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Wildlife Conservation

To Save the Birds, Hold Humans Accountable -- Not Cats

Becky Robinson | Posted 04.02.2014 | Green
Becky Robinson

We can't settle for the easy option -- especially when it's wrong.

Spring Forward -- for Wildlife

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 03.21.2014 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

As the air and soil warm, animals also get more active, bringing life with a new season. At our wildlife care centers, that means babies, and lots of them.

Why Protecting the Environment 'For Future Generations' Is a Bad Idea

Jamie Bechtel | Posted 03.12.2014 | Green
Jamie Bechtel

Future generations matter. Long-term sustainability matters. But we will not win the long game if we do not recognize that protecting the lives of children today matters more. It makes us better people. It makes us better environmentalists.

Give a Hoot About Wildlife

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 02.19.2014 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

While it's difficult to mitigate the effects of human activities for surprising visitors from the north who are unaware of the hazards of populated, temperate climates, we can be more much conscious of our behavior toward more familiar and common wildlife in our communities.

5 Nairobi Gems Overlooked by Tourists

Adam Pervez | Posted 03.23.2014 | Travel
Adam Pervez

While the bush offers incredible experiences, seeing wildlife in their natural habitat, and visits with the Masai give an insight into what tribal life once was, these unique experiences are waiting for you in Nairobi.

Real Conservation or Just Rhino Slaughter for Sport?

Will Travers | Posted 03.20.2014 | Green
Will Travers

Fewer than 5,000 black rhinos remain in the wild. They need our urgent aid: not a hunter's bullet. This is not real conservation; this is rhino slaughter for sport.

Tigers or Coal? India Makes a Choice

Madhusree Mukerjee | Posted 03.17.2014 | World
Madhusree Mukerjee

The retort appears to be the Indian government's stock response to concerns that its planned expansion of coal mining is so immense that it could render extinct the tiger population of central India.

Eagles Are Worth Fighting for Today

David Yarnold | Posted 03.12.2014 | Green
David Yarnold

We're sick and tired of conservation being used as a wedge issue by cynical politicians to divide Americans and chip away at our great natural heritage -- including our majestic eagles.

We Must Protect Eagles and Expand Wind Power at the Same Time

Frances Beinecke | Posted 03.12.2014 | Green
Frances Beinecke

Striking a balance between wildlife conservation and wind energy development starts with understanding threats to eagle populations, and how our actions, including operating wind farms, are affecting them.

Is Animal Rights the Next Human Rights?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 03.11.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Will the passion of the animal rights movement soon become part of an international debate at the United Nations and related institutions as "Digital Diplomacy" takes another advance from the virtual?

This Moment Could Have Easily Never Happened

Trip Van Noppen | Posted 03.11.2014 | Green
Trip Van Noppen

This remarkable bird of prey, the bald eagle, was headed the way of so many other species and died out, at the hands of us humans.

A Symbolic Reminder of What's Possible

Carter Roberts | Posted 03.11.2014 | Green
Carter Roberts

The eagle's recovery inspires us to dream about the possibilities to do equally important work elsewhere on the planet.

These Adorable Penguin Chicks Are Saving Their Species

David DiGregorio | Posted 03.08.2014 | Green
David DiGregorio

The African penguin is in peril. Classified as endangered, the species is considered to be in rapid decline with just 60,000 left in existence.

Old Friends and New Friends

Dr. Laurie Marker | Posted 03.02.2014 | Green
Dr. Laurie Marker

Allow me to introduce you to my friend the cheetah: It's the world's fastest land animal, and we've lost over 90 percent of the world's wild population in the last 100 years. The cheetah and I are old friends.

Two-Day Holiday Killing 'Derby' in Idaho Targets Wolves and Coyotes

Camilla Fox | Posted 02.22.2014 | Green
Camilla Fox

Coyotes provide many ecosystem services that benefit people including their control of smaller predators, disease-carrying rodents and jackrabbits, which compete with domestic livestock for available forage. As apex predators, wolves increase biodiversity and ecological integrity. Even the contest sponsors are unwilling to defend their contest.

Affirming Our All-American Conservation Values Through the Endangered Species Act

Jamie Rappaport Clark | Posted 02.19.2014 | Green
Jamie Rappaport Clark

After 40 important years of protecting America's wildlife for future generations, we find ourselves at a familiar crossroads, similar to where our leaders stood when they originally passed the ESA.

The Time to See -- and Save -- Africa's Elephants is Now

Natural Habitat Adventures | Posted 01.26.2014 | Travel
Natural Habitat Adventures

Africa's elephants face an unprecedented poaching siege. It's a crisis of global significance that the U.S. government is taking action against -- and one in which safari ecotourism plays an important role, undergirding the value for local communities of keeping elephants alive.

Wolves Should Remain on Endangered Species List

Richard Steiner | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Richard Steiner

Even those in our national parks are hunted and trapped when they cross invisible boundaries, leading to the disintegration of family groups. And ignorant wildlife policies of western state governments continue to sanction the indiscriminate wolf killing that symbolized the wild west of the 19th century.

Native Landscaping vs. Exotic Landscaping: What Should You Do?

Mark Hostetler | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Mark Hostetler

Certainly, non-natives do have their place (e.g., vegetable gardens, turfgrass for recreation, and exotic flowers for show), but the dominance of exotic vegetation is at the expense of our natural heritage. Alternatives do exist and people are increasingly interested in sustainable options.

The Gorillas of Bwindi - Dr. Gladys and CTPH

Turk Pipkin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Turk Pipkin

Spend a few days photographing mountain gorillas and you quickly learn that it takes a lot of greenery to fuel a 400-pound vegetarian.

Snag! Why Keep That Dead Tree in Your Yard?

Mark Hostetler | Posted 12.03.2013 | Green
Mark Hostetler

A "hard" outside with a soft inside is ideal for cavity-nesting birds. You can even "plant" a downed tree in the yard to provide a snag for species.

Beyond Yellowstone: When Conservationists Play Offense

Zachary Podmore | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Zachary Podmore

When conservation plays offense, what's at stake is not so much some future loss, but a linked and living landscape that's out there right now, a landscape where it is still possible to see five bears pass by a campfire in a single night.

This Land Was Made For You and Me

Jason A. Atkinson | Posted 09.26.2013 | Green
Jason A. Atkinson

An annual pilgrimage begins this week. Thousands of Americans are excitedly unpacking boxes from Cabelas and Orvis and planning to leave the office ea...

Conservation's Radical Middle

Jason A. Atkinson | Posted 09.20.2013 | New York
Jason A. Atkinson

This new conservation movement created along horizontal lines and reaching across to people, holds no victory for these types of leaders. How can you be a true environmentalist working with a Republican? How can you get reelected if people who share the same concern you do are not part of your party?

Football Sunday at Popcorn Park?

Susan Sacirbey | Posted 11.12.2013 | Travel
Susan Sacirbey

Labor Day Weekend 20 years ago, Ambassador Mo and I were headed to Long Island in a new Bronco II SUV. For those unfamiliar with New York roadways,...