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Lizards - the next canary in the global warming coal mine

May 14, 2010

Posted by Sylvia Fallon in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

Tags:
biogems, climatechange, endangeredspecies, globalwarming, lizards, wildlife

Lizards.  My first love. I know, but it’s true. And not just any lizards, but Sceloporus lizards.  I mean look at this guy.                     Think his camouflaged ways make him too drab?  Flip him over and take a look at...

Climate change endangers whitebark pine in western Canada

May 5, 2010

Posted by Sylvia Fallon in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places , Solving Global Warming

Tags:
blisterrust, canada, climatechange, COSEWIC, endangeredspeciesact, ESA, globalwarming, mountainpinebeetle, usfishandwildlifeservice, USFS, whitebarkpine

Yesterday the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) announced that it has determined whitebark pine – a high elevation pine found throughout much of the western US and Canada – is endangered throughout its Canadian range...

Copper - one more reason Pebble Mine threatens Bristol Bay's salmon

April 14, 2010

Posted by Sylvia Fallon in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

Tags:
alaska, biogems, bristolbay, copper, pebblemine, salmon

There are many reasons that Pebble Mine, the proposed copper and gold mine in southwest Alaska’s Bristol Bay area, would threaten one of the most productive salmon fisheries in the world.  As we have been highlighting here, operation of the...

Poisons on public lands – a threat to predators, people and pets

April 1, 2010

Posted by Sylvia Fallon in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

Tags:
biogems, poison, predators, USDA, wildlife, wildlifeservices, wolves

We have written before about Wildlife Services – the agency within the US Department of Agriculture that is responsible for, among other things, severely depleting ecologically important predator populations largely in an effort to aid private livestock interests.  They accomplish...

Would you build Pebble Mine in heaven?

March 29, 2010

Posted by Sylvia Fallon in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

Tags:
alaska, angloamerican, biogems, bristolbay, grizzlybears, pebblemine, salmon, wildlife

When discussing the value of preserving grizzly bears in the lower 48 states, Aldo Leopold once remarked, “Relegating grizzlies to Alaska is about like relegating happiness to heaven; one may never get there.”  Many of us who live in the...

From Hellhole to the hill – some mixed news for bats

March 11, 2010

Posted by Sylvia Fallon in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

Tags:
bats, budget2011, endangeredspecies, whitenosesyndrome

Two weeks ago I reported that white-nose syndrome had been documented in Hellhole Cave – West Virginia’s largest and most important cave – home to half of the world’s remaining population of endangered Virginia big-eared bats.  I also pointed out...

Idaho and Montana step up their efforts to reduce wolves

March 9, 2010

Posted by Sylvia Fallon in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

Tags:
biogems, endangeredspecies, idaho, montana, rockymountains, wildlife, wildlifeservices, wolves

Although wolf hunting season is not yet closed in certain areas of the west, both Idaho and Montana are setting their sights on new ways to reduce their wolf populations.  Last week, Matt pointed to a resolution by Idaho’s legislature...

While the US Fish and Wildlife Service stalls, time is running out for whitebark pine

February 25, 2010

Posted by Sylvia Fallon in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

Tags:
biogems, blisterrust, endangeredspeciesact, globalwarming, grizzlybears, mountainpinebeetle, usfishandwildlifeservice, whitebarkpine

Over a year ago, we submitted a petition to list whitebark pine as endangered on the Endangered Species List. By law, the US Fish and Wildlife Service is supposed to issue an initial determination on whether the petition may be...

Hellhole Cave takes on a new meaning for endangered bats

February 24, 2010

Posted by Sylvia Fallon in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

Tags:
bats, biogems, disease, endangeredspecies, whitenosesyndrome, wildlife

This type of news is bound to keep coming as bats begin to emerge from hibernation and scientists continue to discover more and more caves that now harbor the deadly whitenose syndrome.  The white fungus that has already killed over...

Cutting research funding for bats: penny-wise and (millions of) dollars foolish

February 3, 2010

Posted by Sylvia Fallon in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

Tags:
bats, biogems, budget2011, disease, white-nose syndrome, wildlife

Some pieces of the mysterious puzzle known as white-nose syndrome - the disease that is devastating bat population in the northeastern US - are beginning to fall into place, though as of yet, the picture is still unclear.  Several reports are...

Buzz kill: Unregulated spread of disease puts native bumble bees at risk

January 12, 2010

Posted by Sylvia Fallon in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

Tags:
agriculture, bees, bumblebees, CCD, colonycollapsedisorder, disease, honeybees, pollinator, wildlife

By now most of you have heard of Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) – the mysterious condition that is causing the precipitous decline of honey bees.  In the US, these honey bees are not native and were brought here from Europe...

The National Marine Fisheries Service agrees the Hawaiian false killer whale may be endangered

January 5, 2010

Posted by Sylvia Fallon in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

Tags:
endangeredspeciesact, falsekillerwhale, hawaii, NMFS

Not too long ago we introduced you to the false killer whale and the unique population that resides only around the Hawaiian Islands.  We also pointed out the decline that this population has experienced over the last two decades and...

Saving Sage Grouse: A misplaced blame game on Nevada's predators

December 8, 2009

Posted by Sylvia Fallon in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

Tags:
biogems, endangeredspecies, nevada, predators, sagegrouse, wildlife, wildlifeservices, wolves

Recently, I wrote about the ecological importance of predators to their ecosystems and why NRDC is concerned with the practices of the predator control program administered by Wildlife Services.  As this agency is part of the US Department of Agriculture,...

Trophic cascades, burrowing badgers and otter latrines – or, why we like predators

December 4, 2009

Posted by Sylvia Fallon in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

Tags:
badger, biogems, coyotes, mountainlion, predators, riverotter, rockymountains, wildlife, wildlifeservices, wolves, yellowstone

Earlier this week we ran a post about Wildlife Services and the number of predators that they eliminate each year through various means.  At NRDC we have a number of concerns about Wildlife Services’ predator control practices from their use...

A scary Halloween for bats

October 30, 2009

Posted by Sylvia Fallon in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

Tags:
bats, bees, disease, endangeredspecies, white-nose syndrome, wildlife

This weekend as my little goblin and I make our way out into the night in search of treats, there may be more witches and ghosts than bats for us to keep an eye out for.  That's because in three...