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Policy Matters: Lions, Tigers, and... Elephants!

Adam M. Roberts | Posted 08.08.2016 | Green
Adam M. Roberts

The U.S. government recently issued significant policies that may not grab headlines, but undoubtedly advance animal welfare and wildlife conservation.

Breaking News: Obama Administration Grounds Aerial Hunting, Other Inhumane Predator-Killing Practices On Refuges In Alaska

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 08.03.2016 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

I'm delighted to report that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has followed the National Park Service in prohibiting some of the most wanton and misguided methods utilized to slaughter grizzly bears, black bears, wolves, and coyotes on our public lands in Alaska

Keep Public Lands Public -- And the Wildlife They Protect!

Dan Ashe | Posted 08.05.2016 | Green
Dan Ashe

Woody Guthrie captured something essential about our nation when he penned the classic American song, “This Land is Your Land” more than 75 years ...

The True Cost of Anti-Government Extremism

Ann Morgan | Posted 06.10.2016 | Green
Ann Morgan

On June 15th, House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) will hold a forum on public lands. The forum will examine the emergence of anti-government threats to parks, forests, wildlife refuges, historic sites and recreation lands across America.

For Illegal Ivory or the Criminals Who Traffick It, There's Nowhere to Hide

Dan Ashe | Posted 06.02.2016 | Green
Dan Ashe

Given the unparalleled and escalating threats to African elephants, a near-complete ban on commercial trade in elephant ivory is the best way to ensure U.S. domestic markets do not contribute to the decline of this species in the wild.

Endangered Science

Camilla Fox | Posted 05.31.2016 | Science
Camilla Fox

As Americans enjoy this long weekend of remembrance, many will find their way to a national or state park hoping to see wildlife in their natural habi...

As Hurricane Season Begins, Readying for the Next Big Storm

Wendi Weber | Posted 05.31.2016 | Green
Wendi Weber

Hurricane season officially starts June 1, and weather forecasters are predicting an active season for hurricanes and tropical storms. While people living along the Atlantic Coast are asking themselves, "Are we ready?," we in the conservation community are asking, "Are our coasts ready?"

For Elephants, Making Something Out of Nothing

Dan Ashe | Posted 05.09.2016 | Green
Dan Ashe

The laws of physics tell us something of substance can't be created from nothing. That may be true when it comes to the physical world, but recent events show it doesn't apply to the world's burning passion for wildlife.

Stand Up for Greater Yellowstone Grizzly Bears

Cathy Kangas | Posted 04.18.2016 | Green
Cathy Kangas

Every year, millions of visitors from all over the world travel to Yellowstone National Park to see some of the most famous bears in the world - the G...

As We Celebrate World Wildlife Day, Elephants Keep Disappearing

John F. Calvelli | Posted 03.03.2016 | Green
John F. Calvelli

This World Wildlife Day reminds me how far we have come since the spring of 2013, when the world received a wake-up call to the plight of elephants. ...

Safari Club International and Las Vegas

Cathy Kangas | Posted 02.02.2016 | Green
Cathy Kangas

At the SCI's Las Vegas conference, hundreds of trophy hunts will be auctioned off. But before bidding on a hunt, attendees should know that in addition to the ban on bringing lion parts back to the United States, 45 major airlines have banned the transport of some or all types of hunting trophies.

America's Lands for the American People

Jamie Rappaport Clark | Posted 01.28.2016 | Green
Jamie Rappaport Clark

As a former director of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) during the Clinton administration, the armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge by anti-government extremists has been a tragedy for me both professionally and personally.

The Endangered Species Act Isn't Broken, But Is its Implementation Faltering?

Jamie Rappaport Clark | Posted 01.05.2016 | Green
Jamie Rappaport Clark

If these claims of economic doom and gloom purportedly caused by the ESA had any foundation in fact, this would be a serious problem warranting close attention. Fortunately, the adverse economic impacts attributed to the ESA have no basis in "fact" and we now have compelling new peer-reviewed data to prove it.

Florida Black Bear Hunt Is a Travesty; The Attack on Wildlife Has to End

Julia Orr | Posted 11.02.2015 | Green
Julia Orr

The murder of Blaze was done amidst massive protest from the public, activists and bear behavior experts alike, and yet again, officials chose to ignore all of these protestations.

Bringing Endangered Ferrets Back to their Historic Habitat

Caitlin Cattelino | Posted 10.21.2015 | Denver
Caitlin Cattelino

Even as we celebrate the return of the black-footed ferret to the Arsenal, the law that made it possible to save the ferret from extinction and has been the source of many similar conservation success stories, the Endangered Species Act, is under growing attacks.

A New Chapter for Peter Cottontail

Wendi Weber | Posted 09.18.2015 | Green
Wendi Weber

Less than a decade ago, the New England Cottontail, the inspiration behind the popular children's book character Peter Cottontail, was destined for the Endangered Species List.

The Fate of Greater Sage-grouse is in Our Hands

Jamie Rappaport Clark | Posted 08.01.2016 | Green
Jamie Rappaport Clark

Unless the federal plans are improved, the Fish and Wildlife Service may have little choice but to propose sage-grouse for listing under the Endangered Species Act.

Destroying Ivory to Save Elephants: Is it Working?

Bernard Starr | Posted 06.23.2016 | Green
Bernard Starr

Poachers and unscrupulous marketers and buyers of ivory apparently have not been thwarted by the destruction of ivory, as evidenced by the continuing robust market for ivory after the massive crushes.

Crushing the Bloody Ivory Trade

Dr. Cristián Samper | Posted 06.20.2016 | Green
Dr. Cristián Samper

For a brief moment yesterday, Times Square stood still. Even the world's most famous cluster of dazzling super signs, towering over Broadway, could not compete with the simple message that on this day, we all stand for elephants.

Bat Disease Epidemic Still Expanding Throughout North America

Michael Sainato | Posted 06.24.2015 | Green
Michael Sainato

For the past decade, an epidemic called White-Nose Syndrome has had severe impacts on bat populations throughout North America. The fungus, Pseudogymnoascus destructans, feeds on soft tissues of bats such as their wings and noses.

U. S. Army Corps of Engineers to Kill Thousands of Cormorants: There Will Be Blood

Marc Bekoff | Posted 05.31.2015 | Green
Marc Bekoff

Despite experts agreeing that killing the cormorants is wrong and won't work, it turns out that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is planning to kill nearly 11,000 cormorants and destroy more than 26,000 of their nests to try to reduce cormorant numbers by more than half.

Ferret Camp

Robin Walter | Posted 05.17.2015 | Green
Robin Walter

Black-footed ferret (Mustela nigripes), Photo credit: Randy Matchett When senior U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist Randy Matchett invited me t...

Michael McAuliff

Meet The Falconer Who Took On The Feds, And Won | Michael McAuliff | Posted 03.04.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After Mike Dupuy, a master falconer in central Pennsylvania, captured three young goshawks last year, he reported the “takes” to loc...

Kate Sheppard

Government Pledges $3 Million To Save Monarch Butterfly | Kate Sheppard | Posted 02.11.2015 | Green

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and environmental partners announced a program Monday aimed at regrowing critical habitat for the imp...

Xavier Cortada's Art: Inspired by Science, and Uniquely Miami

Erin N. Marcus, M.D. | Posted 01.26.2015 | Arts
Erin N. Marcus, M.D.

It had all the trappings of a typical Miami funeral. The eulogists, stifling their tears. The aria, Handel's mournful Piangero la Sorte Mia. The loud lamentations of the black laced lloradera.