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Leda Huta

Leda Huta is the Executive Director of the Endangered Species Coalition, a national network of hundreds of conservation, scientific, education, religious, sporting, outdoor recreation, humane, business and community groups across the country. Through public education, scientific information and citizen participation, the Endangered Species Coalition works to protect our nation's wildlife and wild places. The ESC is a non-partisan coalition working with concerned citizens and decision makers from all parties to protect endangered species and habitat.

Previously, Leda was the Acting Executive Director for Finding Species, a nonprofit that uses photography as a niche to protect species biodiversity—from the United States to the Amazon, and she remains on the Finding Species Board. Previous to that, Leda worked for Resource Conservation Alliance to protect forests from a “markets” perspective—advancing alternatives to ancient forest wood products.

Leda is one of the cofounders of EcoWomen—a community of women who foster networking and collaboration for a healthy environment. Leda speaks Ukrainian and Spanish and has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Toronto with a double major in environmental science and environment & resource management and a minor in zoology.

Entries by Leda Huta

Those Dammed Salmon -- Set them Free!

(0) Comments | Posted September 8, 2015 | 12:51 PM

So... I was not anticipating being so touched by a movie about dams. How moving could that possibly be?

Very moving, as it turns out. The people behind Stoecker Ecological, Felt Soul Media and Patagonia knew what they were doing when they made...

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Hungry, Hungry Whales

(2) Comments | Posted August 19, 2015 | 7:34 PM

I admit that I'm totally charmed by orcas. But I know I'm not alone. What is it about those glossy black and white creatures? Do we see in them a reflection of us? Is our bond with orcas more apparent than with other animals?

I guess it doesn't hurt that...

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We Need Our Mighty Rivers to Save Salmon...And Whales

(0) Comments | Posted August 12, 2015 | 3:45 PM

Making a Connection: Salmon as Networker

I have been watching Cosmos a lot. It's got wide appeal in my house--children and adults are equally enchanted. Cosmos reminds me of our connection to all living things--all of us born of stardust. I hadn't thought about that in a long...

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Kids to Secretary Jewell: Follow the Science

(0) Comments | Posted March 25, 2014 | 4:00 PM

Last week we posted a video reply from the young person Secretary Jewell referenced in a public appearance in Washington, D.C. She asked Secretary Jewell to follow the science and to keep wolves protected. The group Kids 4 Wolves followed that with their own amazing video. Watch:

You can speak out for wolves and ask Secretary Jewell to follow the science .

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Independent Peer Review Panel Rejects Science Behind Secretary Jewell's Proposal to Delist Wolves

(1) Comments | Posted February 10, 2014 | 8:37 AM


The Endangered Species Coalition and many other organizations in the conservation community have long contended that Secretary Jewell's proposal to kick wolves off the Endangered Species List is unscientific and deeply flawed. It is a plan based on political science in place of...

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Protect African Lions by Starving the Lion Trade

(3) Comments | Posted June 14, 2013 | 2:28 PM

How does a lion taco or lion skewers sound to you? Sounds repulsive, I know. Alarmingly, though, these are a reality. It is a rarity, but some restaurants in the United States are offering lion meat on their menus.

This is possible because African lions are not protected...

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USFWS Abandons Gray Wolves

(5) Comments | Posted June 7, 2013 | 4:22 PM

Does science call for walking away from protecting wolves across the country? In a word, no.

But the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) announced today that they feel their work to protect gray wolves in the United States is done (not including Mexican or red wolves)....

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Endangered Wildlife Reflects Troubled Waters

(1) Comments | Posted November 14, 2012 | 12:50 PM

As people, we see ourselves living in a community, a neighborhood, a city. We also live in an ecosystem.

Just as we depend on our neighbors in our daily lives, we also depend on the natural systems that support all life: forests clean our air, mountains and lakes provide...

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Becoming the Lorax: Ten Ways to Speak for the Trees

(1) Comments | Posted March 6, 2012 | 7:10 PM

The Lorax has a simple message. We must care for our planet. If we don't, we could drive wildlife and plants to extinction. President Nixon agreed. On signing America's Endangered Species Act, he said, "Nothing is more priceless and more worthy of preservation than the rich array of animal life...

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Wildlife Is on the Losing End of Our Addiction

(5) Comments | Posted January 23, 2012 | 10:02 AM

No matter how we try to minimize fossil fuel impacts, we can't avoid the fact that these substances are inherently dirty. Oil, gas and coal are at their core, toxic substances. And as a result they are dangerous to humans and wildlife.

The ten species most threatened by fossil fuels...

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Keystone Pipeline Could Push Endangered Whooping Crane Into Extinction

(13) Comments | Posted September 6, 2011 | 4:43 PM

If you were to choose a route through which to move toxic, highly corrosive, sludgy crude oil, would you place it on the same narrow corridor used by one of the world's most endangered birds? The Canadian energy company TransCanada did and the Obama administration is on the verge of...

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Why Do the New House Republicans Hate the Bald Eagle?

(0) Comments | Posted July 26, 2011 | 3:40 PM

In 1973, Richard Nixon, a Republican president, didn't just sign the U.S. Endangered Species Act into law. His administration played a very large role in actually crafting this forward-thinking legislation. Looking at the new House Republicans today, we have to ask, "What happened?" If given the choice today, would they...

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Saving Salmon Is No Joke

(11) Comments | Posted January 27, 2011 | 3:35 PM

Last night, President Obama's salmon joke hooked the imagination of the American people. You could see it in NPR's wordcloud, and the tweets and blog posts this morning from commentators far and wide. It's not hard to understand why--salmon are a part of this country's history....

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A Marshall Plan for Nature: How to Protect Endangered Species from Climate Change

(12) Comments | Posted January 10, 2011 | 8:55 AM

If your house were on fire, what would you save? Where would you even start? What if not just your house, but your whole planet was on fire?

That is the scenario we face today. Climate change has arrived. No longer clouds gathering in the distance, the firestorm is here...

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A Marshall Plan for Nature: How to Protect Endangered Species from Climate Change

(0) Comments | Posted January 7, 2011 | 12:36 PM

If your house were on fire, what would you save? Where would you even start? What if not just your house, but your whole planet was on fire?

That is the scenario we face today. Climate change has arrived. No longer clouds gathering in the distance, the firestorm is here...

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What Does This Election Mean for Endangered Species?

(24) Comments | Posted November 5, 2010 | 5:15 PM

This election isn't good news for wildlife. Although the Endangered Species Act (ESA) was signed by Richard Nixon and passed with bipartisan support, times have changed. Politicians now use endangered species to score cheap political points, scapegoating wildlife protections for complex problems. Relying on misleading, tired old refrains like fish...

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Oil Kills Poets Spill

(0) Comments | Posted September 28, 2010 | 3:37 PM

Oil fuels our lifestyles, while its consequences unabatedly smother much of what is beautiful on this planet, including our most precious species -- those edging ever closer to the cliff of extinction. The BP Deepwater Horizon catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico is a potent and anguishing reminder of the...

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Life on Planet Earth Depends on Biodiversity

(1) Comments | Posted June 24, 2010 | 3:53 PM

In this "International Year of Biodiversity," we need to recommit our attention and action on saving life on planet Earth. With all of us naturally drawn to the continually unfolding disaster of the BP Oil Spill, an important assessment of how the world is doing on protecting wildlife slipped under...

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Endangered Species Day

(0) Comments | Posted May 20, 2010 | 9:10 PM

Today, May 21st, is Endangered Species Day. Unfortunately, the news for endangered species is not very good.

Turn on your television or open the paper today and you are likely to see heartbreaking images of dead whales and sea turtles washing up onto beaches, and birds covered in oil. The...

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Why Endangered Species and Oil Don't Mix

(0) Comments | Posted May 14, 2010 | 3:11 PM

The Deepwater Horizon catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico is the most potent and anguishing reminder yet of the potentially disastrous consequences of oil development to humans and wildlife. The burning inferno that has taken human lives isn't done harming people or wildlife. President Obama has called it, "a massive...

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