6 Unexpected Ways Birds Are Important for the Environment (and People) 12-17-21

Birds play countless roles in healthy ecosystems—which is why preserving bird diversity helps everyone. Read more

Scenic stretch of Lost Coast redwoods to be spared the ax 12-10-21

The rugged Lost Coast is about to become less forbidding. Read more

One surprising winner in Biden’s infrastructure bill: Biodiversity 11-17-21

Biden’s infrastructure bill puts billions toward wildlife and ecosystems. Read more

Spring Soundscapes Are Changing as Bird Populations Continue to Decline 11-05-21

More than 200,000 sites across North America and Europe have become quieter in the past two decades as biodiversity and population numbers dwindle. Read more

Raptors Rather Than Rodenticide 10-12-21

Laura Echávez is perched precariously atop a 16-foot ladder next to a slender pole that is supporting a wooden box the size of a carry-on suitcase. She thrusts her hand inside the box, wriggling fingers through owl pellets, feathers, and fragments of eggshells heaped inches thick. Read more

Gary Griggs, Our Ocean Backyard | Otter and pelican populations rebound 10-09-21

The announcement last week by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that 23 more species are now officially declared extinct was a sobering reminder of our collective human impacts on this diverse group of organisms. Read more

Wildlife Window: Witness to the spectacle of hawk migration 10-06-21

Dark specks clustered the distant sky. Read more

‘Major’ Oil Spill Off California Coast Threatens Wetlands and Wildlife 10-03-21

A pipeline failure sent at least 126,000 gallons of oil into the Pacific off the coast of Orange County, creating a 13-square-mile slick. Dead fish and birds washed ashore in some areas. Read more

American bumblebee populations plummet 90 per cent 09-29-21

The insect has now totally disappeared from eight US states. Read more

Protected Too Late: U.S. Officials Report More Than 20 Extinctions 09-28-21

The animals and one plant had been listed as endangered species. Their stories hold lessons about a growing global biodiversity crisis. Read more

Biden Administration Moves to Protect Alaska’s Bristol Bay 09-09-21

The bay, home to a key sockeye salmon fishery, sits atop a massive gold and copper deposit, pitting environmentalists against mining companies. Read more

Saving Florida’s Corals 08-30-21

Seven years ago, Florida’s corals started dying. The mysterious illness, called stony coral tissue loss disease, quickly decimated almost half of the state’s hard coral. Read more 

Barry the Owl Brought Us Together. What Will We Do Without Her? 08-08-21

A community formed in Central Park around a barred owl with a charming, people-friendly personality. Saying goodbye isn’t easy. Read more

U.S. Adds 16,000 Square Miles To Protect Orcas 08-01-21

On Friday, endangered killer whales received new habitat protections from the federal government. As ABC News reported. Read more

The Western Drought Is a Crisis for Migrating Birds, Too 07-26-21

For years, California rice farmers have aided bird migration by flooding their fields in the off season. But this year, they barely have enough water to grow their crops. Read more

US wildfires’ increasing toll on wildlife 07-06-21

In Sept. 2020, the 7-year-old female mountain lion pictured above was dehydrated and burnt on the bottom of her paw pads. The pain made it unbearable to walk. Read more

How Returning Lands to Native Tribes Is Helping Protect Nature 06-03-21

From California to Maine, land is being given back to Native American tribes who are committing to managing it for conservation. Tribes are using traditional knowledge to support wildlife to protect their ancestral grounds. Read more

Red knot numbers plummet, pushing shorebird closer to extinction 05-31-21

Migration through Delaware Bay this year was the lowest since records began in 1982. Read more

Opinion: Manatees are starving in Florida. Pollution is the likely culprit. 04-05-21

Manatees in South Florida’s rivers, estuaries and lagoons are not doing well this year. Since the beginning of 2021, 432 have already died. Read more

Marine Mammals Help Mitigate Climate Impacts on Ocean Ecosystems 03-23-21

Kelp forests along the U.S. West Coast are threatened because of an exploding sea urchin population caused by the climate crisis. Read more

Biden’s Chance to Save the Everglades 03-21-21

Reviving the South Florida ecosystem enjoys bipartisan support and deserves federal funding. Read more

Spike in Florida Manatee Deaths Linked to Human Activity, Loss of Food Sources 03-11-21

The first few months of 2021 have been extremely deadly for manatees as food sources in Florida have become increasingly limited, scientists say. Read more at EcoWatch

Endangered Florida Panther Is Beginning to Roar Back 03-10-21

The endangered Florida panther is finally getting the spotlight it deserves — it’s making a comeback after teetering on the brink of extinction. Read more at Our Daily Planet

Biden administration seeks to restore migratory bird protections 03-08-21

The Biden administration on Monday moved to rescind a Trump administration rule that rolled back protections against the inadvertent killing of migratory birds. Read more at Reuters

Butterflies are vanishing out West. Scientists say climate change is to blame. 03-04-21

The rate of decline is “calamitous,” one scientist said, and has implications for crops and the environment. Read more at The Washington Post

The Art and Education of Owling 02-04-21

To search for an owl is to dance with nature in real time. Read more at The New York Times

Biden Urged to Help Save American Bumblebees From Extinction 02-02-21

“It is our hope,” said Hirokawa, “that the Biden administration grasps the gravity of this moment.” Read more at EcoWatch

Cities Can Help Migrating Birds on Their Way By Planting More Trees and Turning Lights Off at Night 01-16-21

Millions of birds travel between their breeding and wintering grounds during spring and autumn migration, creating one of the greatest spectacles of the natural world. Read more at EcoWatch

America’s Newest National Park Is Also the First in West Virginia 01-07-21

The U.S. is beginning the new year with a new national park. Read more at EcoWatch

New Whale Population Discovered in Indian Ocean 01-04-21

A study published last week in the journal Endangered Species Research reports the discovery of a new group of blue whales living in the Indian Ocean. Read more at Our Daily Planet