User: irge304 Topic: Biodiversity
Category: Protection :: Conservation Efforts
Last updated: Feb 20 2017 15:55 IST RSS 2.0
 
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Prairie dog towns in Colorado cover twice the acreage researchers once thought 20.2.2017 Denver Post: Local
Prairie dogs -- the long-reviled rodents that pester developers and ranchers, yet play a key role for Great Plains ecosystems -- not only are surviving but may be far more abundant in Colorado than previously believed.
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Zoo introduces endangered African painted dog pups to public 18.2.2017 Seattle Times: Local

CUMBERLAND, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio zoo says a litter of six African painted dog puppies born in December can now be viewed by the public. The Columbus Zoo says the puppies from the endangered species have begun exploring publicly visible areas of the zoo’s conservation center, The Wilds, in Cumberland, Ohio. Dan Beetem, director […]
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Colorado Springs-based NASA study could change how world measures snow 18.2.2017 Headlines: All Headlines
A Navy plane making frequent flights over Colorado's western mountains is part of a big NASA push to build a satellite that can measure the moisture in snowpack.
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New Mexico panel OKs bill outlawing coyote-hunting contests 17.2.2017 Seattle Times: Nation & World

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Legislation that would ban coyote-hunting competitions in New Mexico cleared its first hurdle Thursday, while a measure aimed at overhauling the mission of the state’s game and fish agency was sidelined amid concerns about financial burdens. During a packed hearing, a majority of the Senate Conservation Committee gave the coyote […]
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Group sues Trump administration for delaying bumblebee's endangered listing 16.2.2017 Minnesota Public Radio: News
The Natural Resources Defense Council says the U.S. Department of Interior broke the law by postponing the listing without public notice and comment. It was scheduled to take effect Feb. 10.
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Endangered Species Act may be heading for the threatened list 16.2.2017 Washington Post
At least one Republican has vowed to wage an effort to repeal the 43-year-old law, which has saved bald eagles, gray wolves and manatees from extinction. Other GOP lawmakers took aim at the measure during a Senate hearing.
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Environmental Group Sues Trump Administration After Listing of Bee Is Delayed 15.2.2017 Wall St. Journal: Policy
A decision by the Trump administration to delay protections of the rusty patched bumblebee is creating a legal buzz. The Obama administration had granted the bee endangered-species status in early January.
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Appeals court won’t re-hear the ‘dusky gopher frog’ case 14.2.2017 Seattle Times: Nation & World

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Advocates for an endangered species of frog have won a victory in a case that’s headed for the U.S. Supreme Court. A federal appeals court in New Orleans has refused to revive an environmental case involving the “dusky gopher frog.” Last year, a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court […]
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The imperiled saiga antelope is struck by a plague — again 14.2.2017 Washington Post
The imperiled saiga antelope is struck by a plague — again
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Herbert: Utah loves its public lands, and I will partner more closely with outdoor industry 11.2.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
If you have followed the news and social media this week, you know the issue of public lands management has once again taken center stage in Utah. Obviously there are differences of opinion on this matter. But let me be clear about where there is full agreement: Utahns love our exceptional public lands. We love their grandeur and beauty. We love the opportunities they create for solitude and recreation. We agree that these lands must be protected. Let there be no mistake. Our criticisms of fe...
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River otters are thriving again in Colorado, showing statewide conservation efforts can work 11.2.2017 Denver Post: News: Local
Spunky fish-chomping river otters who faced extinction in Colorado and other Western states are bouncing back -- evidence that keeping waterways clean and protecting wetlands brings results.
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Now Trump's Coming for the Bumble Bees 11.2.2017 Mother Jones
First, it was puppies . Now Trump is going after bees. Just weeks before leaving office, the Obama Administration's Fish and Wildlife Service placed the rusty patched bumble bee on the endangered species list—the first bee species to gain that status in the continental United States . Just weeks after taking office, the Trump Administration temporarily reversed that decision. (See great pictures of this charismatic pollinator here. ) The official announcement of the delay cites a White House memo , released just after Trump's inauguration, instructing federal agencies to freeze all new regulations that had been announced but not yet taken effect, for the purpose of "reviewing questions of fact, law, and policy they raise." The Fish and Wildlife Service, which oversees the endangered species list, acted just in the nick of time in delaying the bumble bee's endangered status—it was scheduled to make its debut on the list on Feb. 10. Rebecca Riley, a senior attorney for the Natural Resources Defense ...
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Trump administration puts off listing bumble bee as endangered 10.2.2017 Washington Post
Trump administration puts off listing bumble bee as endangered
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Trump administration delays listing bumblebee as endangered 9.2.2017 Seattle Times: Local

With President Trump pledging to cut back on federal regulations, environmentalists said they feared the bumblebee protection might be doomed.
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Trump administration delays listing bumblebee as endangered 9.2.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Traverse City, Mich. • The Trump administration on Thursday delayed what would be the first endangered designation for a bee species in the continental U.S., one day before it was to take effect. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service adopted a rule Jan. 11 extending federal protection to the rusty patched bumblebee, one of many types of bees that play a vital role in pollinating crops and wild plants. It once was common across the East Coast and much of the Midwest but its numbers have plummeted si...
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Once-reviled scavenger bird now the pride of its Indian home 9.2.2017 Washington Post: World
The greater adjutant stork used to be an object of revulsion in northeast India. It’s not a pretty bird, with its large, dull-orange bill and gray, black and white plumage. A carnivore and scavenger, it left bits of dead animals in its nests. People thought it brought bad luck, so they destroyed nests and sometimes poisoned the birds.
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Once-reviled scavenger bird now the pride of its Indian home 9.2.2017 Seattle Times: Top stories

GAUHATI, India (AP) — The greater adjutant stork used to be an object of revulsion in northeast India. It’s not a pretty bird, with its large, dull-orange bill and gray, black and white plumage. A carnivore and scavenger, it left bits of dead animals in its nests. People thought it brought bad luck, so they […]
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After more than a century, bison return to Canada's oldest national park 8.2.2017 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Banff National Park is hailing the beasts' return as a "historic and cultural triumph." Local indigenous communities also have strong spiritual ties to the bison, and welcomed their reintroduction.
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After More Than A Century, Bison Return To Canada's Oldest National Park 8.2.2017 NPR News
Banff National Park is hailing the beasts' return as a "historic and cultural triumph." Local indigenous communities also have strong spiritual ties to the bison, and welcomed their reintroduction.
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WWF calls for fishing ban to save last of vaquita porpoises 7.2.2017 Seattle Times: Local

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The World Wildlife Fund on Monday called for a complete ban on fishing in the habitat of the vaquita porpoise, noting an international committee of experts has determined that fewer than 30 of the critically endangered mammals probably remain in the upper Gulf of California, the only place they live. Experts […]
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