets in California 01-07-19

The population of monarch butterflies that spend winter along the California coast dropped 86 percent since 2017, according to a recent count by the Xerces Society, an invertebrate conservation group. Read more at EcoWatch